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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More star wattage would have helped this touring production, which heads after its run at the Pantages to the Segerstrom Center for the Arts in Costa Mesa. Charles Mcnulty, latimes.com, "'The Color Purple' national tour turns down the wattage — and burns a little less brightly," 30 May 2018 In a performance widely hailed as her strongest in years, Stone portrays Olivia Lake, an endearingly jaded children's book author whose ski-resort property and high-wattage charm inspire the men in her life to behave badly. Hugh Hart, latimes.com, "Sharon Stone drops the weight of pre-conceived expectations and tackles 'Mosaic' with ease," 23 May 2018 Abloh took the extremely high-wattage red carpet opportunity to debut the latest edition from his ongoing Off-White x Nike partnership: a special light-blue colorway of Air Jordan 1. Tyler Watamanuk, GQ, "Virgil Abloh Used the Met Gala to Debut Yet Another Pair of Off-White Jordans," 8 May 2018 Although the article discusses the weapon’s burning effects in detail, the ZKZM-500's wattage is conveniently left out. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "China Claims to Have a Laser Assault Rifle That Can Set Clothes on Fire," 3 July 2018 The hurricane knocked down the frail power grid that distributes wattage from generation plants in the south across transmission towers spread like dominoes along the peaks of the island’s mountains. Arelis R. Hernández, Washington Post, "In Puerto Rico’s ‘last mile,’ power is still elusive as next hurricane season looms," 4 Apr. 2018 Ritualistic pronouncements of deliciousness abound, often punctuated with a certain four-letter word, and the occasional non-culinary star — Aziz Ansari, Jimmy Kimmel — drops by to both lend and borrow celebrity wattage. Mike Hale, New York Times, "Review: David Chang in the Comfort Food Zone on Netflix," 23 Feb. 2018 Barefoot Sound’s studio monitors start at just under $4,000 and feature midrange drivers and more than double the wattage, which these Bookshelf Speakers can’t really compete against. Micah Singleton, The Verge, "Shinola made studio-quality speakers for your home," 9 July 2018 Think about scale To make sure the fixtures look right, another thing to consider is the scale of your space, which can help determine the size and shape of the fixture as well as the wattage of the bulb. Jennifer Baum Lagdameo, Curbed, "Outdoor lighting: A beginner’s guide," 19 June 2018

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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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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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