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megawatt Syllabification: meg·a·watt
Pronunciation: /ˈmeɡəˌwät/
(abbreviation: MW)

Definition of megawatt in English:


A unit of power equal to one million watts, especially as a measure of the output of a power station.
Example sentences
  • In addition to the smelter and associated carbon and casting facilities, an 800 megawatt gas-fired power station also would be built at the same site.
  • It is said that wind power can't work because wind turbines produce only half a megawatt or one megawatt, and what we need is a 200 megawatt power station.
  • Since then, energy prices have skyrocketed: a megawatt of power that cost $30 in December 1999 is worth $1500 today.

Words that rhyme with megawatt

kumquat • somewhat

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