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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Since overhead lights and windows tend to cause the most glare, using lower wattage bulbs or coverings like blinds may also help. Korin Miller, SELF, "7 Ways to Keep Your Eyes Comfortable If You Work at Computer All Day," 5 Oct. 2018 Auto-Shut Off Though irons may be compact, they're packed with a lot of wattage. Christina Peterson, Good Housekeeping, "5 Tips for Buying a Steam Iron," 27 Jan. 2012 For example, soft dishes like hummus or sauces like mayo are perfect to make in a food processor with a low wattage. Audrey Bruno, SELF, "Here Are All the Different Ways to Use Your New Food Processor," 15 Jan. 2019 As the holidays approach so do the award season film contenders, one of which premiered last night at AMC Loews Lincoln Square, where Julia Roberts and Lucas Hedges brought the wattage (and tears) in Ben is Back. Vogue, "Julia Roberts, Lucas Hedges, and More Bring the Tears at the Ben is Back Premiere," 4 Dec. 2018 The story will once again span decades, and feature a high-wattage cast Set in the Ozark in Arkansas True Detective season three will span three decades, centering on a case involving two missing children. Karen Han, Vox, "True Detective season 3 premieres January 13. Here’s everything we know so far.," 12 Oct. 2018 The Orsini brothers, Armando and Elio, were talented showmen who were always on the lookout for new takes on classic dishes that might interest their high-wattage regulars, such as Frank Sinatra and Jackie Onassis. David Samuels, Town & Country, "One Bad Egg," 18 Oct. 2013 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

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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


watt·​age | \ ˈwät-ij \

Medical Definition of wattage

: amount of power expressed in watts

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