noun (plural -teries) Etymology: Anglo-French baterie, from batre to beat, from Latin battuere Date: 1531 1. a. the act of battering or beating b. an offensive touching or use of force on a person without the person's consentcompare assault 2a 2. [Middle French batterie, from battre to beat] a. a grouping of artillery pieces for tactical purposes b. the guns of a warship 3. an artillery unit in the army equivalent to a company 4. a. a combination of apparatus for producing a single electrical effect b. a group of two or more cells connected together to furnish electric current; also a single cell that furnishes electric current <
a flashlight battery
c. plural level of energy or enthusiasm <
needs a vacation to recharge her batteries
5. a. a number of similar articles, items, or devices arranged, connected, or used together ; set, series <
a battery of tests
b. a usually impressive or imposing group ; array 6. the position of readiness of a gun for firing 7. the pitcher and catcher of a baseball team

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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