wattage

noun

watt·​age ˈwä-tij How to pronounce wattage (audio)
1
: amount of power expressed in watts
2
: dynamic or mental energy or appeal
the celebrity's high wattage

Example Sentences

Use a bulb with low wattage.
Recent Examples on the Web But the film, despite being mostly set in a huge, expensive apartment that inexplicably seems to be illuminated only by low-wattage lightbulbs, by and large resists the easy tropes of conventional horror. Michael O'sullivan, Washington Post, 21 Nov. 2022 Even though some famous film star names, like Gwyneth Paltrow’s, get bandied about, and even though Ashley Judd, one of Weinstein’s survivors, actually plays herself, much of the movie has a low-wattage, by-the-book single-mindedness. Peter Rainer, The Christian Science Monitor, 17 Nov. 2022 This, believe it or not, was somehow not the lowest-wattage performance of the night. Bill Oram, oregonlive, 5 Nov. 2022 According to Huang, higher volts and wattage do not necessarily equate to better suction. Barbara Bellesi Zito, Better Homes & Gardens, 2 Nov. 2022 One tester deemed this the perfect combination for windy, 40-degree conditions atop Pearl Pass, while another preferred it for high-wattage uphills in mid-20 degree temperatures. Kelly Bastone, Outside Online, 18 Oct. 2022 This year, the celebrity wattage was turned down a bit—just a midterm, after all—and Biden and Barack Obama finished the campaign, this weekend, with a rally on Temple University’s campus. Benjamin Wallace-wells, The New Yorker, 7 Nov. 2022 And outside of the metropolitan ecosystem where EVs thrive, Lightning’s wattage starts to dim — starting with its hauling ability. cleveland, 5 Nov. 2022 According to Paul Dergarabedian, senior media analyst at Comscore, the key factor in the two pictures’ varying fortunes may come down to movie star wattage. Josh Rottenbergstaff Writer, Los Angeles Times, 23 Oct. 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

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 8 Dec. 2022.

Kids Definition

wattage

noun
watt·​age ˈwät-ij How to pronounce wattage (audio)
: amount of power expressed in watts

Medical Definition

wattage

noun
watt·​age ˈwät-ij How to pronounce wattage (audio)
: amount of power expressed in watts

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