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gigawatt Syllabification: gig·a·watt
Pronunciation: /ˈɡiɡəˌwät/

Definition of gigawatt in English:


(abbreviation GW)
A unit of electric power equal to one billion (109) watts.
Example sentences
  • If the best existing dams were upgraded to generate electricity they could generate 17 gigawatts of power.
  • Today, present installed U.S. electrical capacity is at 600 gigawatts of power.
  • Collectively, these engines are now generating a total of about 11 gigawatts of shaft power.
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