the standard unit of potential difference and electromotive force in the International System of Units (SI), formally defined to be the difference of electric potential between two points of a conductor carrying a constant current of one ampere, when the power dissipated between these points is equal to one watt. Abbreviation: V
Other definitions for volt (2 of 2)
a circular or turning movement of a horse.
a gait in which a horse going sideways turns around a center, with the head turned outward.
Fencing. a sudden movement or leap to avoid a thrust.
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How to use volt in a sentence
In April, some 7,000 electric cars or plug-in hybrids—Chevy Volts, Nissan Leafs, and Teslas—were sold.Farewell to the Gas Station: The Demise of a Car-Culture Icon | Daniel Gross | May 5, 2013 | THE DAILY BEAST
In April, Nissan delivered 1,937 Leafs and Chevrolet sold 1,306 Volts.Nissan Leaf Leads Growth in April Electric Car Sales | Miranda Green | May 2, 2013 | THE DAILY BEAST
What Don needs is a guide, his own Virgil, or at least “10,000 volts of electricity,” a jolt to wake him from his silent slumber.‘Mad Men’ Season 6 Review: Triumphant, Lyrical, and Way Existential | Jace Lacob | April 3, 2013 | THE DAILY BEAST
Over the first nine months of the year, 9,674 Leafs and 7,671 Volts were sold.
Most subjects applied the maximum 450 volts on their “victims” (no shocks were actually administered).
This cell will have a voltage of two volts, a rather low internal resistance, and will be capable of delivering a large current.The Boy Mechanic, Book 2 | Various
It is a current of from one to two thousand Volts--about the same as that used in maintaining the large arc lights.Steam Steel and Electricity | James W. Steele
"Forty-five hundred amperes at twenty thousand volts," the elder Arcot said softly.Islands of Space | John W Campbell
In fact, a pressure of somewhat over fifty thousand volts is required to produce a spark less than an inch long in the air.The Gasoline Motor | Harold Whiting Slauson
Volts times amperes equals (watts) (kilowatt hours) (alternating current).Electricity for the 4-H Scientist | Eric B. Wilson
British Dictionary definitions for volt (1 of 2)
the derived SI unit of electric potential; the potential difference between two points on a conductor carrying a current of 1 ampere, when the power dissipated between these points is 1 watt: Symbol: V
British Dictionary definitions for volt (2 of 2)
a small circle of determined size executed in dressage
a leap made in fencing to avoid an opponent's thrust
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Scientific definitions for volt
The SI derived unit used to measure electric potential at a given point, usually a point in an electric circuit. A voltage difference of one volt drives one ampere of current through a conductor that has a resistance of one ohm. One joule of work is required to move an electric charge of one coulomb across a potential difference of one volt. One volt is equivalent to one joule per coulomb. See also Ohm's law.
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Cultural definitions for volt
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