What does Battery mean?

Definitions for Battery
ˈbæt ə ribat·te·ry

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. batterynoun

    group of guns or missile launchers operated together at one place

  2. battery, electric batterynoun

    a device that produces electricity; may have several primary or secondary cells arranged in parallel or series

  3. batterynoun

    a collection of related things intended for use together

    "took a battery of achievement tests"

  4. batterynoun

    a unit composed of the pitcher and catcher

  5. battery, stamp batterynoun

    a series of stamps operated in one mortar for crushing ores

  6. barrage, barrage fire, battery, bombardment, shellingnoun

    the heavy fire of artillery to saturate an area rather than hit a specific target

    "they laid down a barrage in front of the advancing troops"; "the shelling went on for hours without pausing"

  7. battery, assault and batterynoun

    an assault in which the assailant makes physical contact


  1. batterynoun

    A device that produces electricity by a chemical reaction between two substances.

  2. batterynoun

    The crime or tort of intentionally striking another person.

  3. batterynoun

    A coordinated group of artillery.

  4. batterynoun

    An array of similar things.

    Schoolchildren take a battery of standard tests to measure their progress.

  5. batterynoun

    A set of small cages where hens are kept for the purpose of farming their eggs.

  6. batterynoun

    The catcher and the pitcher together

  7. batterynoun

    Two or more major pieces on the same rank, file, or diagonal

  8. Etymology: From batterie, from baterie, from batre, from battuo.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Batterynoun

    Etymology: from batter, or batterie, Fr.

    Strong wars they make, and cruel battery bend,
    ’Gainst fort of reason, it to overthrow. Fairy Queen, b. ii.

    Earthly minds, like mud walls, resist the strongest batteries. John Locke.

    Where is best place to make our batt’ry next? ————
    ———— I think at the north gate. William Shakespeare, Henry VI.

    It plants this reasoning and that argument, this consequence and that distinction, like so many intellectual batteries, till at length it forces a way and passage into the obstinate inclosed truth. South.

    See, and revere th’ artillery of heav’n,
    Drawn by the gale, or by the tempest driv’n:
    A dreadful fire the stoating batt’ries make,
    O’erturn the mountain, and the forest shake. Richard Blackmore.

    Why does he suffer this rude knave now to knock him about the sconce with a dirty shovel, and will not tell him of his action and battery? William Shakespeare, Hamlet.

    Sir, quo’ the lawyer, not to flatter ye,
    You have as good and fair a battery,
    As heart can wish, and need not shame
    The proudest man alive to claim. Hudibras, p. iii. c. iii.


  1. battery

    A battery is a device that converts stored chemical energy into electrical energy, consisting of one or more electrochemical cells. Each cell contains positive and negative electrodes, and an electrolyte which allows for the flow of electric charge. Batteries are commonly used as a power source in various types of devices, including vehicles, electronics, and other household items. Additionally, 'battery' can also refer to a series of similar units or devices grouped together, or a physical act of aggression resulting in injury or harm.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Batteryverb

    the act of battering or beating

  2. Batteryverb

    the unlawful beating of another. It includes every willful, angry and violent, or negligent touching of another's person or clothes, or anything attached to his person or held by him

  3. Batteryverb

    any place where cannon or mortars are mounted, for attack or defense

  4. Batteryverb

    two or more pieces of artillery in the field

  5. Batteryverb

    a company or division of artillery, including the gunners, guns, horses, and all equipments. In the United States, a battery of flying artillery consists usually of six guns

  6. Batteryverb

    a number of coated jars (Leyden jars) so connected that they may be charged and discharged simultaneously

  7. Batteryverb

    an apparatus for generating voltaic electricity

  8. Batteryverb

    a number of similar machines or devices in position; an apparatus consisting of a set of similar parts; as, a battery of boilers, of retorts, condensers, etc

  9. Batteryverb

    a series of stamps operated by one motive power, for crushing ores containing the precious metals

  10. Batteryverb

    the box in which the stamps for crushing ore play up and down

  11. Batteryverb

    the pitcher and catcher together


  1. Battery

    In electricity, a battery is a device consisting of one or more electrochemical cells that convert stored chemical energy into electrical energy. Since the invention of the first battery in 1800 by Alessandro Volta and especially since the technically improved Daniell cell in 1836, batteries have become a common power source for many household and industrial applications. According to a 2005 estimate, the worldwide battery industry generates US$48 billion in sales each year, with 6% annual growth. There are two types of batteries: primary batteries, which are designed to be used once and discarded, and secondary batteries, which are designed to be recharged and used multiple times. Batteries come in many sizes, from miniature cells used to power hearing aids and wristwatches to battery banks the size of rooms that provide standby power for telephone exchanges and computer data centers.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Battery

    bat′ėr-i, n. (Shak.) a wound: a number of cannon with their equipment: the place on which cannon are mounted: the men and horses attending one battery, constituting the unit in the artillery: an instrument used in electric and galvanic experiments: (law) an assault by beating or wounding: apparatus for preparing or serving meals.—Cross batteries, two batteries commanding the same spot from different directions; Floating battery (see Float); Masked battery, a battery in action out of the enemy's view; To change one's battery, to alter the direction of attacking.

The Standard Electrical Dictionary

  1. Battery

    A combination of parts or elements for the production of electrical action. The term is principally applied to voltaic batteries, but there are also magnetic batteries, batteries of Leyden jars, and other combinations, described in their places, which come under this category. [Transcriber's note: A group of similar items such as questions, machines, parts, guns, or electric cells.]

Dictionary of Military and Associated Terms

  1. battery

    1. Tactical and administrative artillery unit or subunit corresponding to a company or similar unit in other branches of the Army. 2. All guns, torpedo tubes, searchlights, or missile launchers of the same size or caliber or used for the same purpose, either installed in one ship or otherwise operating as an entity.

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. battery

    A place whereon cannon, mortars, &c., are or may be mounted for action. It generally has a parapet for the protection of the gunners, and other defences and conveniences according to its importance and objects. (See also FLOATING BATTERY.) Also, a company of artillery. In field-artillery it includes men, guns (usually six in the British service), horses, carriages, &c., complete for service.

Military Dictionary and Gazetteer

  1. battery

    A battery consists of two or more pieces of artillery in the field. The term battery also implies the implacement of ordnance destined to act offensively or defensively. It also refers to the company charged with a certain number of pieces of ordnance. The ordnance constitutes the battery; men serve it; horses drag it, and epaulments may shelter it.

  2. battery

    See Ordnance, Carriages for.

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British National Corpus

  1. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Battery' in Written Corpus Frequency: #2932

  2. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Battery' in Nouns Frequency: #1804

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Battery in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Battery in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

Examples of Battery in a Sentence

  1. Claudio Ranieri:

    For us he's very important - he's our engine. He's like a battery. Every day he doesn't stop. Also in the training I say 'N'Golo, slow down' and he's up and down, up and down!

  2. Rylee Albrecht:

    I will say that is the other parental control : the battery life. It does not last that long.

  3. John Heiser:

    He is going to show those Rebels one way or the other that his battery will be in action to the end, it is upholding the highest level of what the Army says is honorable service.

  4. Rolf Bulander:

    Battery technology is critical for the breakthrough. We expect battery costs to halve by 2020 and for the energy density to double. That would be double the range at half the price, if this technological breakthrough is achieved, we will think about manufacturing battery cells.

  5. Sacramento Metropolitan Fire Department:

    The vehicle was fully involved with fire on arrival, and took a significant amount of time, water, and thinking outside the box to extinguish, crews knocked the fire down, but the car kept re-igniting and off-gassing in the battery compartment. Working with the on-site wrecking yard personnel, the Tesla was moved on its side to gain access to the battery compartment underneath.

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