volt·​age | \ ˈvōl-tij How to pronounce voltage (audio) \

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.
Recent Examples on the Web The problem with this approach is that weaker returns yield a lower voltage and a minimum threshold is needed to separate signal from noise. Sam Abuelsamid, Forbes, 4 May 2021 It can be created by genetic damage, but also by disruptions in bioelectric voltage. Matthew Hutson, The New Yorker, 3 May 2021 This is a metal box, generally located near your electrical panel, that converts the standard electrical current of your home to a lower voltage that will power the doorbell. Jason Cipriani, CNN Underscored, 31 Mar. 2021 Electrical power is measured in watts, a product of voltage and current; essentially, it’s the power used or produced per second. Popular Science, 22 Jan. 2021 It was composed of high-resistance material providing a permanent charge without needing a ton of voltage and current. Jim Allen, Popular Mechanics, 20 Oct. 2020 Compared to silicon, electronics made of diamond material can run hotter without degrading performance, cool more easily, tolerate higher voltage, and deliver greater throughput. Roslyn Layton, Forbes, 31 May 2021 For shorter-haul trucks, Daimler announced a partnership with the Chinese company CATL to develop batteries, and partnerships with Siemens and other companies to install high-voltage charging stations in Europe and the United States. New York Times, 23 May 2021 Magnetic fields in motion generate a voltage, so a current of electrons and positrons will start flowing through the helix away from the black hole in both directions. Quanta Magazine, 20 May 2021

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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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16 Jun 2021

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“Voltage.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/voltage. Accessed 16 Jun. 2021.

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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 How to pronounce voltage (audio) \

Kids Definition of voltage

: electric force measured in volts the voltage of a current


volt·​age | \ ˈvōl-tij How to pronounce voltage (audio) \

Medical Definition of voltage

: electrical potential or potential difference expressed in volts

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