The direct translation I found for "batería" is "battery" (makes sense), but in a list of musical instruments, what does it signify? Is it drums? Percussion?
Yes, you are right, it is "(the) drums", "set of drums" or "a drum kit"
The direct translation I found for "batería" is "battery" (makes sense)
Why does it make sense? Is it because batería sounds like
battery? That wouldn't merit any sense; comparing it to the English sound.
It makes sense that
batería would mean drums because the verb
to beat, which can also mean to
strike... as in to strike a match. Batería literally would mean a striker (to an engine, to the drums, to a person, etc...)
According to RAE
So, ... now it makes sense that batería would mean battery, not because they sound similar but because they both stem from the same root latin word.
You can also have a baseball bat, but it is not the same as a vampire bat; a creature that doesn't beat anything... other than its wings maybe.