a volta

Volta

[vohl-tuh or, Italian vawl-tah for 1; vol-tuh, vohl- for 2]
noun
1.
Count Alessandro [ah-les-sahn-draw] , 1745–1827, Italian physicist.
2.
a river in W Africa, in Ghana, formed by the confluence of the Black Volta and the White Volta and flowing S into the Bight of Benin. About 250 miles (400 km) long; with branches about 1240 miles (1995 km) long.
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volta (ˈvɒltə, Italian ˈvɔlta)
 
n , pl -te
1.  a quick-moving Italian dance popular during the 16th and 17th centuries
2.  a piece of music written for or in the rhythm of this dance, in triple time
 
[C17: from Italian: turn; see volt²]

Volta1 (ˈvɒltə)
 
n
1.  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)
2.  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)

Volta2 (ˈvəʊltə, Italian ˈvɔlta)
 
n
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

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Volta   (vōl'tə)  Pronunciation Key 
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.
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