watt

[ wot ]
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noun

the standard unit of power in the International System of Units(SI), equivalent to one joule per second and equal to the power in a circuit in which a current of one ampere flows across a potential difference of one volt. Abbreviation: W, w.

Origin of watt

First recorded in 1882; named after J. Watt

Definition for watt (2 of 2)

Watt

[ wot ]
/ wɒt /

noun

James,1736–1819, Scottish engineer and inventor.
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British Dictionary definitions for watt (1 of 2)

watt

/ (wɒt) /

noun

the derived SI unit of power, equal to 1 joule per second; the power dissipated by a current of 1 ampere flowing across a potential difference of 1 volt. 1 watt is equivalent to 1.341 × 10 –3 horsepowerSymbol: W

Word Origin for watt

C19: named after James Watt

British Dictionary definitions for watt (2 of 2)

Watt

/ (wɒt) /

noun

James. 1736–1819, Scottish engineer and inventor. His fundamental improvements to the steam engine led to the widespread use of steam power in industry
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Word Origin and History for watt

watt


n.

unit of electrical power, 1882, in honor of James Watt (1736-1819), Scottish engineer and inventor.

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Medicine definitions for watt

watt

[ wŏt ]

n.

A unit of power in the International System of Units equal to one joule per second.
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Science definitions for watt (1 of 2)

watt

[ wŏt ]

The SI derived unit used to measure power, equal to one joule per second. In electricity, a watt is equal to current (in amperes) multiplied by voltage (in volts).

Science definitions for watt (2 of 2)

Watt

James 1736-1819

British engineer and inventor who patented a much improved version of the steam engine (1769) and devised the unit of horsepower. The watt unit of power is named for him.
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Culture definitions for watt

watt


The basic unit of power, named after the eighteenth-century Scottish inventor James Watt.

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