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[wot-ij] /ˈwɒt ɪdʒ/
power, as measured in watts.
the amount of power required to operate an electrical appliance or device.
Origin of wattage
1900-05; watt + -age Unabridged
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  • The tunnels were silent and, lit by low-wattage bulbs, gloomy.
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  • So your input wattage per unit area is several times what the plants get.
  • The more wattage in the signal, the more power it has.
  • It never ceases to amaze me how much you can learn from simple wattage measurements.
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  • wattage is the amount of electricity needed by a device for power or for charging.
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British Dictionary definitions for wattage


power, esp electric power, measured in watts
the power rating, measured in watts, of an electrical appliance
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Word Origin and History for wattage

1903, from watt + -age.

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