- battery [bat′ər ē]n.pl. batteries [Fr batterie < OFr battre: see BATTER1]1. the act of battering, beating, or pounding2. machinery used in battering3. a group of similar things arranged, connected, or used together; set or series; array [a battery of microphones, a battery of school achievement tests]4. Chiefly Brit. a series of cages or other restrictive compartments used as to confine hens for intensive laying: often used attributively☆ 5. Baseball the pitcher and the catcher6. Elec.a) a connected group of electrochemical cells that store electric charges and generate direct currentb) a single cell of this typec) a similar nuclear, solar, or thermal device that stores and generates electrical energy7. Law any illegal beating or touching of another person, either directly or with an object: see ASSAULT AND BATTERY8. Mil.a) an emplacement for heavy guns or a fortification equipped with such gunsb) a set of heavy guns, rockets, etc.c) the personnel who operate such guns: usually the basic unit of artillery, corresponding to an infantry company9. U.S. Navy a group of guns of the same caliber or used for the same purpose on a warship [an antiaircraft battery]10. Music the percussion instruments of an orchestra——————in batteryin firing position after recovery from the recoil of a previous discharge: said of a heavy gun——————the Batterya park in New York City, at the S tip of Manhattan: 21 acres: also called Battery Park
English World dictionary. V. Neufeldt. 2014.