watt·​age | \ ˈwä-tij How to pronounce wattage (audio) \

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.
Recent Examples on the Web But Harden and Westbrook, as high-wattage superstars, provide reams of good material. Joe Freeman, oregonlive, "The NBA’s great awakening, redoing Trail Blazers’ worst trade, Nuggets-Jazz Game 7, thanking Chris Paul: NBA news and notes," 1 Sep. 2020 After buttery sunsets fade into glowing orange then purple light, the heavens do their high-wattage flexing. David Howard, Popular Mechanics, ""Mad Mike" Hughes Rejected Science and Chased Fame. It Killed Him.," 30 Aug. 2020 But starting Friday, the Puerto Rican rapper, whose real name is Benito Antonio Martínez Ocasio, and Alejandro Fernandez, a popular Mexican singer, are lending their star wattage and strains from their recent hits to Biden's White House bid. Ed O'keefe, CBS News, "Bad Bunny and Alejandro Fernandez lend star power to Biden's White House bid," 28 Aug. 2020 Hence it’s not necessarily the wattage that makes lights bright or dim. New York Times, "Letters to the Editor," 28 Aug. 2020 Trump has long fumed that his administration had never drawn high-wattage celebrities like his predecessor, President Barack Obama, did. Laurie Kellman, Star Tribune, "Who's in power? Convention lineup has clues to Trump's favor," 27 Aug. 2020 That happened, but not in full wattage until 2011, for her one-woman show, Ann. Jason Sheeler, PEOPLE.com, "How Emmy Nominee Holland Taylor Made It Big in Hollywood in Her 70s: ‘I Was Never the Ingenue’," 19 Aug. 2020 Glass, of course, is less likely to stain or absorb food odors, but can break and doesn’t play well with high-speed blades and wattage. Lesley Kennedy, CNN Underscored, "The best blenders of 2020," 19 Aug. 2020 With access to just 50,000 high-wattage smart devices, attackers could make a bundle off of causing minor fluctuations. Lily Hay Newman, Wired, "Hackers Could Use IoT Botnets to Manipulate Energy Markets," 4 Aug. 2020

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First Known Use of wattage

1903, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of wattage was in 1903

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“Wattage.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/wattage. Accessed 21 Sep. 2020.

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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


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Medical Definition of wattage

: amount of power expressed in watts

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