dry cell


noun Electricity.

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.

Origin of dry cell

First recorded in 1890–95
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  • There are several kinds of batteries, as liquid, dry-cell and storage.

  • 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.

British Dictionary definitions for dry cell

dry cell


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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dry cell in Science

dry cell

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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