The definition of a battery is a man-made power cell used to generate electrical energy.
Facts About Batteries
- The battery can be traced back to the nineteenth century, with the invention of the first Voltaic pile by Alessandro Volta.
- A battery will leak when the battery gets too hot, expanding the paste inside the battery, which forces the chemicals in the battery to leak out of the seals of the battery.
- Batteries may also leak if you mix the two types of batteries - standard batteries and alkaline batteries.
An example of a battery is the large, square, power unit housed near the engine of modern cars.
- A battery is defined as a group of military artillery such as heavy guns or rockets.
An example of a battery is a collection of cannons attacking the same target.
A battery that stores electrical charge.
battery definition by Webster's New World
- the act of battering, beating, or pounding
- machinery used in battering
- a group of similar things arranged, connected, or used together; set or series; array: a battery of microphones, a battery of school achievement tests
- Chiefly Brit. a series of cages or other restrictive compartments used as to confine hens for intensive laying: often used attributively
- ☆ Baseball the pitcher and the catcher
- a connected group of electrochemical cells that store electric charges and generate direct current
- a single cell of this type
- a similar nuclear, solar, or thermal device that stores and generates electrical energy
- Law any illegal beating or touching of another person, either directly or with an object
- an emplacement for heavy guns or a fortification equipped with such guns
- a set of heavy guns, rockets, etc.
- the personnel who operate such guns: usually the basic unit of artillery, corresponding to an infantry company
- U.S. Navy a group of guns of the same caliber or used for the same purpose on a warship: an antiaircraft battery
- Music the percussion instruments of an orchestra
Origin: French batterie ; from Old French battre: see batter
battery definition by American Heritage Dictionary
noun pl. bat·ter·ies
- a. The act of beating or pounding.b. Law The unlawful and unwanted touching or striking of one person by another, with the intention of bringing about a harmful or offensive contact.
- a. An emplacement for one or more pieces of artillery.b. A set of guns or other heavy artillery, as on a warship.c. An army artillery unit, corresponding to a company in the infantry.
- a. An array of similar things intended for use together: took a battery of achievement tests.b. An impressive body or group: a battery of political supporters.
- Baseball The pitcher and catcher.
- Music The percussion section of an orchestra.
- Electricity a. Two or more connected cells that produce a direct current by converting chemical energy to electrical energy.b. A single cell, such as a dry cell, that produces an electric current.
Origin: Middle English batri, forged metal ware, from Old French baterie, a beating, from batre, to batter; see batter1.
also Battery Park
battery - Computer Definition
A connected group of (one or more) electrochemical cells that store electric charges and generate direct current (DC) through the conversion of chemical energy into electrical energy. See also common battery, DC, electricity, energy, and local battery.
A storage device that converts chemical energy into electrical energy. Used by the billions each year from tiny hearing aid batteries to units that some day may be 40 feet long (see illustration below), the battery is constructed of positive and negative metal electrodes. When the two electrodes are connected together by a circuit on the outside, a chemical reaction is created inside, and electrons flow from the negative electrode through an electrolyte to the positive electrode creating a voltage difference. The electrolyte material prevents the electrons from flowing until the circuit is completed on the outside. The First Battery Alessandro Volta invented the first battery in 1800 to sustain an electric current. His "voltaic pile" was a stack of cells, each containing a brine-soaked cloth sandwiched between zinc and copper discs. He got the idea from Luigi Galvani, who in the late 1700s generated current from two dissimilar metals joined together by a frog's muscle. Over time, there has been progress! See batteries.
battery - Cultural Definition
A device that produces an electric current (see also current) by harnessing the chemical reactions that take place within its cells.
battery - Legal Definition
battery - Medical Definition
- The act of beating or pounding.
- An array of similar things intended for use together, such as achievement tests.
battery - Phrases/Idioms
battery - Science Definition
Electrons flow from the zinc casing to the carbon rod, lighting the bulb in the process. The zinc casing acts as a negative electrode; the carbon rod acts as a positive electrode. The ammonium chloride paste acts as the electrolyte and the carbon and the manganese dioxide mixture around the carbon rod extends the battery's life.