Definition of


  1. (noun, quantity) a unit of power equal to 1 joule per second; the power dissipated by a current of 1 ampere flowing across a resistance of 1 ohm
  2. (noun, person) Scottish engineer and inventor whose improvements in the steam engine led to its wide use in industry (1736-1819)

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Synonyms of Watt

james watt, w

Alternate forms of Watt

Hypernyms: power unit

Origin of the word Watt

  1. unit of electrical power, 1882, in allusion to James Watt (1736-1819), Scottish engineer and inventor. Wattage is recorded from 1903. more

via Online Etymology Dictionary, ©2001 Douglas Harper

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