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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First Known Use of voltage

1890, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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3 Aug 2022

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“Voltage.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/voltage. Accessed 11 Aug. 2022.

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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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