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batter

play
verb bat·ter \ˈba-tər\

Definition of batter

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 a :  to beat with successive blows so as to bruise, shatter, or demolish b :  bombard

  3. 2 :  to subject to strong, overwhelming, or repeated attack <battered by forces of change>

  4. 3 :  to wear or damage by hard usage or blows <a battered old hat>

  5. intransitive verb
  6. :  to strike heavily and repeatedly :  beat

bat·ter·er play \-tər-ər\ noun


Origin of batter

Middle English bateren, probably frequentative of batten to bat, from bat


First Known Use: 14th century

Synonym Discussion of batter

maim, cripple, mutilate, batter, mangle mean to injure so severely as to cause lasting damage. maim implies the loss or injury of a bodily member through violence <maimed by a shark>. cripple implies the loss or serious impairment of an arm or leg <crippled for life in an accident>. mutilate implies the cutting off or removal of an essential part of a person or thing thereby impairing its completeness, beauty, or function <a tree mutilated by inept pruning>. batter implies a series of blows that bruise deeply, deform, or mutilate <an old ship battered by fierce storms>. mangle implies a tearing or crushing that leaves deep wounds <a soldier's leg mangled by shrapnel>.

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batter

noun bat·ter

Definition of batter

  1. 1 a :  a mixture consisting chiefly of flour, egg, and milk or water and being thin enough to pour or drop from a spoon b :  a mixture (as of flour and egg) used as a coating for food that is to be fried

  2. 2 :  an instance of battering



Origin of batter

Middle English bater, probably from bateren


First Known Use: 14th century


3

batter

verb bat·ter

Definition of batter

  1. transitive verb
  2. :  to coat (food) with batter for frying



1973

First Known Use of batter

1973


4

batter

noun bat·ter

Definition of batter

  1. :  a receding upward slope of the outer face of a structure



Origin of batter

origin unknown


First Known Use: 1743

Other Building Terms


5

batter

verb bat·ter

Definition of batter

  1. transitive verb
  2. :  to give a receding upward slope to (as a wall)



Circa 1882

First Known Use of batter

circa 1882

Other Building Terms


6

batter

noun bat·ter

Definition of batter

  1. :  one that bats; especially :  the player whose turn it is to bat



1773

First Known Use of batter

1773

Other Baseball Terms




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