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; discovered by Volta; as, voltaic electricity. [1913 Webster]

2. Of or pertaining to voltaism, or voltaic electricity; as, voltaic induction; the voltaic arc. [1913 Webster]

Note: See the Note under {Galvanism}. [1913 Webster]

{Voltaic arc}, a luminous arc, of intense brilliancy, formed between carbon points as electrodes by the passage of a powerful voltaic current.

{Voltaic battery}, an apparatus variously constructed, consisting of a series of plates or pieces of dissimilar metals, as copper and zinc, arranged in pairs, and subjected to the action of a saline or acid solution, by which a current of electricity is generated whenever the two poles, or ends of the series, are connected by a conductor; a galvanic battery. See {Battery}, 4. (b), and Note.

{Voltaic circuit}. See under {Circuit}.

{Voltaic couple} or {Voltaic element}, a single pair of the connected plates of a battery.

{Voltaic electricity}. See the Note under {Electricity}.

{Voltaic pile}, a kind of voltaic battery consisting of alternate disks of dissimilar metals, separated by moistened cloth or paper. See 5th {Pile}.

{Voltaic protection of metals}, the protection of a metal exposed to the corrosive action of sea water, saline or acid liquids, or the like, by associating it with a metal which is positive to it, as when iron is galvanized, or coated with zinc. [1913 Webster]


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  • 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.… …   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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