Share this entry
Daniell cell Line breaks: Dan¦iell cell
Pronunciation: /ˈdanj(ə)l/

Definition of Daniell cell in English:


A primary voltaic cell with a copper anode and a zinc-amalgam cathode, giving a standard electromotive force when either copper sulphate or sulphuric acid is used as the electrolyte.
Example sentences
  • The Daniell cell is a wet cell consisting of copper and zinc plates and copper and zinc sulphates.
  • We will build a Daniell cell, the battery that powered the telegraph system in the 19th century.
  • The text, which describes the Daniell cell and other early batteries, comes from an 1871 book about telegraphy.


Mid 19th century: named after John Daniell (1790–1845), the British physicist who invented it.

Share this entry

What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.

Subscribe to remove adverts and access premium resources