over·​volt·​age | \ ˌō-vər-ˈvōl-tij How to pronounce overvoltage (audio) \

Definition of overvoltage

1 : the excess potential required for the discharge of an ion at an electrode over and above the equilibrium potential of the electrode
2 : voltage in excess of the normal operating voltage of a device or circuit

Examples of overvoltage in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web There is built-in output short circuit protection, overvoltage protection, and overload protection. Chris Hachey, BGR, 22 Sep. 2021 To safeguard your computer and other electronics, there is surge protection, overcurrent protection, and overvoltage protection. Marc Saltzman, USA TODAY, 25 Apr. 2020

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First Known Use of overvoltage

1916, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Overvoltage.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/overvoltage. Accessed 18 Oct. 2021.

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