[ hahy-vohl-tij ]


  1. operating on or powered by high voltage:

    a high-voltage generator.

  2. Informal. dynamic; powerful:

    a high-voltage theatrical entrepreneur.

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Word History and Origins

Origin of high-voltage1

First recorded in 1965–70

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Example Sentences

To commit this “rudimentary political error,” he wrote, was to “touch a high-voltage line.”

But according to their assessment, the victim had already died after being electrocuted by the high-voltage fence.

A 2.6-meter high-voltage fence is intended to prevent inmates from escaping.

The high-voltage squabbling over Obamacare has made health care a particularly sore spot in this debate.

The U.S. has 215,000 miles of high-voltage power lines; 70 percent of those are more than 30 years old.

An armature wound with very fine wire will deliver a current of high voltage but of low amperage.

In the Thury system of power transmission high-voltage direct current is used throughout.

We could see that it was fully thirty feet high with what evidently were naked high-voltage wires protecting its top.

A quivering sensation like a charge of high voltage electricity shot through Dave.

But before beginning the anodynous "Wormwood," she launched into another high-voltage eulogy of Angelica's brother.


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