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amp (ampere) [(am-peer)]

A unit of electric current. One ampere corresponds to a certain number of electrons passing a fixed point each second.

Note: A typical household's electrical supply includes a total of 120 to 200 amps; a typical house circuit carries 15 to 50 amps.
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