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Watts

[wots] /wɒts/
noun
1.
André
[ahn-drey] /ˈɑn dreɪ/ (Show IPA),
born 1946, U.S. concert pianist, born in Germany.
2.
George Frederick, 1817–1904, English painter and sculptor.
3.
Isaac, 1674–1748, English theologian and hymnist.

watt

[wot] /wɒt/
noun
1.
the standard unit of power in the International System of Units (SI), equivalent to one joule per second and equal to the power in a circuit in which a current of one ampere flows across a potential difference of one volt.
Abbreviation: W, w.
Origin
1882
1882; named after J. Watt
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British Dictionary definitions for Watts

Watts

/wɒts/
noun
1.
George Frederick. 1817–1904, English painter and sculptor, noted esp for his painting Hope (1886) and his sculpture Physical Energy (1904) in Kensington Gardens, London
2.
Isaac. 1674–1748, English hymn-writer

watt

/wɒt/
noun
1.
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 W
Word Origin
C19: named after James Watt

Watt

/wɒt/
noun
1.
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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Word Origin and History for Watts

watt

n.

unit of electrical power, 1882, in honor of James Watt (1736-1819), Scottish engineer and inventor.

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Watts in Medicine

watt (wŏt)
n.
Abbr. W
A unit of power in the International System of Units equal to one joule per second.

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Watts in Science
watt
  (wŏt)   
The SI derived unit used to measure power, equal to one joule per second. In electricity, a watt is equal to current (in amperes) multiplied by voltage (in volts).
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Watts in Culture

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The basic unit of power, named after the eighteenth-century Scottish inventor James Watt.

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Encyclopedia Article for Watts

southwestern district of Los Angeles, California, U.S. The district, originally called Mud Town, was renamed in 1900 for C.H. Watts, a Pasadena realtor who owned a ranch there. It was annexed to Los Angeles in 1926. The Watts district gained widespread notoriety on August 11-16, 1965, as the scene of racial disturbances. Angered by long-standing social injustices, thousands of African Americans rioted, burned stores, and pillaged the area. Before order was restored, 34 people had been killed, nearly 4,000 arrested, and more than 1,000 injured, and hundreds of buildings had been destroyed. Disorder again marred the district in 1992 when rioting, looting, and arson consumed much of Watts and neighbouring Compton following the acquittal of four white police officers in the beating of African American Rodney King. A notable local attraction is Watts Towers (now a state historic park and a national historic landmark), a group of 17 bricolage spires constructed from 1921 to 1954 by Italian immigrant Simon Rodia from broken tiles, dishes, rocks, bottles, and seashells; the tallest of the towers rises to nearly 100 feet (30 metres).

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watt

unit of power in the International System of Units (SI) equal to one joule of work performed per second, or to 1746 horsepower. An equivalent is the power dissipated in an electrical conductor carrying one ampere current between points at one volt potential difference. It is named in honour of James Watt, British engineer and inventor. One thousand watts equal one kilowatt. Most electrical devices are rated in watts.

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