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Princeton's WordNet

  1. volt, V(noun)

    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


  1. volt(Noun)

    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

  2. Origin: Named after the Italian physicist Alessandro Volta.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Volt(noun)

    a circular tread; a gait by which a horse going sideways round a center makes two concentric tracks

  2. Volt(noun)

    a sudden movement to avoid a thrust

  3. Volt(noun)

    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 ampere. It is practically equivalent to / the electro-motive force of a standard Clark's cell at a temperature of 15¡ C.

  4. Origin: [F. volte; cf. It. volta. See Vault.]


  1. Volt

    The volt is the SI derived unit for electric potential, electric potential difference, and electromotive force. The volt is named in honour of the Italian physicist Alessandro Volta, who invented the voltaic pile, possibly the first chemical battery.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Volt

    vōlt, n. a turn or bound: a sudden movement or leap to avoid a thrust: a gait of two treads made by a horse going sideways round a centre.—n. Vol′tage. [Fr. volte—It. volta—L. volvĕre, volutum, to turn.]

  2. Volt

    vōlt, n. the unit of electro-motive force now in universal use among electricians, defined legally in terms of the ohm and ampere.—adj. Vol′ta-elec′tric, of or pertaining to galvanism.—n. Vol′ta-electrom′eter, an instrument for measuring electric currents.—adj. Vol′ta-electromō′tive.—n. Vōl′tage, electro-motive force reckoned in volts.—adj. Voltā′ic, pertaining to Alessandro Volta, an Italian scientist (1745-1826), who mainly developed the theory of current electricity along purely physical lines, discovered the electric decomposition of water, and invented a new electric battery, the electrophorus, and the electroscope.—ns. Vol′taism, that branch of electric science which treats of the production of an electric current from the chemical interaction of two immersed dissimilar metals (same as Galvanism); Voltam′eter, an instrument for measuring the decomposition produced by an electric current; Vōlt′-am′pere, the rate of activity in an electric circuit when the electro-motive force is one volt and the current one ampere; Volt′atype, an electrotype; Vōlt′meter, an instrument for measuring voltage.—Voltaic pile, a galvanic battery.

The Standard Electrical Dictionary

  1. Volt

    The practical unit of electro-motive force or potential difference. It may be referred to various data. An electro-motive force of one volt will cause a current of one ampere to flow through a resistance of one ohm. A condenser of one farad capacity charged with one coulomb will have a rise of potential of one volt. The cutting of 100,000,000 lines of force per second by a conductor induces one volt E. M. F. A Daniell's battery gives an E. M. F. of 1.07 volts; about the most familiar approximate standard that can be cited. It is equal to 1/300 absolute electrostatic unit. It is equal to 1E8 absolute electro-magnetic units. [Transcriber's note: The SI definition of a volt: The potential difference across a conductor when a current of one ampere dissipates one watt of power.]

Editors Contribution

  1. volt

    A unit of electrical potential.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of volt in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of volt in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

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