voltaic pile


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voltaic pile

voltaic pile

n.
A source of electricity consisting of a number of alternating disks of two different metals separated by absorbent material moistened with an electrolyte, forming primary cells connected in series.
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voltaic pile

n
(General Physics) 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 or Volta's pile
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volta′ic pile′


n.
an early battery cell consisting of disks of dissimilar metals separated by electrolytic pads.
[1805–15]
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Noun1.voltaic pile - battery consisting of voltaic cells arranged in seriesvoltaic pile - battery consisting of voltaic cells arranged in series; the earliest electric battery devised by Volta
electric battery, battery - a device that produces electricity; may have several primary or secondary cells arranged in parallel or series
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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., little diplomatist as he was, saw that the minister had hoped to hear something else.
Hereupon it was agreed to postpone the internal examination until the next evening; and we were about to separate for the present, when some one suggested an experiment or two with the Voltaic pile.
He soon found out that several minerals (such as gold and silver) could emit continuous static electricity; thus, this discovery has led to the creation of the very first battery in 1800 called the "voltaic pile".