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voltaic pile

noun, Electricity
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.
Also called galvanic pile, pile, Volta's pile.
Origin of voltaic pile
1805-15 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • Volta also carried out his belief by constructing what is called a voltaic pile.

    Things a Boy Should Know About Electricity Thomas M. (Thomas Matthew) St. John
  • This strange defile is a voltaic pile; the plates of which are the double line of cliffs.

    Toilers of the Sea Victor Hugo
  • As he drew the dog up to an apparatus which we know as a voltaic pile, he rounded off his words with his false and grating laugh.

    Balsamo, The Magician Alexander Dumas
  • By uniting a number of couples together in regular order, a voltaic pile or battery is formed.

  • A few years afterwards Volta devised what is known as the voltaic pile (Fig. 20).

    Electricity for Boys J. S. Zerbe
  • When his agricultural researches were finished he went back to his studies with the voltaic pile or battery.

    Historic Inventions Rupert S. Holland
  • On the Electricity of the voltaic pile; its source, quantity, intensity, and general characters.

  • Volta read a memoir on Galvanism and explained his theory of the action of the voltaic pile or battery.

    The Royal Institution Bence Jones
  • Just after the invention of the voltaic pile in 1800 it came to be used in medicine with wonderful results.

    Psychotherapy James J. Walsh
  • Volta sent the first account of his discovery of the voltaic pile to Sir Joseph Banks.

    The Royal Institution Bence Jones
British Dictionary definitions for voltaic pile

voltaic pile

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 electrolyte Also called pile, galvanic pile, Volta's pile
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voltaic pile in Science
voltaic pile  
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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