- Electricity. noting or pertaining to electricity or electric currents, especially when produced by chemical action, as in a cell; galvanic.
- (initial capital letter) of or relating to Alessandro Volta.
Origin of voltaic
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Examples from the Web for voltaic
Just as little as the Voltaic battery is the animal body a creator of force.Fragments of science, V. 1-2
This corrosion may arise from either chemical or voltaic action.Curiosities of Civilization
The voltaic cell is named after Volta, an Italian physicist, who in 1800 invented it.
In applying this illustration to the voltaic cell, we make use of Ohm's law.
The voltaic current can be cut off at pleasure, so as to cool the wire when necessary.The Boy's Playbook of Science
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- another word for galvanic (def. 1)
- of or relating to Burkina Faso, formerly known as Upper Volta
- denoting, belonging to, or relating to the Gur group of African languages
- this group of languagesSee also Gur
Word Origin and History for voltaic
1813, designating electricity produced by chemical action, formed in recognition of Italian physicist Alessandro Volta (1745-1827), who perfected a chemical process used in electrical batteries, + -ic.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper