/vohl"teuh/ or, It. /vawl"tah/ for 1; /vol"teuh, vohl"-/ for 2, n.1. Count Alessandro /ah'les sahn"drddaw/, 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. ab. 250 mi. (400 km) long; with branches ab. 1240 mi. (1995 km) long.
* * *(as used in expressions)Volta Alessandro Giuseppe Antonio AnastasioVolta Lake
* * *▪ poetryItalian“turn”the turn in thought in a sonnet that is often indicated by such initial words as But, Yet, or And yet.The volta occurs between the octet and sestet in a Petrarchan sonnet and sometimes between the 8th and 9th or between the 12th and 13th lines of a Shakespearean sonnet, as in William Shakespeare (Shakespeare, William)'s sonnet number 130:My mistress' eyes are nothing like the sun;Coral is far more red than her lips' red;If snow be white, why then her breasts are dun;If hairs be wires, black wires grow on her head.I have seen roses damask'd, red and white,But no such roses see I in her cheeks;And in some perfumes is there more delightThan in the breath that from my mistress reeks.I love to hear her speak, yet well I knowThat music hath a far more pleasing sound;I grant I never saw a goddess go;My mistress, when she walks, treads on the ground.And yet, by heaven, I think my love as rareAs any she belied with false compare.
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