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The answer AMPERE is common and appears about once every 250 puzzles.

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AMPERE as a noun:

1. (ampere, international ampere) = a former unit of electric current (slightly smaller than the SI ampere)
2. (ampere, amp, A) = the basic unit of electric current adopted under the Systeme International d'Unites; "a typical household circuit carries 15 to 50 amps"