Leyden jar

noun
Ley·​den jar | \ ˈlī-dᵊn- How to pronounce Leyden jar (audio) \

Definition of Leyden jar

: an electrical capacitor consisting of a glass jar coated inside and outside with metal foil and having the inner coating connected to a conducting rod passed through an insulating stopper

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Leyden jar

First Known Use of Leyden jar

1825, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for Leyden jar

Leiden, Leyden, Netherlands

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The first known use of Leyden jar was in 1825

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“Leyden jar.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Leyden%20jar. Accessed 19 Apr. 2021.

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Leyden jar

noun
Ley·​den jar | \ ˈlīd-ᵊn- How to pronounce Leyden jar (audio) \

Medical Definition of Leyden jar

: the earliest form of electrical capacitor consisting essentially of a glass jar coated part way up both inside and outside with metal foil and having the inner coating connected to a conducting rod passed through the insulating stopper

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