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voltaic

[vol-tey-ik, vohl-]
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adjective
  1. Electricity. noting or pertaining to electricity or electric currents, especially when produced by chemical action, as in a cell; galvanic.
  2. (initial capital letter) of or relating to Alessandro Volta.
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Origin of voltaic

1805–15; after A. Volta; see -ic

Voltaic

[vol-tey-ik]
noun
  1. Gur.
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Related Words for voltaic

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Historical Examples of voltaic

  • Just as little as the Voltaic battery is the animal body a creator of force.

    Fragments of science, V. 1-2

    John Tyndall

  • This corrosion may arise from either chemical or voltaic action.

  • The voltaic cell is named after Volta, an Italian physicist, who in 1800 invented it.

    Physics

    Willis Eugene Tower

  • In applying this illustration to the voltaic cell, we make use of Ohm's law.

    Physics

    Willis Eugene Tower

  • The voltaic current can be cut off at pleasure, so as to cool the wire when necessary.


British Dictionary definitions for voltaic

voltaic

adjective
  1. another word for galvanic (def. 1)
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Voltaic

adjective
  1. of or relating to Burkina Faso, formerly known as Upper Volta
  2. denoting, belonging to, or relating to the Gur group of African languages
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noun
  1. this group of languagesSee also Gur
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Word Origin and History for voltaic

adj.

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.

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