from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. The International System unit of electric potential and electromotive force, equal to the difference of electric potential between two points on a conducting wire carrying a constant current of one ampere when the power dissipated between the points is one watt. See Table at measurement.
- n. Sports A circular movement executed by a horse in manège.
- n. Sports A sudden movement made in avoiding a thrust in fencing.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. In the International System of Units, the derived unit of electrical potential and electromotive force (voltage); the potential difference across a conductor when a current of one ampere uses one watt of power. Symbol: V
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A circular tread; a gait by which a horse going sideways round a center makes two concentric tracks.
- n. A sudden movement to avoid a thrust.
- n. The unit of electro-motive force; -- defined by the International Electrical Congress in 1893 and by United States Statute as, that electro-motive force which steadily applied to a conductor whose resistance is one ohm will produce a current of one ampère. It is practically equivalent to 1000/1434 the electro-motive force of a standard Clark's cell at a temperature of 15° C.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In the manège, a round or cirecular tread; a gait of two treads made by a horse going sidewise round a center, with the head turned outward.
- n. In fencing, a sudden movement or leap to avoid a thrust.
- n. The practical unit of electromotive force.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a unit of potential equal to the potential difference between two points on a conductor carrying a current of 1 ampere when the power dissipated between the two points is 1 watt; equivalent to the potential difference across a resistance of 1 ohm when 1 ampere of current flows through it
After Count Alessandro Volta.
French volte, from Italian volta, turn, from voltare, to turn, leap; see vault2.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Named after the Italian physicist Alessandro Volta. (Wiktionary)