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kilowatt-hour

[ kil-uh-wot-ouuh r, -ou-er ]
/ ˈkɪl əˌwɒtˈaʊər, -ˈaʊ ər /
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noun

a unit of energy, equivalent to the energy transferred or expended in one hour by one kilowatt of power; approximately 1.34 horsepower-hours. Abbreviation: kWh, K.W.H., kwhr

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Nearby words

kiloton, kilovolt, kilovolt-ampere, kilovoltage, kilowatt, kilowatt-hour, kilpatrick, kilroy, kilt, kilt pleat, kilted

Origin of kilowatt-hour

First recorded in 1890–95
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Examples from the Web for kilowatt-hour

  • Buck Kendall was casting furtive glances at the kilowatt-hour meter.

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  • Ten 100-watt light bulbs burning for one hour would use one kilowatt-hour—one kwh.

British Dictionary definitions for kilowatt-hour

kilowatt-hour


noun

a unit of energy equal to the work done by a power of 1000 watts in one hourSymbol: kWh
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Science definitions for kilowatt-hour

kilowatt-hour


A unit used to measure energy, especially electrical energy in commercial applications. One kilowatt-hour is equal to one kilowatt of power produced or consumed over a period of one hour, or 3.6 X 106 joules.
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Culture definitions for kilowatt-hour

kilowatt-hour

[ (kil-uh-waht) ]

A unit of energy: the expenditure of one kilowatt of power for one hour. A toaster running for an hour will use about this much energy.

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