Leyden jar


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Leyden jar

n.
An early form of capacitor consisting of a glass jar lined inside and out with tinfoil and having a conducting rod connected to the inner foil lining and passing out of the jar through an insulated stopper.

[After Leyden (Leiden).]

Leyden jar

n
(Electrical Engineering) physics an early type of capacitor consisting of a glass jar with the lower part of the inside and outside coated with tin foil
[C18: first made in Leiden]

Ley′den jar`


n.
a device for storing electric charge, consisting essentially of a metal rod in a glass jar lined inside and outside with tinfoil.
[1815–25; so called because invented in Leyden]

Ley·den jar

(līd′n)
An early device for storing electric charge. It consists of a glass jar with conductive metal foil covering most of the inner and outer surfaces (all except the top parts). A metal rod or wire, used to draw electric charge into the jar, touches the inner foil and then exits through an insulating stopper in the neck.
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Noun1.Leyden jar - an electrostatic capacitor of historical interestLeyden jar - an electrostatic capacitor of historical interest
capacitor, condenser, electrical condenser, capacitance - an electrical device characterized by its capacity to store an electric charge
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Leyden jar

nLeidener Flasche f
References in classic literature ?
It seemed as though, by some nameless, interior volition, he would fain have shocked into them the same fiery emotion accumulated within the Leyden jar of his own magnetic life.
Mazarin bounded in his bed as if he had been put in relation with a Leyden jar or a voltaic pile, at the same time that a surprise, or rather a manifest disappointment, inflamed his features with such a blaze of anger, that Louis XIV.
3) A few years later, one of the founders of electrical science, Georg Wilhelm Lichtenberg (1743-1799) noted that the structure of the Ark of the Covenant is similar to the Leyden jar.
Taking readers from the Leyden Jar and Galvani's twitching frog legs to modern laptop batteries, the author shows how the development of battery technology was frequently a matter of luck rather than inspiration or scientific rigor.
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So what do you want: An artist who sees painting as a kind of Leyden jar wherein levels of reality and conflicting leitmotifs--nostalgia, disguise, and paralysis, for example--collide like hot electrons and who intends the ensuing energy as evocative of the fraught (re)construction of personal and collective identity?
Electricity was generated in a Leyden jar and transmitted to a brass ball on the roof, and then down a conductor to the ground.