American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- A river formed in central Ghana by the confluence of the White Volta and the Black Volta and flowing about 467 km (290 mi) southward through artificial Lake Volta to the Bight of Benin in the Gulf of Guinea.
- Volta, Count Alessandro 1745-1827. Italian physicist who invented the first electric battery (1800). The volt is named in his honor.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. An old dance. See lavolta.
- n. In music, turn or time: as, una volta, once; due volte, twice; prima volta, first time. Abbreviated verb
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (Mus.) A turning; a time; -- chiefly used in phrases signifying that the part is to be repeated one, two, or more times
- n. Italian physicist after whom the volt is named; studied electric currents and invented the voltaic pile (1745-1827)
- n. a river in Ghana that flows south to the Bight of Benin
- From Portuguese volta ("turnaround, return"); at some point of time the river marked the point of return for the Portuguese traders. (Wiktionary)
“The worst point about the Volta is the badness of its bar — a great semicircular sweep with heavy breakers — too bad a bar for boats to cross; but a steamer on the Lagos bar boat plan might manage it, as the Bull Frog reported in 1884 nineteen to twenty-one feet on it, one hour before high water.”
“He harnessed his hopes to a dramatic plan for a huge multipurpose undertaking known as the Volta River Project.”
“The worst point about the Volta is the badness of its bar -- a great semicircular sweep with heavy breakers -- too bad a bar for boats to cross; but a steamer on the Lagos bar boat plan might manage it, as the Bull Frog reported in 1884 nineteen to twenty-one feet on it, one hour before high water.”
“We are pleased to partner with Volta, which is committed to responsible mining exploration and engagement with local communities.”
“Volta, which is a spin-off of the movie of the same name.”
“Apparently it was called Conan & the Hall of Volta whoever the hell "Volta" is, I have no idea.”
“HERMES: The title of Bjork's new record, "Volta," is inspired by both the River Volta in Ghana and by Alessandro Volta - the Italian physicist who invented the battery at the end of the 1700s.”
“But it's the spirit of invention that defines "Volta," artistic if not scientific.”
“On "Volta," Bjork has brought together some of the most unique international voices from widely dissimilar backgrounds - not to cram them into her vision, but to create a collective vision.”
“(Soundbite of music and drumbeats) HERMES: The international flavor of "Volta" isn't exactly new territory for Bjork, who has a global following and who comes from a country so tiny that an international outlook would seem essential.”
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