[ meg-uh-wot ]
/ ˈmɛg əˌwɒt /

noun Electricity.

a unit of power, equal to one million watts. Abbreviation: MW

Origin of megawatt

First recorded in 1895–1900; mega- + watt Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

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British Dictionary definitions for megawatt

/ (ˈmɛɡəˌwɒt) /


one million wattsSymbol: MW
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Cultural definitions for 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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