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battery

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noun bat·tery \ˈba-t(ə-)rē\

Simple Definition of battery

  • : 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

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of battery

plural batteries

  1. 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. 2 [Middle French batterie, from battre to beat] a :  a grouping of artillery pieces for tactical purposes b :  the guns of a warship

  3. 3 :  an artillery unit in the army equivalent to a company

  4. 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. 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. 6 :  the position of readiness of a gun for firing

  7. 7 :  the pitcher and catcher of a baseball team

Examples of battery in a sentence

  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

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noun bat·tery \ˈba-tə-rē\

Definition of battery for Students

plural batteries

  1. 1 :  two or more big military guns that are controlled as a unit

  2. 2 :  an electric cell or connected electric cells for providing electric current <a flashlight battery>

  3. 3 :  a number of similar items or devices grouped together <a battery of tests>

  4. 4 :  an unlawful touching or use of force on a person against his or her will




Medical Dictionary

battery

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noun bat·tery \ˈbat-ə-rē, ˈba-trē\

Medical Definition of battery

plural batteries

  1. 1a:  a combination of apparatus for producing a single electrical effectb:  a group of two or more cells connected together to furnish electric current; also :  a single cell that furnishes electric current

  2. 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




Law Dictionary

battery

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noun bat·tery \ˈba-tə-rē, -trē\

Legal Definition of battery

  1. :  the crime or tort of intentionally or recklessly causing offensive physical contact or bodily harm (as by striking or by administering a poison or drug) that is not consented to by the victim — compare assault aggravated battery :  criminal battery that is accompanied by aggravating factors: as a :  criminal battery that causes or is intended to cause serious bodily injury esp. through the use of a dangerous weapon b :  criminal battery committed on a protected person (as a minor or a police officer) — compare simple battery in this entry Editor's note: Aggravated battery is usu. classified as a felony. sexual battery :  intentional and offensive sexual contact and esp. sexual intercourse with a person who has not given or (as in the case of a child) is incapable of giving consent; broadly :  forced or coerced contact with the sexual parts of either the victim or the perpetrator — see also rape Editor's note: This is a broad definition of the offense. The specific elements of this crime vary from state to state, and some states use more narrow definitions. simple battery :  criminal battery that is not accompanied by aggravating factors (as a dangerous weapon) — compare aggravated battery in this entry Editor's note: Simple battery is usu. classified as a misdemeanor.



Origin of battery

Old French batterie beating, from battre to beat, from Latin battuere



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