battery etymology

English word battery comes from Proto-Indo-European *bū-, Proto-Indo-European *bhau(t)-, and later Old French (842-ca. 1400) batre (To beat; to hit; to strike.)

Detailed word origin of battery

Dictionary entryLanguageDefinition
*bū- Proto-Indo-European (ine-pro)
*bhau(t)- Proto-Indo-European (ine-pro)
battuere Latin (lat)
batto Latin (lat)
battō Late Latin (LL)
batto Late Latin (LL)
battere Late Latin (LL)
batre Old French (842-ca. 1400) (fro) To beat; to hit; to strike.
baterie Old French (842-ca. 1400) (fro) Action of beating.
batterie Middle French (ca. 1400-1600) (frm) Battery (ensemble of artillery).
battery English (eng) (baseball) The catcher and the pitcher together. (chess) Two or more major pieces on the same rank, file, or diagonal. (electronics) A device used to power electric devices, consisting of a set of electrically connected electrochemical or electrostatic cells.. (historical, archaic) An elevated platform on which cannon could be placed.. (legal) Act of inflicting unlawful physical violence to [...]

Words with the same origin as battery

Descendants of *bū-
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