• WordNet 3.6
    • adj voltaic pertaining to or producing electric current by chemical action "a galvanic cell","a voltaic (or galvanic) couple"
    • n Voltaic a group of Niger-Congo languages spoken primarily in southeastern Mali and northern Ghana
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Voltaic Of or pertaining to Alessandro Volta, who first devised apparatus for developing electric currents by chemical action, and established this branch of electric science; discovered by Volta; as, voltaic electricity.
    • Voltaic Of or pertaining to voltaism, or voltaic electricity; as, voltaic induction; the voltaic arc.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • voltaic Of or pertaining to Alessandro Volta, an Italian physicist (1745-1827), who shares with Galvani the honor of having discovered the means of producing an electric current at the expense of chemical action upon one of two united plates of dissimilar metals. Of the two, however, the higher credit is due to Volta; consequently, voltaic is more commonly used than galvanic.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Voltaic 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
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Cf. F. voltaïque, It. voltaico,


In literature:

On either side innumerable huge Leyden jars stood ranged in rows, tier topping tier, while above them were columns of Voltaic cells.
"The Doings Of Raffles Haw" by Arthur Conan Doyle
The action of magnets upon the voltaic arc has been known for a long time past.
"Scientific American Supplement, No. 344, August 5, 1882" by Various
Experiments which grew out of the Voltaic Cell.
"General Science" by Bertha M. Clark
It was the spasmodic movement of a decapitated frog that resulted in the discovery of the Voltaic Pile.
"The Shadow World" by Hamlin Garland
But the voltaic light was too brilliant for a small area.
"History of the United States, Volume 4" by E. Benjamin Andrews
Voltaic electricity 34 21.
"Electricity for Boys" by J. S. Zerbe
This is easily done by the voltaic current.
"Fragments of science, V. 1-2" by John Tyndall
The source of the electricity in the voltaic instrument is due almost entirely to chemical action.
"The World's Greatest Books - Volume 15 - Science" by Various
In the first the voltaic arc is employed.
"A Color Notation" by Albert H. Munsell
"Notes and Queries, Number 231, April 1, 1854" by Various

In news:

A solar array coolant system leak is believed to be somewhere in the P6 photo-voltaic radiator.
Voltaic Solaire Brings Net-Zero Energy Buildings to the Big Apple.
I recently ran across another that solves problems of power and portability, a device from Voltaic Systems in New York called the Voltaic Backpack.
Convention-goers look over a large solar voltaic panel at the Advanced Solar Photonics display.
From the sundial to solar voltaic cells, harnessing the sun's power for our own use has always been forward-looking.

In science:

However, the effects of time-variable renewable generation are beginning to impact this model, and the anticipated growth of wind and photo-voltaic (PV) generation at the utility and residential scale could severely impact the reliability of electrical power systems .
Message Passing for Integrating and Assessing Renewable Generation in a Redundant Power Grid
Motivated by emerging photo-voltaic technology, which brings a new source of renewable generation but also contributes significant increase in power flow fluctuations, we reexamine the phenomenon of voltage stability and collapse.
Voltage Collapse and ODE Approach to Power Flows: Analysis of a Feeder Line with Static Disorder in Consumption/Production