American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. An early form of capacitor consisting of a glass jar lined inside and out with tinfoil and having a conducting rod connected to the inner foil lining and passing out of the jar through an insulated stopper.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. See jar.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (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.
- n. an electrostatic capacitor of historical interest
- Named after Leiden, the Netherlands, where it was invented. (Wiktionary)
- After Leyden (Leiden). (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
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