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[for James WattWatt, James,
1736–1819, Scottish inventor. While working at the Univ. of Glasgow as an instrument maker, Watt was asked to repair a model of Thomas Newcomen's steam engine.
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], abbr. W, unit of power, or work done per unit time, equal to 1 joule per second. It is used as a measure of electrical and mechanical power. One watt is the amount of power that is delivered to a component of an electric circuit when a current of 1 ampere flows through the component and a voltage of 1 volt exists across it. The derivative units are kilowatt (1,000 W; kW) and megawatt (1,000,000 W; MW), used in electric power systems, and milliwatt (0.001 W; mW) and microwatt (0.000001 W; μW), used in electronics.
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watt

(wot) Symbol: W. The SI unit of power, defined as the power resulting from the dissipation of one joule of energy in one second.
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watt

[wät]
(physics)
The unit of power in the meter-kilogram-second system of units, equal to 1 joule per second. Symbolized W.
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watt

A unit of power; the power required to do work at the rate of 1 joule per second, which is equal to the power dissipated in an electric circuit in which a potential difference of 1 volt causes a current of 1 ampere to flow.
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watt

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 horsepower.

Watt

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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watt

The standard unit of measurement of electrical power. In a direct current (DC) circuit, one watt is one ampere of current flowing at one volt. In an alternating current (AC) circuit, watt ratings are a calculation of how the circuit reacts to the AC source. See volt-amps and RMS.
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