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It was more like abduction complicated with assault and battery.

The battery, about thirty sappers and half the 35th Sikhs, were returning to camp.

Thus the battery was left with no other escort than thirty sappers.

To indicate the effect, he included a galvanometer in the circuit of the battery and the button.

This battery was from his native city, and in it he had many friends.

I'm carrying orders to Fisher's battery, down here by the cross-roads.

I asked, and he said the three regiments had, though not the battery.

He told his story, did Blake, before a battery of hostile eyes.

They got to the Chteau before a British battery opened fire on them.

I've got a new idea for a battery, and I made an experimental one.

WORD ORIGIN

1530s, "action of battering," from Middle French batterie, from Old French baterie (12c.) "beating, thrashing, assault," from batre "beat," from Latin battuere "beat" (see batter (v.)).

Meaning shifted in Middle French from "bombardment" ("heavy blows" upon city walls or fortresses) to "unit of artillery" (a sense recorded in English from 1550s). Extension to "electrical cell" (1748, first used by Ben Franklin) is perhaps from the artillery sense via notion of "discharges" of electricity. In Middle English, bateri meant only "forged metal ware." In obsolete baseball jargon battery was the word for "pitcher and catcher" considered as a unit (1867, originally only the pitcher).

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