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megawatt

[meg-uh-wot]
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noun Electricity.
  1. a unit of power, equal to one million watts. Abbreviation: MW
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Origin of megawatt

First recorded in 1895–1900; mega- + watt
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megawatt

noun
  1. one million wattsSymbol: MW
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Word Origin and History for megawatt

v.

1900, from mega- + watt.

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megawatt in Culture

megawatt

A unit of power: one million watts. A typical large electrical generating plant can produce a thousand megawatts of electricity.

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