Definition of volte in English:


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Pronunciation: /vɒlt
, vəʊlt
(also volt)


1 Fencing A sudden quick jump or other movement to escape a thrust, especially a swinging round of the rear leg to turn the body sideways.
More example sentences
  • He uses the term ‘voiding ‘for the volte or esquive.’
2A movement performed in dressage and classical riding, in which a horse describes a circle of 6 yards diameter.
More example sentences
  • Figures such as voltes and squares were used to engage the horse's hind legs before a transition to a new gait.


late 17th century (as a fencing term): from French, from Italian volta 'a turn', from volgere 'to turn'. sense 2 dates from the early 18th century.

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