Main definitions of voltaic in English

: voltaic1Voltaic2

voltaic1

adjective

  • Relating to electricity produced by chemical action in a battery; galvanic.

    • ‘Eventually, these hopes were fulfilled, and in 1863 Raoult gained a doctorate from the University of Paris, for a thesis on the electromotive force of voltaic cells.’
    • ‘Alpha voltaic batteries use a radioisotope such as Americium, the substance commonly used in smoke detectors, coupled with a semiconductor device that acts like a solar cell to convert alpha energy into usable electricity.’
    • ‘Using ordinary hook-up electrical wire, you can use the potato to create a voltaic cell, which will power a VERY small bulb.’
    • ‘In voltaic cells, for example, energy is produced in the form of electricity.’
    • ‘Because electrons originate at the anode in a voltaic cell, the anode has a (-) charge; electrons enter the cathode, which has a (+) charge.’
    • ‘Power is collected through solar voltaic cells, stored on site, and converted for use in the house.’
    • ‘The polarities of the anode and cathode are reversed in comparison to their assignments in voltaic cells, but the function of the anode, being the site of oxidation, and of the cathode, being the site of reduction, is the same.’
    • ‘The redox reaction in the battery is the source of the electrical energy; batteries are voltaic cells.’
    generated by electricity, galvanic
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Origin

Early 19th century: from the name of A. Volta (see Volta, Alessandro) + -ic.

Pronunciation

Main definitions of voltaic in English

: voltaic1Voltaic2

Voltaic2

adjective & noun

  • another term for Gur
    • ‘Four of the major branches of the Niger-Congo language are spoken among Ivoirians, including the Kwa, Atlantic, Mande, and Voltaic.’
    • ‘Togo's earliest known inhabitants were Gur-speaking Voltaic peoples in the north and Kwa peoples in the south.’
    • ‘There are four major ethnic groups: Kru, Akan, Mande and Voltaic.’
    • ‘Among more than sixty languages spoken in Burkina Faso, thirty-eight belong to the Gur or Voltaic language family, including Mooré, Bwamu, Dagara, and Lobiri.’

Pronunciation

Voltaic

/vôl-/