Watts

Watts

[wots]
noun
1.
André [ahn-drey] , 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.
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watt

[wot]
noun
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; named after J. Watt

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watt (wɒt)
 
n
W 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
 
[C19: named after James Watt]

Watt (wɒt)
 
n
James. 1736--1819, Scottish engineer and inventor. His fundamental improvements to the steam engine led to the widespread use of steam power in industry

Watts (wɒts)
 
n
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

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watt
unit of electrical power, 1882, in allusion to James Watt (1736-1819), Scottish engineer and inventor. Wattage is recorded from 1903.
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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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watt   (wŏt)  Pronunciation Key 
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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watt definition


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

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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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