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selenium cell

noun, Electricity.
a photovoltaic cell consisting of a thin strip of selenium placed between two metal electrodes.
Origin of selenium cell
First recorded in 1875-80 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • In the dark the selenium cell has a very high resistance, and therefore no current can flow from the battery D to the relay F.

  • The assistant had shoved the photograph into the holder from which each section was projected on the selenium cell screen.

    The Social Gangster Arthur B. Reeve
  • The electric resistance of a selenium cell undergoes diminution with the intensity of light that falls on it.

  • Another curious application of the selenium cell has been attempted, but has scarcely gone beyond the domain of theory.

British Dictionary definitions for selenium cell

selenium cell

a photoelectric cell containing a strip of selenium between two metal electrodes
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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