watt·​age | \ˈwä-tij \

Definition of wattage 

1 : amount of power expressed in watts

2 : dynamic or mental energy or appeal the celebrity's high wattage

Examples of wattage in a Sentence

Use a bulb with low wattage.

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The speaker doesn’t necessarily need to be a high-wattage, charismatic public communicator. Matthew Yglesias, Vox, "House Democrats don’t need a leader, they need someone to represent them on TV," 20 Nov. 2018 All of this is dependent on high-wattage appliances becoming connected and vulnerable. Sean Gallagher, Ars Technica, "Just say no: Wi-Fi-enabled appliance botnet could bring power grid to its knees," 17 Aug. 2018 The dark, sultry vibes and intimate cocktail seating arrangements, are meant to bring you into the high-wattage, glamorous world of the show's namesake creator. Juliana Shallcross, Condé Nast Traveler, "10 Best Shows to See in Las Vegas," 27 Feb. 2018 Dell also claims that the thermal-management system allows for 100-percent GPU wattage, meaning the GPU won't be throttled even when under extreme conditions. Valentina Palladino, Ars Technica, "Alienware m15 laptop sports thinnest Dell gaming design, Nvidia Max-Q GPUs," 4 Oct. 2018 On Monday, the #MeToo movement will get its highest wattage moment yet when psychology professor Christine Blasey Ford and Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh testify in front of Congress about one night in Maryland over 36 years ago. Vanessa Grigoriadis, Glamour, "Read This Before Asking Why Christine Blasey Ford Waited To Tell Her Brett Kavanaugh Story," 18 Sep. 2018 Dyson also partnered with (read: paid) other hairstylists to use the tool on their A-list celebrity clients at high wattage events like the Met Gala and the Golden Globes. Cheryl Wischhover, Vox, "Dyson’s new $500 golden hair dryer, explained," 29 Aug. 2018 After Uma Thurman closed Miu Miu’s Cruise collection show this weekend, the star wattage celebrated at the after-party at the Hotel Regina. Vogue, "Miu Miu Boogies Down After Its Cruise Collection in Paris," 2 July 2018 The Quilted Giraffe — which opened in 1979 at Second Avenue and 50th Street and eventually moved to 550 Madison — was there through it all, the ultimate high-wattage clubhouse, with luxurious food and a clientele always eager to spend. Jay Cheshes, Town & Country, "Caviar and Cocaine," 6 Feb. 2013

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First Known Use of wattage

1903, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of wattage

: the amount of electrical power measured in watts that something (such as a light bulb) uses


watt·​age | \ˈwät-ij \

Medical Definition of wattage 

: amount of power expressed in watts

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