In the criminal law and law of torts, with reference to assault and battery, this term includes any unlawful physical violence offered to another. See BATTERY. In other connections, it is understood in a more restricted sense, and includes only the infliction of one or more blows. Regina v. Hale, 2 Car. & K. 327; Com. v. McClellan, 101 Mass. 35; State v. Harrigan, 4 Penne- will (Del.) 129, 55 Atl. 5.