unit of electrical power, 1882, in honor of James Watt (1736-1819), Scottish engineer and inventor.
A unit of power in the International System of Units equal to one joule per second.
|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.