# Main definitions of volt in English

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## volt1

(also V)

### noun

• The SI unit of electromotive force, the difference of potential that would drive one ampere of current against one ohm resistance.

• ‘They created electricity running at 10 volts with a milliamp current, enough to power a small lightbulb.’
• ‘Lightening is a discharge of static electricity that ‘contains’ millions of volts of potential difference and many thousands of amps of electrical current.’
• ‘As discussed previously, voltage is measured in volts, and current is measured in amps.’
• ‘Because powerlines are typically 400,000 volts, and Earth is at an electrical potential of zero volts, pylons create electric fields between the cables they carry and the ground.’
• ‘A 19 year old man suffered serious burns after climbing 30 feet up an electricity pylon carrying 30,000 volts.’
• ‘These cables carry in the order of 13,000 volts of electricity.’
• ‘This a distribution power line, and the utility crews have told me that these sorts of lines normally carry 7,600 volts of electricity.’
• ‘A news report said the line carried 13,000 volts of electricity.’
• ‘At the rear of the engine is a pair of rectangular metal grids that are charged with 6,000 volts of electric potential.’
• ‘Once it's charged, the capacitor has the same voltage as the battery (1.5 volts on the battery means 1.5 volts on the capacitor).’
• ‘If only amperage is listed, the formula to determine watts is: amps times volts equal watts.’
• ‘Noise signal out is generally given in amps per Hz or volts per Hz.’
• ‘It is defined as the energy lost or gained by an electron as it passes through a potential difference of one volt.’
• ‘Invented in 1985, modern-day magnetic stimulators charge up to a whopping 3,000 volts and produce peak currents of up to 8,000 amps - powers similar to those of a small nuclear reactor.’
• ‘The instrument is able to measure isotopes at the individual atom level and does so by generating millions of volts of electricity.’
• ‘The person doing the conversion decides what voltage the system will run at - typically anything between 96 volts and 192 volts.’
• ‘Next door to the proposed site is a massive electrical substation with overhead power cables carrying 33,000 volts.’
• ‘The characteristic voltage is about 2 volts per cell, so by combining six cells you get a 12-volt battery.’
• ‘Like 220 volts of current being forced through a 110-volt kitchen appliance, the system is becoming overloaded, and the smoke is rising.’
• ‘The car's inverter voltage was increased from 500 volts to 550 volts and the petrol engine's electronic management system was altered to allow it to rev higher.’

### Origin

Late 19th century named after A. Volta (see Volta, Alessandro).

/vōlt/ /voʊlt/

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## volt2

(also volte)

### noun

• A sudden quick jump or other movement to escape a thrust.

‘Make a complete volte or turn about on the toe of the right, bringing the left foot well behind it.’

### intransitive verb

[no object]Fencing
• Make a quick movement to avoid a thrust.

‘He strongly favours fencing along a straight line, disapproving of ‘volting ‘, crossing the legs, and all the tricks which were favoured with the ancients.’’

### Origin

Late 17th century from French volter (see volte).

/vōlt/ /voʊlt/