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.

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Several feeders lost voltage, requiring some pumps to be restarted. Pumping and power issues the logs reflect were more numerous than Sewerage & Water Board officials initially acknowledged in public statements shortly after the storms. Beau Evans, nola.com, "Operator logs show more S&WB power, pump issues than first disclosed," 9 June 2019 Executives said that the Performance Maximizer will simply adjust voltage and clock speeds. Mark Hachman, PCWorld, "Intel teases 'Performance Maximizer' one-click overclocking tool, with insurance to back it up," 29 May 2019 This makes a garbage can icon infinitely preferable to a full awareness of all the voltages, bit states, and software layers that go into deleting a file. Rob Reid, Ars Technica, "Ars on your lunch break: Have you ever questioned the nature of your reality?," 2 Oct. 2018 Other random number generators might convert electrical noise, like small fluctuations in voltage, into strings of numbers. Sophia Chen, WIRED, "Quantum Mechanics Could Solve Cryptography’s Random Number Problem," 11 Apr. 2018 When triggered by something like too much heat or too-high voltage, the layer breaks the connection between the electrodes and the part of the battery responsible for regulating how the electricity moves through the device. Angela Chen, The Verge, "The best solution for making batteries safer might be the most boring one," 13 Aug. 2018 To simulate Iron Man’s HUD at the Avengers S.T.A.T.I.O.N. Exhibition, Neuroverse developed a novel electroencephalographic (EEG) brain–computer interface powered by the low-voltage electrical activity that enables brain cells to communicate. Larry Greenemeier, Scientific American, "Marvel Comics Gets Inside the Heads of the Avengers," 21 Aug. 2014 This unintuitive little trick is shown off by YouTube kreosan, who illustrates how voltage runs between the parallel rails of any active set of train tracks. Eric Limer, Popular Mechanics, "You Can (But Shouldn't) Charge Your Phone From Train Tracks," 7 Mar. 2016 The battery is rated at 95kWh with a nominal voltage of 396V. That gives the e-tron a WLTP-determined range of 248.5 miles (400km), although Audi is still waiting for the more accurate EPA rating to be determined. Jonathan M. Gitlin, Ars Technica, "We’ve driven Audi’s first proper electric car, the 2019 e-tron SUV," 7 Dec. 2018

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First Known Use of voltage

1890, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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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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