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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The Comcast wire was located roughly 6 feet below three 12-kilovolt power lines, ostensibly a safe enough distance from the dangerous high-voltage wires. Jeff Coen, chicagotribune.com, "A suburban man lost his life — and his nephew lost his arms — from an improperly installed ComEd wire. State regulators can’t guarantee it won’t happen again.," 13 Sep. 2019 More: Cadillac launches high-voltage TV campaign to promote newest SUV More: Cadillac returns to Michigan with image and quality on its mind Wahl was chief marketing officer at McDonald’s USA before coming to Cadillac. Jamie L. Lareau, Detroit Free Press, "GM names new chief of global marketing," 5 Sep. 2019 Trump’s high-voltage approach on immigration and the border is nothing new. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Column: Another Trump whirlwind week on immigration and the border," 1 Sep. 2019 The winds knocked down several high-voltage power lines and highway signs along I-70. CBS News, "Strong winds blow over at least 20 semis in western Kansas," 14 Aug. 2019 Fans can now score Juicy's fan-favorite Glitter Cream Lipstick in new high-voltage shades, including Ruby Rouge (fuchsia), Crown Jewel (bright purple), and Hidden Gem (light pink nude). Kaleigh Fasanella, Allure, "Juicy Couture Just Dropped Its Second Makeup Collection," 10 Aug. 2019 But the original program did not include the kind of high-voltage tower that caused the Camp Fire because shutting those down can affect many more customers. J.d. Morris, SFChronicle.com, "‘Absolutely catastrophic’: Northern California braces for more PG&E shut-offs," 9 Aug. 2019 Rubbia envisioned a detector both large and precise: a large tank of liquid argon with a fine grid of wires on one side and high-voltage electrodes on the other. Adrian Cho, Science | AAAS, "Resurrected detector will hunt for some of the strangest particles in the universe," 8 Aug. 2019 There are at least50 of those in New York City, which are fed in turn by at least 24, higher-voltage transmission substations. Ian Bogost, The Atlantic, "City Dwellers Ignore Infrastructure at Their Peril," 15 July 2019

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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 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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to wander slowly or to speak indistinctly

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