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[ wot-ij ]


  1. power, as measured in watts.
  2. the amount of power required to operate an electrical appliance or device.


/ ˈwɒtɪdʒ /


  1. power, esp electric power, measured in watts
  2. the power rating, measured in watts, of an electrical appliance


/ wŏtĭj /

  1. An amount of power, especially electrical power, expressed in watts or kilowatts.

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Word History and Origins

Origin of wattage1

First recorded in 1900–05; watt + -age

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Example Sentences

If you just need a little extra blast of heat here and there, you can relax on the wattage rule, but only slightly.

Higher wattage also means shorter cooking time, which can make a big difference when preparing food at a moment’s notice.

Check the wattageIn the most basic terms, wattage determines energy consumption and overall power.

Just like with fine, thin hair, high wattage with multiple heat settings is key—but you should also investigate an infrared hair dryer.

Regardless of the heating method, you’ll want a dryer with a wattage of 1600 or higher.

But this season he turns down the wattage, playing a darkly serious role in a play said to be about fly-fishing.

Remember how Scott Brown attained wattage in 2009 by beating Democrat Martha Coakley in Massachusetts?

The Sims brought the celebrity cameo game to the next level with a series of high-wattage star appearances.

There is also a direct relationship between the star wattage of the player and the success of the shoe.

As soon as you walk in, you have to adjust your eyes to the tremendous star wattage on display.

Show how to figure the wattage that a circuit protected by a 15 ampere fuse can handle.

Now that you know the wattage of the appliance, multiply this figure by number of hours the equipment operates in one day.

Otherwise you must multiply volts times amps to get the wattage.

Should you attach an appliance of heavier wattage to a light socket you will doubtless “blow” a fuse.

These required special wiring, as the wattage was too heavy to allow of their operation from the light socket.


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