Definition of battery
1a : the act of beating someone or something with successive blows : the act of battering (see 1batter 1)b law : an offensive touching or use of force on a person without the person's consent evidence that supports a charge of battery — compare assault 2a
2 [Middle French batterie, from battre to beat] military a : a grouping of artillery pieces for tactical (see tactical 1a(1)) purposes a battery of cannon from the Revolutionary Warb : the guns of a warship the starboard battery
4a : a combination of apparatus for producing a single electrical effect a battery of generatorsb : a group of two or more cells (see cell 5) connected together to furnish electric current; also : a single cell that furnishes electric current need to replace the flashlight's batteriesc batteries plural : level of energy or enthusiasm needs a vacation to recharge her batteries
5a (1) : a number of similar articles, items, or devices arranged, connected, or used together : set, series ran through a battery of tests a battery of filing cabinets (2) : a series of cages or compartments for raising or fattening poultry —often used before another noun battery chickens battery farmingb : a usually impressive or imposing group : array a battery of specialists
6 : the position of readiness of a gun for firing the gun would not return to battery — Infantry Journal
7 baseball : the pitcher and catcher of a team one of the greatest batteries in baseball history
Examples of battery in a Sentence
I bought new batteries for the flashlights.
The operation was performed by a battery of doctors.
Origin and Etymology of battery
Anglo-French baterie, from batre to beat, from Latin battuere
First Known Use: 1531See Words from the same year
BATTERY Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of battery for English Language Learners
: 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
BATTERY Defined for Kids
Definition of battery for Students
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 Definition of battery
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: a group or series of tests; especially : a group of intelligence or personality tests given to a subject as an aid in psychological analysis
Legal Definition of battery
: 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 especially 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 usually classified as a felony. sexual battery : intentional and offensive sexual contact and especially 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 usually classified as a misdemeanor.
Origin and Etymology of battery
Old French batterie beating, from battre to beat, from Latin battuere
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