- 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.
Compare battery(def 1).
Origin of dry cell
First recorded in 1890–95
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Examples from the Web for dry cell
Even at local stationary stores and small electric stores, I could not find any dry-cell batteries.Shocking Videos and Photos From the 2011 Japan Earthquake and Tsunami
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There are several kinds of batteries, as liquid, dry-cell and storage.Mechanical Devices in the Home
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His father told us that he always had dry-cell and other batteries around the house.Analyzing Character
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Fill the dry-cell vessel with this solution and allow it to remain until the blotting paper is completely saturated.The Boy Mechanic, Book 2
- a primary cell in which the electrolyte is in the form of a paste or is treated in some way to prevent it from spillingCompare wet cell
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- A galvanic electric cell, such as a flashlight battery, in which the chemicals in the electrolyte are made into a paste so that they cannot easily spill from their container. Compare wet cell.
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