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bat

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noun \ˈbat\

Definition of bat

  1. 1 :  a stout solid stick :  club

  2. 2 :  a sharp blow :  stroke

  3. 3 a :  a usually wooden implement used for hitting the ball in various games b :  a paddle used in various games (as table tennis) c :  the short whip used by a jockey

  4. 4 a :  batsman, batter <a right-handed bat> b :  a turn at batting —usually used in the phrase at bat c :  hitting ability <we need his bat in the lineup>

  5. 5 :  batt

  6. 6 British :  rate of speed :  gait

  7. 7 :  binge

off one's own bat

  1. chiefly British :  through one's own efforts

off the bat

  1. :  without delay :  immediately <recognized him right off the bat>



Origin and Etymology of bat

Middle English, from Old English batt


First Known Use: before 12th century


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bat

verb

Definition of bat

batted

batting

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to strike or hit with or as if with a bat

  3. 2 a :  to advance (a base runner) by batting b :  to have a batting average of

  4. 3 :  to discuss at length :  consider in detail

  5. intransitive verb
  6. 1 a :  to strike or hit a ball with a bat b :  to take one's turn at bat

  7. 2 :  to wander aimlessly



13th Century

First Known Use of bat

13th century


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bat

noun

Definition of bat

  1. :  any of a widely distributed order (Chiroptera) of nocturnal usually frugivorous or insectivorous flying mammals that have wings formed from four elongated digits of the forelimb covered by a cutaneous membrane and that have adequate visual capabilities but often rely on echolocation



Origin and Etymology of bat

probably alteration of Middle English bakke, of Scandinavian origin; akin to Old Swedish nattbakka bat


First Known Use: 1580

Other Mammals Terms


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bat

verb

Definition of bat

batted

batting

  1. transitive verb
  2. :  to wink especially in surprise or emotion <never batted an eye>; also :  flutter <batted his eyelashes>



Origin and Etymology of bat

probably alteration of 2bate


First Known Use: circa 1787


BAT

abbreviation

Definition of BAT

  1. bachelor of arts in teaching





BAT Defined for Kids

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bat

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noun \ˈbat\

Definition of bat for Students

  1. 1 :  a sharp blow or slap <a bat on the ear>

  2. 2 :  an implement used for hitting the ball in various games <a baseball bat>

  3. 3 :  a turn at batting <You're next at bat.>




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bat

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verb

Definition of bat for Students

batted

batting

  1. 1 :  to strike with or as if with a bat <The cat batted at the tablecloth's tassels.>

  2. 2 :  to take a turn at bat <Have you batted yet?>




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bat

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noun

Definition of bat for Students

  1. :  any of a group of mammals that fly by means of long front limbs modified into wings




Medical Dictionary

bat

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noun \ˈbat\

Medical Definition of bat

  1. :  any of an order (Chiroptera) of nocturnal placental flying mammals with forelimbs modified to form wings





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