## Babylon English Dictionary

product of the root-mean-square of voltage times the root-mean-square of current in an alternating-current circuit (Electricity)

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product of the root-mean-square of voltage times the root-mean-square of current in an alternating-current circuit (Electricity)

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Telecommunication Standard Terms

In alternating-current power transmission and distribution, the product of the rms voltage and amperage*. Note 1:* When the applied voltage and the current are in phase with one another, the apparent power is equal to the effective power, *i.e.,* the real power delivered to or consumed by the load. If the current lags or leads the applied voltage, the apparent power is greater than the effective power. *Note 2:* Only effective power, *i.e.,* the real power delivered to or consumed by the load, is expressed in watts. Apparent power is properly expressed only in volt-amperes, never watts. *See diagram under* **effective power.**

EIA Energy Glossary

The product of the voltage (in volts) and the current (in amperes). It comprises both active and reactive power. It is measured in “volt-amperes” and often expressed in “kilovolt-amperes” (kVA) or “megavolt-amperes” (MVA). See Power, Reactive Power, Real Power.

Source: Energy Information Administration, 2006Technical English by wpv

A value of power for AC circuits that is calculated as the product of RMS current times RMS voltage, without taking the power factor into account.

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