Definitions of battery

  1. 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"
  2. group of guns or missile launchers operated together at one place
  3. an assault in which the assailant makes physical contact
  4. a device that produces electricity; may have several primary or secondary cells arranged in parallel or series
  5. a series of stamps operated in one mortar for crushing ores
  6. a collection of related things intended for use together; " took a battery of achievement tests"
  7. a unit composed of the pitcher and catcher
  8. The act of battering or beating.
  9. 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.
  10. Any place where cannon or mortars are mounted, for attack or defense.
  11. Two or more pieces of artillery in the field.
  12. 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.
  13. A number of coated jars ( Leyden jars) so connected that they may be charged and discharged simultaneously.
  14. An apparatus for generating voltaic electricity.
  15. 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.
  16. A series of stamps operated by one motive power, for crushing ores containing the precious metals.
  17. The box in which the stamps for crushing ore play up and down.
  18. The pitcher and catcher together.
  19. A crime consisting of physical contact that is intended to harm someone. Unintentional harmful contact is not battery, no mater how careless the behavior or how severe the injury. A fist fight is a common battery; being hit by a wild pitch in a baseball game is not.
  20. The act of beating another; as, in law, assault and battery; a number of large guns with their accompaniment of officers, men, and equipments, for field operations; any raised work where guns are mounted and gunners protected; an apparatus for producing electricity.
  21. An apparatus for the generation of galvanic electricity by chemical action; it may consist of one cell or of any number of cells connected in a series.
  22. A number of cannon with their equipment: the place on which cannon are mounted: the men and horses attending a battery: an instrument used in electric and galvanic experiments: ( law) an assault by beating or wounding.
  23. The act of beating; a line of cannon; the place on which cannon are mounted; an electrical apparatus.
  24. ( 1) An earthwork enclosing cannon. ( 2) A company of artillerymen or their guns and other equipment.
  25. Elec. A group of cells, dynamos, etc.
  26. The unlawful use of force by one person upon another.
  27. An instrument for battering or attack; a certain number of cannon for the field, their equipment, and the artillerymen; the men of a battery; a raised work on which cannon are placed, usually protected by a parapet, to screen the gunners; the unlawful beating or even touching of another; a number of coated jars placed in such a manner that they may be charged at the same time, and discharged in the same manner; a pile or series of plates of copper and zinc, or of any substances susceptible of galvanic action.
  28. In mil., a parapet or wall breast high, thrown up to protect the gunners and others, or as a position for guns; any number of guns and mortars ranged in order for firing; an apparatus for generating the electric fluid : masked- battery, a battery screened from the sight of the enemy by any contrivance.

Usage examples for battery

  1. Up to now the Battery had worked without coming under any serious fire. – Between the Lines by Boyd Cable
  2. Mr. Talboys gave Mr. Fountain a look, and very soon began to play his battery upon David. – Love Me Little, Love Me Long by Charles Reade Edition: 10 Language: English
  3. It came at about two o'clock in the morning and of all places, near the Battery itself. – The Dream Doctor by Arthur B. Reeve
  4. And that battery when in action, must have been truly terrible. – The Crisis, Complete by Winston Churchill Last Updated: March 6, 2009
  5. Why is it the Battery – Sunny Boy in the Big City by Ramy Allison White
  6. This is really happening, down near the Battery in New York City. – Prologue to an Analogue by Leigh Richmond
  7. Captain Morrison's battery of the Third New York Artillery had three men wounded, and lost the same number of horses. – Kinston, Whitehall and Goldsboro (North Carolina) expedition, December, 1862 by W. W. Howe
  8. However, when the sixty Gun Ship went in against the Battery that the Enemy was obliged to bring their Guns to fire at her, the Army cooled in their Resentments, and all was well, while the Enemy was quiet. – An Account of the expedition to Carthagena, with explanatory notes and observations by Sir Charles Knowles
  9. The dawn of the 4th of March was saluted by the guns at the Battery in New York and by the ringing of church bells. – Union and Democracy by Allen Johnson
  10. But first one was struck, then another and another, and there appeared every probability that the battery would be overwhelmed. – The Three Commanders by W.H.G. Kingston
  11. Can he play that battery of instruments? – The Rustler of Wind River by G. W. Ogden
  12. " Quick, to the Battery they'll need every man to- night, they'll-" Then he sank back into his chair. – Frenzied Fiction by Stephen Leacock
  13. An officer discovered that a battery on the shore of the harbor was apparently vacant. – The Little Book of the Flag by Eva March Tappan
  14. With one wild bound I leapt forward, and, hardly knowing what I did, I pressed the button, turned off the current from the battery and rushed wildly upon him. – Recalled to Life by Grant Allen
  15. Sheaffe's despatch to Sir George Prevost, that it was " in the western battery – Toronto of Old by Henry Scadding
  16. You should hear the men talk of that battery – With Rimington by L. March Phillipps
  17. There, he discovered the second battery of tubes had ceased firing about a minute after the first. – Deepfreeze by Robert Donald Locke
  18. I haven't seen a Grimsley outfit since '61. Grimsley it is, said the veteran captain of the light battery – A Trooper Galahad by Charles King
  19. Your father used to be in charge of a battery there, and I was an officer in the same brigade. – Plays by Chekhov, Second Series On the High Road, The Proposal, The Wedding, The Bear, A Tragedian In Spite of Himself, The Anniversary, The Three Sisters, The Cherry Orchard by Anton Chekhov
  20. It was two days' work to accomplish this, but Frank, who was impatient to see the inside of the fortifications worked with a will, and finally the battery was mounted in its old position. – Frank on the Lower Mississippi by Harry Castlemon