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The Definition of - battery (noun)

    noun, plural batteries.
    1. Also called galvanic battery, voltaic battery. a combination of two or more cell electrically connected to work together to produce electric energy.
    2. cell1 (def 7a).
    any large group or series of related things:
    a battery of questions.
    1. two or more pieces of artillery used for combined action.
    2. a tactical unit of artillery, usually consisting of six guns together with the artillerymen, equipment, etc., required to operate them.
    3. a parapet or fortification equipped with artillery.
    a group or series of similar articles, machines, parts, etc.
    Baseball. the pitcher and catcher considered as a unit.
    1. (on a warship) a group of guns having the same caliber or used for the same purpose.
    2. the whole armament of a warship.
    Psychology. a series of tests yielding a single total score, used for measuring aptitude, intelligence, personality, etc.
    the act of beating or battering.
    Law. an unlawful attack upon another person by beating or wounding, or by touching in an offensive manner.
    an instrument used in battering.
    Also, batterie. Music. the instruments comprising the percussion section of an orchestra.
    any imposing group of persons or things acting or directed in unison:
    a battery of experts.

Word Example of - battery

    Example Sentences for battery

    In the “battery” the instruments of prime importance are the tympani.

    For an instant Clif thought of charging the battery—with four men.

    At Burkersdorf Frederick placed 45 howitzers in one battery.

    He has to mask this battery, however, because he dare not openly put it forward.

    Took the six pieces and caissons, leaving the battery wagon and forge.

    Your company was pinned down on a knoll by a battery of field artillery.

    Nasmyth beckoned to Laura and moved forward with Gordon, and Wheeler, who carried the battery.

    "Be off, and play at duty," and he bundled them into the battery.

    The remaining transmitting apparatus consists of the battery D2 and the usual wireless apparatus.

    The other set in the black pockets is connected with another button and the battery.

Word Origin & History of - battery

    Word Origin & History

    battery 1530s, "action of battering," from M.Fr. batterie, from O.Fr. baterie (12c.) "beating, thrashing, assault," from batre "beat," from L. bauttere "beat" (see batter (v.)). Meaning shifted in M.Fr. from "bombardment" ("heavy blows" upon city walls or fortresses) to "unit of artillery" (a sense recorded in English from 1550s). Extension to "electrical cell" (1748, first used by Ben Franklin) is perhaps via notion of "discharges" of electricity. In obsolete baseball jargon battery was the word for "pitcher and catcher" considered as a unit (1867).

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