Definitions from Black's Law Dictionary: 2nd Edition and Ballentine's Law Dictionary as are available for each term in each dictionary.
  • Ballentine's Law Dictionary

    Any injury to the person done in an angry, revengeful, rude or ins'olent manner. See 50 Atl. (Del.) 632.

  • Black's Law Dictionary: 2nd Edition

    Any unlawful beating or other wrongful physical violence or constraint, inflicted on a human being without his consent 2 Bish. Crim. Law, § 71; Good-rum v. State, 60 Ga. 511; Razor v. Kinsey, 55 III. App. 614; Lamb v. State, 67 Md. 524, 10 Atl. 209, 298; Hunt v. People, 53 111. App. 112; Perkins v. Stein, 94 Ky. 433, 22 S. W. 649, 20 L. R. A. 861. And see Beat. A battery is a willful and unlawful use of force or violence upon the person of another. Pen. Code Cal. § 242; Pen. Code Dak. § 306. The actual offer to use force to the injury of another person is assault; the use of it ls battery; hence the two terms are commonly combined in the term "assault and battery."
    —Simple battery. In criminal law and torts. A beating of a person, not accompanied by circumstances of aggravation or not resulting in grievous bodily injury.