electric cell

cell1 ( def 7a ).
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electric cell  
A device, such as a battery, that is capable of changing some form of energy, such as chemical energy or radiant energy, into electricity. Also called voltaic cell. ◇ An electric cell that converts light energy into electrical energy using the photoelectric effect is called a photoelectric or photovoltaic cell; such cells are used in the generation of solar power and are called solar cells. See also galvanic.
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Example sentences
The solar-electric cell and module industry is growing.
Photoelectric smoke detectors contain a light source and a light-sensitive
  electric cell.
Battery-powered tools, camcorders, and computers are among a proliferation of
  emerging uses for the electric cell.
Lighting to be controlled by photo-electric cell and contactor.
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