- dry cell
- nouna 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
* * *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
* * *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.[1890-95]
* * *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.
* * *n. an electric cell in which the electrolyte is absorbed in a solid to form a paste, preventing spillage. Compare with wet cell
* * *noun, pl ⋯ cells [count]: a sealed container that holds chemicals which are used for producing electricity — called also dry battery
* * *ˌdry ˈcell f12 [dry cell dry cells] nounthe type of cell in a dry battery which contains chemicals only in solid form
Useful english dictionary. 2012.