[ vol-tam-i-ter, vohl- ]

  1. a device for measuring the quantity of electricity passing through a conductor by the amount of electrolytic decomposition it produces, or for measuring the strength of a current by the amount of such decomposition in a given time.

Origin of voltameter

1830–40; volta (see volt1) + -meter

Other words from voltameter

  • vol·ta·met·ric [vol-tuh-me-trik, vohl-], /ˌvɒl təˈmɛ trɪk, ˌvoʊl-/, adjective

Words Nearby voltameter

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How to use voltameter in a sentence

  • Fig. 89 represents a standard resistance for making Clerk cell comparisons by the silver voltameter method.

    On Laboratory Arts | Richard Threlfall
  • Completing his circuit, he permitted the current to continue until 'a reasonable quantity of gas' was collected in the voltameter.

  • With the indications of his voltameter he compared the decompositions of other substances, both singly and in series.

  • He wished to ascertain what relation this decomposition bore to that of the water in his voltameter.

  • The resistance of the voltameter changes somewhat as the current passes.

British Dictionary definitions for voltameter


/ (vɒlˈtæmɪtə) /

  1. another name for coulometer

Derived forms of voltameter

  • voltametric (ˌvɒltəˈmɛtrɪk), adjective

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