What does the word battery mean?

Usage examples for battery

  1. But Mrs. Yorke opened such a battery. – Shirley by Charlotte Brontë
  2. I said it meant Fisher's battery hurrying to the front. – The Cavalier by George Washington Cable
  3. It wouldn'tdo to be pinched for assault and battery only a fortnight before election. – The Mayor of Warwick by Herbert M. Hopkins