voltaic

adjective

vol·​ta·​ic väl-ˈtā-ik How to pronounce voltaic (audio)
vōl-,
vȯl-
: of, relating to, or producing direct electric current by chemical action (as in a battery) : galvanic
voltaic cell

Example Sentences

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, 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, 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, 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, 18 May 2017

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Word History

Etymology

Alessandro Volta

First Known Use

1812, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of voltaic was in 1812

Dictionary Entries Near voltaic

Cite this Entry

“Voltaic.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/voltaic. Accessed 7 Dec. 2022.

Kids Definition

voltaic

adjective
vol·​ta·​ic väl-ˈtā-ik How to pronounce voltaic (audio)
vōl-,
vȯl-
: of, relating to, or producing direct electric current by chemical action (as in a battery) : galvanic
voltaic cell
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