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 core initiatives provide more than $8 billion of Energy Department financing for new high-voltage transmission lines. Timothy Puko, WSJ, "Biden Administration to Finance $8 Billion in Power-Grid Improvements," 27 Apr. 2021 Building out high-voltage transmission lines to link these separate grids will make for not only a more stable system, but a greener one, since renewable energy could actually be shared across the country. Matt Simon, Wired, "How the US Might Reach Biden's New Climate Goal," 22 Apr. 2021 Tesla publishes information for first responders, including the location of high-voltage lines. CBS News, "No one was driving Tesla before fiery crash that killed 2 passengers in Texas, authorities say," 19 Apr. 2021 Method #1: Inside the Wall HDMI qualifies as low-voltage wiring, so wall plates can be attached with a simple bracket rather than a standard electrical box. John Herrman, Popular Mechanics, "4 Ways to Extend Your HDMI Cables," 1 Apr. 2021 The wattage range is 0-60W and the voltage range is 0-250V. Chris Hachey, BGR, "Best Light Socket Extender," 2 Apr. 2021 Shefter says the numerous parallel fast charging networks bring high voltage power into new areas like shopping centers but that the ramp up will be evolutionary and should not strain the power grid. chicagotribune.com, "EV-maker Rivian plans Tesla-like, mega-charging network," 26 Mar. 2021 To that end, ON Semiconductor touts its new SiPM array’s superior detection, low noise and dark count rates, low operational voltage, temperature sensitivity and process uniformity. Patrick Moorhead, Forbes, "ON Semi Brings LiDAR To Automotive Sensor Portfolio With New SiPM Array," 21 Mar. 2021 Which is exactly what gives social deduction games their voltage. Save this story for later. Kyle Hoekstra, Wired, "The Science of Why Your Friends Shot You From an Airlock," 12 Mar. 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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29 Apr 2021

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“Voltage.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/voltage. Accessed 6 May. 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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