Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Sports Variant of volt2.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Plural of volta.

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Examples

  • A well-turned volte is part of what constitutes a good sonnet.

    More Aesthetics

  • As an exercise, we recommend what is called the volte, (17) since it habituates the animal to turn to either hand; while a variation in the order of the turn is good as involving an equalisation of both sides of the mouth, in first one, and then the other half of the exercise.

    On Horsemanship

  • As an exercise, we recommend what is called the volte,106 since it habituates the animal to turn to either hand; while a variation in the order of the turn is good as involving an equalisation of both sides of the mouth, in first one, and then the other half of the exercise. 107 But of the two we commend the oval form of the volte rather than the circular; for the horse, being already sated with the straight course, will be all the more ready to turn, and will be practised at once in the straight course and in wheeling.

    On Horsemanship

  • Stein, long a key member of the European avant-garde, has done a kind of volte-face in the last couple of decades toward more traditionally-minded productions (his 21-hour staging of Goethe’s entire “Faust,” Parts I and II, among them).

    Stein leaves Boris

  • For more than two years, News International has accepted I was not responsible for the matter in question and there is no valid or reliable evidence now to support their sudden volte face.

    Neville Thurlbeck's statement on his dismissal from News International

  • Thurlbeck also claimed that for more than two years, News International had accepted he was not responsible for the matter in question and there was no valid or reliable evidence now to support their sudden volte face.

    Phone hacking: Neville Thurlbeck says 'truth will out'

  • The unprecedented statement of contrition is a remarkable volte face for the country's most powerful news organisation that was claiming until the start of this year, in the face of growing evidence to the contrary, that hacking was the work of a single reporter.

    News of the World phone hacking victims get apology from Murdoch

  • It's reminiscent of the extraordinary volte-face about nuclear energy, from classic eco-campaigning territory to a climate change-adaptation technique.

    Just because GM is gaining popularity doesn't make it right

  • The Crown Prosecution Service yesterday announced that it would mount a "comprehensive" review of phone-hacking material held by the Metropolitan police in a dramatic volte-face prompted by recent revelations in the courts.

    News of the World phone hacking: DPP orders review of police evidence

  • It is a volte face with much bigger consequences than the Lib Dems currently seem to realise.

    Wake up and smell the burning rubber, Mr Cable and Mr Clegg

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