vol·​ta·​ic | \ väl-ˈtā-ik How to pronounce voltaic (audio) , vōl-, vȯl- \

Definition of voltaic

: of, relating to, or producing direct electric current by chemical action (as in a battery) : galvanic voltaic cell

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Recent Examples on the Web The current version requires 13 microwatts of power, which could potentially be provided by a voltaic cell—developed by Nadeau—that runs on acidic stomach juices. Megan Molteni, WIRED, "This Digital Pill Prototype Uses Bacteria to Sense Stomach Bleeding," 24 May 2018 The building has a photo-voltaic solar array, solar water heating system and passive shading systems to reduce energy consumption. Janet Eastman, OregonLive.com, "Go inside 7 new or remodeled modern dwellings: AIA Portland Homes Tour (photos)," 4 Apr. 2018 A long roster of industries that are in growth mode — microchip fabricators, pharmaceutical makers, internet data centers and makers of photo-voltaic solar-power panels, to name a few — require torrents of water to stay in business, Siegel said. John Schmid, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Foxconn's needs for water underscore an economic advantage for southeastern Wisconsin," 25 July 2017 When news of Trump’s voltaic nature surfaced again two weeks ago, in , health commentators rushed to emphasize that, no, in fact, the benefits of regular exercise are not fake news. Alan Burdick, The New Yorker, "If Donald Trump Were Actually a Battery," 18 May 2017

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First Known Use of voltaic

1812, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for voltaic

Alessandro Volta

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“Voltaic.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/voltaic. Accessed 5 Aug. 2020.

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