[ vohl-tuh, vol-; Italian vawl-tah ]
/ ˈvoʊl tə, ˈvɒl-; Italian ˈvɔl tɑ /

noun, plural vol·te [vohl-tey, vol-; Italian vawl-te] /ˈvoʊl teɪ, ˈvɒl-; Italian ˈvɔl tɛ/. Music.

turn; time (used in phrases): una volta (“once”); prima volta (“first time”).

Origin of volta

1635–45; < Italian: a turn; see volt2
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British Dictionary definitions for volte (1 of 4)

/ (vɒlt) /


a variant spelling of volt 2

British Dictionary definitions for volte (2 of 4)

/ (ˈvɒltə) /


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)

British Dictionary definitions for volte (3 of 4)

/ (ˈvəʊltə, Italian ˈvɔlta) /


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

British Dictionary definitions for volte (4 of 4)

/ (ˈvɒltə, Italian ˈvɔlta) /

noun plural -te (Italian -te)

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

Word Origin for volta

C17: from Italian: turn; see volt ²
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Scientific definitions for volte

[ vōltə ]
Count Alessandro 1745-1827

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.
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