- turn; time (used in phrases): una volta (“once”); prima volta (“first time”).
Origin of volta
- Count A·les·san·dro [ah-les-sahn-draw] /ˌɑ lɛsˈsɑn drɔ/, 1745–1827, Italian physicist.
- a river in W Africa, in Ghana, formed by the confluence of the Black Volta and the White Volta and flowing S into the Bight of Benin. About 250 miles (400 km) long; with branches about 1240 miles (1995 km) long.
Examples from the Web for volta
The subsidiary fair, Volta, was crackling; there, I ran into Katelijne de Backer of the Armory.Live From Art Basel
June 17, 2010
As an example of this we may instance the discovery of Volta.
In the year 1800, Volta announced his immortal discovery of the pile.Fragments of science, V. 1-2
Galvani and Volta were Italian scientists of the 18th century.The Romance of Words (4th ed.)
The voltaic cell is named after Volta, an Italian physicist, who in 1800 invented it.Physics
Willis Eugene Tower
In his classical studies, however, Volta was deeply interested.Makers of Electricity
- a quick-moving Italian dance popular during the 16th and 17th centuries
- a piece of music written for or in the rhythm of this dance, in triple time
- a river in W Africa, formed by the confluence of the Black Volta and the White Volta in N central Ghana: flows south to the Bight of Benin: the chief river of Ghana. Length: 480 km (300 miles); (including the Black Volta) 1600 km (1000 miles)
- Lake Volta an artificial lake in Ghana, extending 408 km (250 miles) upstream from the Volta River Dam on the Volta River: completed in 1966. Area: 8482 sq km (3275 sq miles)
- Count Alessandro (alesˈsandro). 1745–1827, Italian physicist after whom the volt is named. He made important contributions to the theory of current electricity and invented the voltaic pile (1800), the electrophorus (1775), and an electroscope
Word Origin and History for volta
West African river, from 15c. Portuguese Rio da Volta, literally "river of return" (perhaps because it was where ships turned around and headed for home) or "river of bend," in reference to its course.
- Italian physicist who in 1800 invented the voltaic pile, which was the first source of continuous electric current. The volt unit of electromotive force is named for him.