Adjective "voltaic" definition and examples



Definitions and examples


Relating to electricity produced by chemical action in a battery; galvanic.
  1. 'In voltaic cells, for example, energy is produced in the form of electricity.'
  2. '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.'
  3. 'Using ordinary hook-up electrical wire, you can use the potato to create a voltaic cell, which will power a VERY small bulb.'
  4. '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.'

noun & adjective

  1. '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.'
  2. 'Four of the major branches of the Niger-Congo language are spoken among Ivoirians, including the Kwa, Atlantic, Mande, and Voltaic.'


1. Electricity. noting or pertaining to electricity or electric currents, especially when produced by chemical action, as in a cell; galvanic.

2. (initial capital letter) of or relating to Alessandro Volta.

More examples(as adjective)

"cells can be voltaic."


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