noun (plural batteries)
- 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.
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 battery (sense 1) developed. The general meaning 'a set or series of similar units' (battery (sense 3)) dates from the late 19th century