WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2017
bat•ter•y /ˈbætəri/USA pronunciation   n., pl.  -ter•ies. 
  1. Electricity a device that produces electricity, made up of a combination of two or more connected electric cells:[countable]The car battery was dead.
  2. Military a group of guns or other weapons operated in one place:[countable]huge batteries of anti-aircraft guns.
  3. [countable] any group or series of similar things, esp. used for a common purpose: a battery of aptitude tests.
  4. Law.  an unlawful attack upon another person, esp. by beating or wounding:[uncountable]accused of aggravated battery.
  5. Sport[countable] a baseball pitcher and catcher considered as a unit.
See -bat-.
WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2017
bat•ter•y  (batə rē),USA pronunciation n., pl.  -ter•ies. 
  1. Electricity
    • Also called  galvanic battery, voltaic battery. a combination of two or more cells electrically connected to work together to produce electric energy.
    • cell (def. 7a).
  2. any large group or series of related things:a battery of questions.
  3. Military
    • two or more pieces of artillery used for combined action.
    • Militarya tactical unit of artillery, usually consisting of six guns together with the artillerymen, equipment, etc., required to operate them.
    • a parapet or fortification equipped with artillery.
  4. a group or series of similar articles, machines, parts, etc.
  5. Sport[Baseball.]the pitcher and catcher considered as a unit.
  6. Military[Navy.]
    • (on a warship) a group of guns having the same caliber or used for the same purpose.
    • the whole armament of a warship.
  7. Psychologya series of tests yielding a single total score, used for measuring aptitude, intelligence, personality, etc.
  8. the act of beating or battering.
  9. Lawan unlawful attack upon another person by beating or wounding, or by touching in an offensive manner.
  10. an instrument used in battering.
  11. Music and DanceAlso,  batterie. the instruments comprising the percussion section of an orchestra.
  12. any imposing group of persons or things acting or directed in unison:a battery of experts.
  • Middle French batterie, equivalent. to batt(re) to beat (see bate2) + -erie -ery
  • 1525–35

Bat•ter•y  (batə rē),USA pronunciation n. 
  1. Place NamesThe, a park at the S end of Manhattan, in New York City. Also called  Battery Park. 


Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::

battery /ˈbætərɪ/ n ( pl -teries)
  1. two or more primary cells connected together, usually in series, to provide a source of electric current
  2. another name for accumulator
  3. a number of similar things occurring together: a battery of questions
  4. unlawful beating or wounding of a person or mere touching in a hostile or offensive manner
  5. a fortified structure on which artillery is mounted
  6. a group of guns, missile launchers, searchlights, or torpedo tubes of similar type or size operated as a single entity
  7. a small tactical unit of artillery usually consisting of two or more troops, each of two, three or four guns
  8. chiefly Brit a large group of cages for intensive rearing of poultry
  9. (as modifier): battery hens
  10. the pitcher and the catcher considered together
Etymology: 16th Century: from Old French batterie beating, from battre to beat, from Latin battuere



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