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voltaic pile

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noun Electricity.
  1. an early battery cell, consisting of several metal disks, each made of one of two dissimilar metals, arranged in an alternating series, and separated by pads moistened with an electrolyte.
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Origin of voltaic pile

First recorded in 1805–15
Also called galvanic pile, pile, Volta's pile.
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British Dictionary definitions for voltaic pile

voltaic pile

noun
  1. an early form of battery consisting of a pile of paired plates of dissimilar metals, such as zinc and copper, each pair being separated from the next by a pad moistened with an electrolyteAlso called: pile, galvanic pile, Volta's pile
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voltaic pile

  1. A source of electricity consisting of a number of disks that alternate between two different metals and are separated by acid-moistened pads, forming a set of galvanic cells connected in series. See more at galvanic. See Note at battery.
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