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[kil-uh-wot] /ˈkɪl əˌwɒt/
a unit of power, equal to 1000 watts.
Abbreviation: kW, kw.
Origin of kilowatt
1880-85; kilo- + watt Unabridged
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Examples from the web for kilowatt
  • In its top-secret world, the coin of the realm is the kilowatt.
  • Some utility companies purchase green power in your name for only pennies more per kilowatt.
  • It's plentiful and relatively cheap-maybe a few cents a kilowatt-hour for them to mine and burn.
  • Today photovoltaic cells cannot compete with electricity in terms of price per kilowatt-hour.
  • So, while you are using less electricity, you're paying more for each kilowatt hour used.
  • Today, the industry finds that for every kilowatt of power it uses to drive a server, another kilowatt is needed to cool it.
  • Previous prototypes have cost thousands of dollars per kilowatt to manufacture, he says.
  • The code unlocks the system until a set number of kilowatt-hours is consumed.
  • To produce a milliwatt of power, unfortunately, the reactor consumes a kilowatt.
British Dictionary definitions for kilowatt


one thousand watts kW
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Word Origin and History for kilowatt

1884, from kilo- + watt. Kilowatt hour is from 1892. Related: Kilowattage.

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kilowatt in Science
A unit of power equal to 1,000 watts.
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kilowatt in Culture
kilowatt [(kil-uh-waht)]

One thousand watts. (See power.)

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Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Company.
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