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battery

noun bat·tery \ˈba-t(ə-)rē\

: a device that is placed inside a machine (such as a clock, toy, or car) to supply it with electricity

: a usually large group of similar people, things, or ideas that work together, are used together, etc.

: a group of two or more big guns used by the military

plural bat·ter·ies

Full Definition of BATTERY

1
a :  the act of battering or beating
b :  an offensive touching or use of force on a person without the person's consent — compare assault 2a
2
[Middle French batterie, from battre to beat]
a :  a grouping of artillery pieces for tactical purposes
b :  the guns of a warship
3
:  an artillery unit in the army equivalent to a company
4
a :  a combination of apparatus for producing a single electrical effect
b :  a group of two or more cells connected together to furnish electric current; also :  a single cell that furnishes electric current <a flashlight battery>
c plural :  level of energy or enthusiasm <needs a vacation to recharge her batteries>
5
a :  a number of similar articles, items, or devices arranged, connected, or used together :  set, series <a battery of tests>
b :  a usually impressive or imposing group :  array
6
:  the position of readiness of a gun for firing
7
:  the pitcher and catcher of a baseball team

Examples of BATTERY

  1. I bought new batteries for the flashlights.
  2. The operation was performed by a battery of doctors.

Origin of BATTERY

Anglo-French baterie, from batre to beat, from Latin battuere
First Known Use: 1531

Rhymes with BATTERY

BATTERY Defined for Kids

battery

noun bat·tery \ˈba-tə-rē\
plural bat·ter·ies

Definition of BATTERY for Kids

1
:  two or more big military guns that are controlled as a unit
2
:  an electric cell or connected electric cells for providing electric current <a flashlight battery>
3
:  a number of similar items or devices grouped together <a battery of tests>
4
:  an unlawful touching or use of force on a person against his or her will
Medical Dictionary

battery

noun bat·tery \ˈbat-ə-rē, ˈba-trē\
plural bat·ter·ies

Medical Definition of BATTERY

1
a :  a combination of apparatus for producing a single electrical effect b :  a group of two or more cells connected together to furnish electric current; also :  a single cell that furnishes electric current
2
:  a group or series of tests; especially :  a group of intelligence or personality tests given to a subject as an aid in psychological analysis
July 04, 2015
stringent Hear it
rigorous, strict, or severe
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