Leyden jar


  • WordNet 3.6
    • n Leyden jar an electrostatic capacitor of historical interest
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Leyden jar (Elec) A glass jar or bottle used to accumulate electricity. It is coated with tin foil, within and without, nearly to its top, and is surmounted by a brass knob which communicates with the inner coating, for the purpose of charging it with electricity. It is so named from having been invented in Leyden, Holland.
    • Leyden jar See in the Vocabulary.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Leyden jar lī′den jär, a form of condenser for statical electricity, a glass jar coated inside and outside with tinfoil for two-thirds of its height, the inner coating connected with a metallic knob at the top of the jar, usually by means of a loose chain.
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In literature:

Invention of the Leyden jar, named from the city where first used.
"The Great Events by Famous Historians, v. 13" by Various
For to walk within the dead line was like walking into a saturated Leyden jar.
"A Republic Without a President and Other Stories" by Herbert Ward
It was the discharge of the Leyden jar, the loosing of the tense bow-string, and it brought relief.
"The Valiants of Virginia" by Hallie Erminie Rives
He had the Leyden jar, and now all he needed was to establish some suitable connection between a thunder-cloud and the earth.
"Electricity and Magnetism" by Elisha Gray
This may be shown by an application of the Method of Difference to the example of the Leyden jar.
"A System of Logic: Ratiocinative and Inductive" by John Stuart Mill
Before he made this discovery, men of science had learned how to store up electricity in what is called a Leyden jar.
"American Leaders and Heroes" by Wilbur Fisk Gordy
It is mainly a torsion balance combined with a Leyden-jar.
"A Treatise on Meteorological Instruments" by Henry Negretti
In 1745 Prof. Muschenbroeck of Leyden University developed the celebrated Leyden jar.
"Inventions in the Century" by William Henry Doolittle
Humbolt describes the shock produced by this creature, as exceeding in strength that of a large Leyden jar.
"Natural History in Anecdote" by Various
In the Leyden jar the insulator is a glass jar, while the "plates" are coatings of tinfoil, one inside and the other outside.
"Marvels of Scientific Invention" by Thomas W. Corbin