noun, plural vol·te [vohl-tey, vol-; Italian vawl-te] /ˈvoʊl teɪ, ˈvɒl-; Italian ˈvɔl tɛ/. Music.
- turn; time (used in phrases): una volta (“once”); prima volta (“first time”).
- a variant spelling of volt 2
- a river in W Africa, formed by the confluence of the Black Volta and the White Volta in N central Ghana: flows south to the Bight of Benin: the chief river of Ghana. Length: 480 km (300 miles); (including the Black Volta) 1600 km (1000 miles)
- Lake Volta an artificial lake in Ghana, extending 408 km (250 miles) upstream from the Volta River Dam on the Volta River: completed in 1966. Area: 8482 sq km (3275 sq miles)
- Count Alessandro (alesˈsandro). 1745–1827, Italian physicist after whom the volt is named. He made important contributions to the theory of current electricity and invented the voltaic pile (1800), the electrophorus (1775), and an electroscope
noun plural -te (Italian -te)
- a quick-moving Italian dance popular during the 16th and 17th centuries
- a piece of music written for or in the rhythm of this dance, in triple time
West African river, from 15c. Portuguese Rio da Volta, literally “river of return” (perhaps because it was where ships turned around and headed for home) or “river of bend,” in reference to its course.
- Italian physicist who in 1800 invented the voltaic pile, which was the first source of continuous electric current. The volt unit of electromotive force is named for him.