dry cell


: a voltaic cell whose contents are not spillable

called also dry battery

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web And some who opt for waiting in the dry cell come around to the scanner. James Whitlow, baltimoresun.com, 19 Mar. 2021

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Word History

First Known Use

1893, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of dry cell was in 1893

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“Dry cell.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dry%20cell. Accessed 1 Dec. 2022.

Kids Definition

dry cell


: a small battery whose contents cannot be spilled
a dry cell for a flashlight

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