battery

noun
bat·​tery | \ ˈba-t(ə-)rē How to pronounce battery (audio) \
plural batteries

Definition of battery

1a : the act of beating someone or something with successive blows : the act of battering (see batter entry 1 sense 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 entry 1 sense 2a

2 [ Middle French batterie, from battre to beat ] military

a : a grouping of artillery pieces for tactical (see tactical sense 1a(1)) purposes a battery of cannon from the Revolutionary War
b : the guns of a warship the starboard battery
3 military : an artillery (see artillery sense 2b) unit in the army equivalent to a company (see company entry 1 sense 2b)
4a : a combination of apparatus for producing a single electrical effect a battery of generators
b : a group of two or more cells (see cell sense 5) connected together to furnish electric current also : a single cell that furnishes electric current need to replace the flashlight's batteries
c 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 chickensbattery farming
b : 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 batteryInfantry Journal
7 baseball : the pitcher and catcher of a team one of the greatest batteries in baseball history

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Examples of battery in a Sentence

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

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The 32-year-old Dumfries man was arrested and charged with abduction and domestic assault and battery. Lisa M. Bolton, Washington Post, "Prince William crime report," 10 July 2019 Male, 39, victim of simple battery, 25700 block Caryn Court. Ramona Sentinel, "Sheriff’s Reports: June 27 to July 7," 10 July 2019 In the new segments of the clip, Hill is heard denying committing assault and battery against Espinal in 2014. Alaa Abdeldaiem, SI.com, "Tyreek Hill Denies Assaulting Fiancee in Full Audio Recording Released on Radio," 9 July 2019 The actor has pleaded not guilty to a charge of indecent assault and battery. CBS News, "Kevin Spacey's accuser takes stand over missing cell phone, speaks publicly for first time," 8 July 2019 Spacey pleaded not guilty to indecent assault and battery in January. Nardine Saad, latimes.com, "Here’s what’s going on in Kevin Spacey’s legal saga," 8 July 2019 Clark County Circuit Judge Andrew Adams, 47, faces two counts of Level 6 felony battery in connection to the May 1 shooting. Justin L. Mack, Indianapolis Star, "Indiana judge charged in shooting appears in court, ordered to stay away from White Castle," 28 June 2019 Spacey, who has denied the groping the teen, pleaded not guilty to indecent assault and battery in January. Alanna Durkin Richer, Fortune, "Kevin Spacey Accuser Sues Over Alleged Groping at Nantucket Bar," 27 June 2019 Spacey, who has denied the groping the teen, pleaded not guilty to indecent assault and battery in January. Alanna Durkin Richer, chicagotribune.com, "Man sues Kevin Spacey over alleged groping at island bar," 27 June 2019

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First Known Use of battery

1531, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for battery

Anglo-French baterie, from batre to beat, from Latin battuere

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battery

noun

English Language Learners 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

battery

noun
bat·​tery | \ ˈba-tə-rē How to pronounce battery (audio) \
plural batteries

Kids Definition of battery

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

battery

noun
bat·​tery | \ ˈbat-ə-rē, ˈba-trē How to pronounce battery (audio) \
plural batteries

Medical Definition of battery

1a : 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

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battery

noun
bat·​tery | \ ˈba-tə-rē, -trē How to pronounce battery (audio) \

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

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

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

Note: Simple battery is usually classified as a misdemeanor.

History and Etymology for battery

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

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