battery

Battery is (among other things) physical attack or assault: “He was arrested for battery after he hit his manager several times on the head with a large flashlight.”

When you think of a battery, you probably envision the electrical devices that allow you to power everything in your life — from your car to your cell phone. However, battery has a whole host of meanings. In addition to beating someone as in "assault and battery," it also refers to a collection of artillery or guns: “He’s collected a battery of weapons; we hope he doesn’t intend to use them." Beyond guns, a battery can also refer to any group or collection of similar things: “She was subjected to a battery of tests, designed to determine whether she was a genius or just plain smart.”

Primary Meanings of battery

1.
n
a collection of related things intended for use together
2.
n
a device that produces electricity; may have several primary or secondary cells arranged in parallel or series
3.
n
a unit composed of the pitcher and catcher
4.
n
an assault in which the assailant makes physical contact
Full Definitions of battery
1

n a collection of related things intended for use together

“took a battery of achievement tests”
Type of:
accumulation, aggregation, assemblage, collection
several things grouped together or considered as a whole

n a series of stamps operated in one mortar for crushing ores

Synonyms:
stamp battery
Type of:
stamp mill, stamping mill
a mill in which ore is crushed with stamps

n group of guns or missile launchers operated together at one place

Type of:
artillery, artillery unit
an army unit that uses big guns

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

Synonyms:
barrage, barrage fire, bombardment, shelling
Type of:
fire, firing
the act of firing weapons or artillery at an enemy
2

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

Synonyms:
electric battery
Types:
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A battery
the battery used to heat the filaments of a vacuum tube
B battery
battery for supplying a constant positive voltage to the plate of a vacuum tube
C battery
battery used to maintain the grid potential in a vacuum tube
galvanic battery, voltaic battery
battery consisting of a number of voltaic cells arranged in series or parallel
galvanic pile, pile, voltaic pile
battery consisting of voltaic cells arranged in series; the earliest electric battery devised by Volta
dry battery
a voltaic battery consisting of two or more dry cells
accumulator, storage battery
a voltaic battery that stores electric charge
Type of:
electrical device
a device that produces or is powered by electricity
3

n a unit composed of the pitcher and catcher

Type of:
squad, team
a cooperative unit (especially in sports)
4

n an assault in which the assailant makes physical contact

Synonyms:
assault and battery
Types:
resisting arrest
physical efforts to oppose a lawful arrest; the resistance is classified as assault and battery upon the person of the police officer attempting to make the arrest
Type of:
assault
a threatened or attempted physical attack by someone who appears to be able to cause bodily harm if not stopped

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