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From Middle French batterie, from Old French baterie (action of beating), from batre (battre), from Latin battuō (beat).


  • (UK) IPA(key): /ˈbætəɹi/, /ˈbætɹi/
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Electrical batteries
A cannon battery

battery (plural batteries)

  1. A coordinated group of electrochemical cells, each of which produces electricity by a chemical reaction between two substances (Wikipedia).
    • 2006, Edwin Black, chapter 1, Internal Combustion[1]:
      But electric vehicles and the batteries that made them run became ensnared in corporate scandals, fraud, and monopolistic corruption that shook the confidence of the nation and inspired automotive upstarts.
  2. (law) The crime or tort of intentionally striking another person.
  3. A coordinated group of artillery.
  4. An array of similar things.
    Schoolchildren take a battery of standard tests to measure their progress.
  5. A set of small cages where hens are kept for the purpose of farming their eggs.
  6. (baseball) The catcher and the pitcher together
  7. (chess) Two or more major pieces on the same rank, file, or diagonal
  8. The state of a firearm when it is possible to be fired.

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