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.
Compare battery ( def 1 ).


Origin:
1890–95

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dry cell
 
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Compare wet 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 spilling

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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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Convenience centers also offer a method of recycling used motor oil, small electronics and both wet and dry cell batteries.
The dry cell battery can rupture and irritate the skin.
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