What does battery mean?

Definitions for battery
ˈbæt ə ribat·tery

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word battery.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. battery(noun)

    group of guns or missile launchers operated together at one place

  2. battery, electric battery(noun)

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

  3. battery(noun)

    a collection of related things intended for use together

    "took a battery of achievement tests"

  4. battery(noun)

    a unit composed of the pitcher and catcher

  5. battery, stamp battery(noun)

    a series of stamps operated in one mortar for crushing ores

  6. barrage, barrage fire, battery, bombardment, shelling(noun)

    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 battery(noun)

    an assault in which the assailant makes physical contact


  1. battery(Noun)

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

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

  2. battery(Noun)

    The crime or tort of intentionally striking another person.

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

  3. battery(Noun)

    A coordinated group of artillery.

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

  4. battery(Noun)

    An array of similar things.

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

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

  5. battery(Noun)

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

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

  6. battery(Noun)

    The catcher and the pitcher together

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

  7. battery(Noun)

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

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

Webster Dictionary

  1. Battery(verb)

    the act of battering or beating

  2. Battery(verb)

    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. Battery(verb)

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

  4. Battery(verb)

    two or more pieces of artillery in the field

  5. Battery(verb)

    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. Battery(verb)

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

  7. Battery(verb)

    an apparatus for generating voltaic electricity

  8. Battery(verb)

    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. Battery(verb)

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

  10. Battery(verb)

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

  11. Battery(verb)

    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. The Spaniard:

    I think we can have a prototype ready in September (2016), so we will do testing...in October, November and December and then start producing in January and you can have 10 or 20 cars by end of March and do the first race in April (2017), this car is more or less going to be like a skateboard. So you have a flat battery in the floor, four motors – one on each wheel – and that’s it.

  2. Le Borgne:

    We have development for battery electric vehicles, that will take place around 2020 and it will be a common development with our Chinese partner Dongfeng Motor.

  3. South Korea Mark Lippert:

    We've moved, over time, a good deal of missile defense capability to the region, ground-based interceptors to Alaska, surface combatants to the Western Pacific, a THAAD battery on Guam, another radar in Japan in order to be ready and vigilant for anything the North Koreans may or may not do.

  4. Kevin Fox:

    The exploration space is not full of wonderful opportunities, what are we looking at? It's trite to say the battery minerals sector is attracting a lot of interest and we are obviously looking at that. We include in that copper.

  5. Rolf Bulander:

    If this technological breakthrough is achieved, we will think about manufacturing battery cells.

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