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battery 1

Syllabification: bat·ter·y
Pronunciation: /ˈbadərē/

noun (plural batteries)

1A container consisting of one or more cells, in which chemical energy is converted into electricity and used as a source of power: [as modifier]: battery power
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  • The redox reaction in the battery is the source of the electrical energy; batteries are voltaic cells.
  • If there's no electricity, how do you get the energy to power the batteries for the cameras?
  • The product is advertised to operate using static electricity only and requiring no batteries or other power sources.
storage cell, cell
2A fortified emplacement for heavy guns.
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  • The first fortification was the emplacement of anti-aircraft batteries and machine-guns for defense of the skies.
  • I gritted my teeth and swallowed hard, my thoughts briefly turning to the heavy missile batteries and the people who crewed them.
  • The shore batteries took a heavy toll of the landing craft, particularly at Westkapelle, and supporting armour bogged down in the soft clay.
2.1An artillery subunit of guns, men, and vehicles.
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  • The disappearance of the classical front line required that artillery batteries fight as infantry in the defense of their guns.
  • This consisted of 10 regular and 18 irregular regiments of cavalry, 74 regiments of infantry, and 22 artillery batteries.
  • However, the Panzer Regiment destroyed a motorized column and an artillery battery before the French could withdraw.
emplacement, artillery unit;
cannonry, ordnance
3A set of units of equipment, typically when connected together: a battery of equipment to monitor blood pressure
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  • Rolling to his right, he took cover behind a battery of computer equipment.
  • Today you would need a battery of electronic equipment to measure the difference in noise and vibration between, say, a Focus and a Mondeo.
  • There is also a battery of powerful surveillance and monitoring equipment located inside and on the perimeter wall of Grosvenor Road barracks.
array, series, set, bank, group, row, line, lineup, collection
3.1An extensive series, sequence, or range of things: children given a battery of tests
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  • A battery of neuropsychological tests were also administered by IVR with a standard touch-tone telephone.
  • Children completed a battery of neuropsychological tests in the areas of processing speed, vigilance, and inhibition.
  • In these experiments, test subjects with maladies ranging from severe brain trauma to bipolar disorder undergo a battery of visual tests.
series, sequence, cycle, string, succession
4 Law The crime or tort of unconsented physical contact with another person, even where the contact is not violent but merely menacing or offensive. See also assault and battery.
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  • That would be a criminal action, namely assault (rather than battery which includes physical contact).
  • Kantor has listed three of them in her complaint: assault, battery, and intentional infliction of emotional distress.
  • In most cases of battery or actual bodily harm the causal connection will be plain, but cases involving drugs have presented difficulties.
violence, assault, mugging
5 (the battery) Baseball The pitcher and the catcher in a game, considered as a unit.
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  • I was all excited to report on the fact Philadelphia started an all-Independent Baseball battery yesterday for its Grapefruit League game against Cleveland in Winter Haven, FL.
  • The defensive baseball positions can be divided into three main categories: 1) the battery, 2) infielders, 3) outfielders.
  • By "Clicking On" the pitcher's name you can see their battery mates for all of their starts as well as their shutouts.


Middle English: from French batterie, from battre 'to strike', from Latin battuere. The original sense was 'metal articles wrought by hammering', later 'a number of pieces of artillery used together'; on this was based a sense 'a number of Leyden jars connected up so as to discharge simultaneously' (mid 18th century), from which sense 1 developed. The general meaning 'a set or series of similar units' (sense 3) dates from the late 19th century.

  • The root of battery is Latin battuere ‘to strike, beat’, and originally referred to metal articles shaped with a hammer. The military soon adopted the term to mean a succession of heavy blows inflicted upon the walls of a fortress with artillery, and so it came to have the sense ‘a number of pieces of artillery combining in action’. It is this idea of combining to produce a result that is behind the use in electrical batteries. The original electrical battery was a series of Leyden jars, glass jars with layers of metal foil on the outside and inside, used to store electric charge. Benjamin Franklin (1706–1790) mentioned the device in a letter of 1748. Sir Humphry Davy (1778–1829) developed the later galvanic battery (named after the Italian physicist Luigi Galvani (1737–98), using chemical action to produce electric current, and described it in 1801. An electrical battery is a container with one or more cells, and this no doubt prompted the use of the word for a series of cages for laying hens.

Words that rhyme with battery

cattery, chattery, flattery, tattery
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Battery 2 Syllabification: Bat·tery
Pronunciation: /ˈbadərē/
(the Battery) A historic area at the southern end of Manhattan Island in New York City.
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