voltaic pile
Pile Pile, n. [F. pile, L. pila a pillar, a pier or mole of stone. Cf. {Pillar}.] 1. A mass of things heaped together; a heap; as, a pile of stones; a pile of wood. [1913 Webster]

2. A mass formed in layers; as, a pile of shot. [1913 Webster]

3. A funeral pile; a pyre. --Dryden. [1913 Webster]

4. A large building, or mass of buildings. [1913 Webster]

The pile o'erlooked the town and drew the fight. --Dryden. [1913 Webster]

5. (Iron Manuf.) Same as {Fagot}, n., 2. [1913 Webster]

6. (Elec.) A vertical series of alternate disks of two dissimilar metals, as copper and zinc, laid up with disks of cloth or paper moistened with acid water between them, for producing a current of electricity; -- commonly called {Volta's pile}, {voltaic pile}, or {galvanic pile}. [1913 Webster]

Note: The term is sometimes applied to other forms of apparatus designed to produce a current of electricity, or as synonymous with battery; as, for instance, to an apparatus for generating a current of electricity by the action of heat, usually called a thermopile. [1913 Webster]

7. [F. pile pile, an engraved die, L. pila a pillar.] The reverse of a coin. See {Reverse}. [1913 Webster]

{Cross and pile}. See under {Cross}.

{Dry pile}. See under {Dry}. [1913 Webster]


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  • Voltaic pile — Voltaic Vol*ta ic, a. [Cf. F. volta[ i]que, It. voltaico.] [1913 Webster] 1. Of or pertaining to Alessandro Volta, who first devised apparatus for developing electric currents by chemical action, and established this branch of electric science;… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • voltaic pile — n. an early type of primary cell used to generate direct current: it consisted of a stack of paired disks of dissimilar metals separated by acid saturated cloth or paper …   English World dictionary

  • Voltaic pile — A copper zinc voltaic pile. A voltaic pile on disp …   Wikipedia

  • voltaic pile — noun battery consisting of voltaic cells arranged in series; the earliest electric battery devised by Volta (Freq. 2) • Syn: ↑pile, ↑galvanic pile • Hypernyms: ↑battery, ↑electric battery * * * noun …   Useful english dictionary

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  • Voltaic pile — Voltos elementas statusas T sritis chemija apibrėžtis Elektrocheminis elementas, sudarytas iš vario ir cinko plokštelių NaCl tirpale. atitikmenys: angl. Volta pile; Voltaic pile rus. элемент Вольта …   Chemijos terminų aiškinamasis žodynas

  • voltaic pile — Voltos elementas statusas T sritis fizika atitikmenys: angl. Volta pile; voltaic pile vok. Volta Element, n rus. элемент Вольта, m pranc. élément voltaïque, m …   Fizikos terminų žodynas

  • Voltaic pile — Voltos stulpelis statusas T sritis fizika atitikmenys: angl. Voltaic pile vok. Voltaische Spalte, f; Volta Säule, f rus. вольтов столбец, m pranc. pile galvanique, f …   Fizikos terminų žodynas

  • voltaic pile — /vɒlˌteɪɪk ˈpaɪl/ (say vol.tayik puyl) noun an early form of voltaic battery consisting of a number of voltaic cells joined in series, each one containing a sheet of copper and a sheet of zinc separated by a piece of cloth moistened with dilute… …   Australian English dictionary

  • voltaic pile — Elect. 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.… …   Universalium

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