Definition of


  1. (noun, act) an assault in which the assailant makes physical contact
  2. (noun, act) the heavy fire of artillery to saturate an area rather than hit a specific target
    the shelling went on for hours without pausing
  3. (noun, artifact) a device that produces electricity; may have several primary or secondary cells arranged in parallel or series
  4. (noun, artifact) a series of stamps operated in one mortar for crushing ores
  5. (noun, group) a collection of related things intended for use together
  6. (noun, group) a unit composed of the pitcher and catcher
  7. (noun, group) group of guns or missile launchers operated together at one place

via WordNet, Princeton University

Origin of the word Battery

  1. 1530s, "action of battering," from M.Fr. batterie, from O.Fr. baterie (12c.) "beating, thrashing, assault," from batre "beat," from L. bauttere "beat" (see batter (v.)). Meaning shifted in M.Fr. from "bombardment" ("heavy blows" upon city walls or fortresses) to "unit of artillery" (a sense recorded in English from 1550s). Extension to "electrical ce… more

via Online Etymology Dictionary, ©2001 Douglas Harper

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