dry cell

dry cell
noun
a small Leclanche cell containing no free liquid; the electrolyte is a paste and the negative zinc pole forms the container of the cell; used in flashlights, portable radios, etc.
Hypernyms: ↑Leclanche cell
Part Holonyms: ↑dry battery

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noun
: a voltaic cell whose contents are made nonspillable by the use of some absorbent (as sawdust or gelatin); especially : a cell of the Leclanché type in which a mixture of plaster of paris, flour, and sal ammoniac with water takes the place of the solution

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Elect.
a cell in which the electrolyte exists in the form of a paste, is absorbed in a porous medium, or is otherwise restrained from flowing.
Cf. battery (def. 1).
[1890-95]

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dry cell,
an electric cell in which the chemical producing the current is made into a paste with gelatin, sawdust, or the like, so that its contents cannot spill.

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n. an electric cell in which the electrolyte is absorbed in a solid to form a paste, preventing spillage. Compare with wet cell

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noun, pl ⋯ cells [count]
: a sealed container that holds chemicals which are used for producing electricity — called also dry battery

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ˌdry ˈcell f12 [dry cell dry cells] noun
the type of cell in a dry battery which contains chemicals only in solid form

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