volt·age | \ˈvōl-tij \

Definition of voltage 

1 : electric potential or potential difference expressed in volts

2 : intensity of feeling

Examples of voltage in a Sentence

We measured the change in voltage across the circuit.

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The shape of the beeswax mimics the shape of high-voltage ceramic insulators Silva observed on Japanese power lines. Sharon Mizota, latimes.com, "Eight ceramic octopus traps? Why Daniel Silva's show at Baert Gallery has us hooked," 23 June 2018 Your frustration will build, and the situation is high-voltage. BostonGlobe.com, "Horoscope," 22 June 2018 Most people know power, maybe voltage and frequency, that’s about it. David Roberts, Vox, "This technology could fundamentally change our relationship to electricity," 5 June 2018 The probe is connected to the thermoelectric generator (6), a thin layer of 250 cubes made of a thermoelectric material—a material that generates a voltage when its two sides are different temperatures. Kevin Dupzyk, Popular Mechanics, "Things Come Apart: The Biolite Campstove," 15 Mar. 2017 Being able to sell Chinese technology, such as the ultra-high voltage networks in which China specialises, to European buyers might eventually be another goal. The Economist, "Portugal’s energy giant may sell to a Chinese state-owned utility," 19 May 2018 Our louver system is powered by a unique, low voltage louver motor, operating for only pennies per year. Adrian White, Good Housekeeping, "6 Best Hoop Houses And Greenhouses For Growing Your Own Food Year Round," 20 Oct. 2017 Spacecraft sensors were also zapped with excess voltage due to improper wiring. Marcia Dunn, OrlandoSentinel.com, "More delay, cost for NASA's James Webb Space Telescope," 28 June 2018 This one from Black+Decker is a great option with an 11 position clutch, 20-watt voltage, and is lightweight enough to carry from place to place. Courtney Campbell, USA TODAY, "These are the 5 best Amazon deals this weekend," 9 June 2018

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First Known Use of voltage

1890, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of voltage was in 1890

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English Language Learners Definition of voltage

: the force of an electrical current that is measured in volts


volt·age | \ˈvōl-tij \

Kids Definition of voltage

: electric force measured in volts the voltage of a current


volt·age | \ˈvōl-tij \

Medical Definition of voltage 

: electrical potential or potential difference expressed in volts

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