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Definition: Voltaic circuit
, a. [Cf. F. volta["i]que, It. voltaico.]
1. 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.
2. Of or pertaining to voltaism, or voltaic electricity; as,
voltaic induction; the voltaic arc.
Note: See the Note under Galvanism
, a luminous arc, of intense brilliancy, formed
between carbon points as electrodes by the passage of a
powerful voltaic current.
, an apparatus variously constructed,
consisting of a series of plates or pieces of dissimilar
metals, as copper and zinc, arranged in pairs, and
subjected to the action of a saline or acid solution, by
which a current of electricity is generated whenever the
two poles, or ends of the series, are connected by a
conductor; a galvanic battery. See Battery
(b), and Note.
. See under Circuit
or Voltaic element
, a single pair of the
connected plates of a battery.
. See the Note under Electricity
, a kind of voltaic battery consisting of
alternate disks of dissimilar metals, separated by
moistened cloth or paper. See 5th Pile
Voltaic protection of metals
, the protection of a metal
exposed to the corrosive action of sea water, saline or
acid liquids, or the like, by associating it with a metal
which is positive to it, as when iron is galvanized, or
coated with zinc.
(s[~e]r"k'l), n. [OE. cercle, F. cercle, fr. L.
circulus (Whence also AS. circul), dim. of circus circle,
akin to Gr. kri`kos, ki`rkos, circle, ring. Cf. Circus
1. A plane figure, bounded by a single curve line called its
circumference, every part of which is equally distant from
a point within it, called the center.
2. The line that bounds such a figure; a circumference; a
3. (Astron.) An instrument of observation, the graduated limb
of which consists of an entire circle.
Note: When it is fixed to a wall in an observatory, it is
called a mural circle
; when mounted with a telescope
on an axis and in Y's, in the plane of the meridian, a
or transit circle
; when involving
the principle of reflection, like the sextant, a
; and when that of repeating an
angle several times continuously along the graduated
limb, a repeating circle
4. A round body; a sphere; an orb.
It is he that sitteth upon the circle of the earth.
--Is. xi. 22.
5. Compass; circuit; inclosure.
In the circle of this forest. --Shak.
6. A company assembled, or conceived to assemble, about a
central point of interest, or bound by a common tie; a
class or division of society; a coterie; a set.
As his name gradually became known, the circle of
his acquaintance widened. --Macaulay.
7. A circular group of persons; a ring.
8. A series ending where it begins, and repeating itself.
Thus in a circle runs the peasant's pain. --Dryden.
9. (Logic) A form of argument in which two or more unproved
statements are used to prove each other; inconclusive
That heavy bodies descend by gravity; and, again,
that gravity is a quality whereby a heavy body
descends, is an impertinent circle and teaches
10. Indirect form of words; circumlocution. [R.]
Has he given the lie,
In circle, or oblique, or semicircle. --J.
11. A territorial division or district.
The Circles of the Holy Roman Empire
, ten in number, were
those principalities or provinces which had seats in the
. See under Azimuth
Circle of altitude
(Astron.), a circle parallel to the
horizon, having its pole in the zenith; an almucantar.
Circle of curvature
. See Osculating circle of a curve
Circle of declination
. See under Declination
Circle of latitude
(a) (Astron.) A great circle perpendicular to the plane
of the ecliptic, passing through its poles.
(b) (Spherical Projection) A small circle of the sphere
whose plane is perpendicular to the axis.
Circles of longitude
, lesser circles parallel to the
ecliptic, diminishing as they recede from it.
Circle of perpetual apparition
, at any given place, the
boundary of that space around the elevated pole, within
which the stars never set. Its distance from the pole is
equal to the latitude of the place.
Circle of perpetual occultation
, at any given place, the
boundary of the space around the depressed pole, within
which the stars never rise.
Circle of the sphere
, a circle upon the surface of the
sphere, called a great circle when its plane passes
through the center of the sphere; in all other cases, a
. See under Diurnal
, a gallery in a theater, generally the one
containing the prominent and more expensive seats.
(Eng. Antiq.), a popular name for certain
ancient inclosures formed by rude stones circularly
arranged, as at Stonehenge, near Salisbury.
, a gallery in a theater, usually one
containing inexpensive seats.
(Dialing), the lines on dials which show the
Osculating circle of a curve
(Geom.), the circle which
touches the curve at some point in the curve, and close to
the point more nearly coincides with the curve than any
other circle. This circle is used as a measure of the
curvature of the curve at the point, and hence is called
circle of curvature.
. See under Pitch
, an azimuth circle.
or Voltaic circle
. See under Circuit
To square the circle
. See under Square
Syn: Ring; circlet; compass; circuit; inclosure.
, n. [F. circuit, fr. L. circuitus, fr.
circuire or circumire to go around; circum around + ire to
1. The act of moving or revolving around, or as in a circle
or orbit; a revolution; as, the periodical circuit of the
earth round the sun. --Watts.
2. The circumference of, or distance round, any space; the
measure of a line round an area.
The circuit or compass of Ireland is 1,800 miles.
3. That which encircles anything, as a ring or crown.
The golden circuit on my head. --Shak.
4. The space inclosed within a circle, or within limits.
A circuit wide inclosed with goodliest trees.
5. A regular or appointed journeying from place to place in
the exercise of one's calling, as of a judge, or a
(a) (Law) A certain division of a state or country,
established by law for a judge or judges to visit, for
the administration of justice. --Bouvier.
(b) (Methodist Church) A district in which an itinerant
7. Circumlocution. [Obs.] “Thou hast used no circuit of
(Law), a court which sits successively in
different places in its circuit (see Circuit
, 6). In the
United States, the federal circuit courts are commonly
presided over by a judge of the supreme court, or a
special circuit judge, together with the judge of the
district court. They have jurisdiction within statutory
limits, both in law and equity, in matters of federal
cognizance. Some of the individual States also have
circuit courts, which have general statutory jurisdiction
of the same class, in matters of State cognizance.
Circuit of action
or Circuity of action
(Law), a longer
course of proceedings than is necessary to attain the
object in view.
To make a circuit
, to go around; to go a roundabout way.
or Galvanic circle
or Voltaic circuit
, a continous electrical communication
between the two poles of a battery; an arrangement of
voltaic elements or couples with proper conductors, by
which a continuous current of electricity is established.