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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 of dry cell
1890-95 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • There are several kinds of batteries, as liquid, dry-cell and storage.

    Mechanical Devices in the Home Edith Louise Allen
  • His father told us that he always had dry-cell and other batteries around the house.

    Analyzing Character Katherine M. H. Blackford and Arthur Newcomb
  • 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 spilling Compare wet cell
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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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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