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bat

noun \ ˈbat \

Definition of bat

1 :a stout solid stick :club
2 :a sharp blow :stroke
3 a :a usually wooden implement used for hitting the ball in various games
b :a paddle used in various games (such as table tennis)
c :the short whip used by a jockey
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 :batt
6 British :rate of speed :gait
7 :binge
off one's own bat
chiefly British :through one's own efforts
off the bat
:without delay :immediately
  • recognized him right off the bat

Origin and Etymology of bat

Middle English, from Old English batt

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bat

verb

Definition of bat

batted; batting
transitive verb
1 :to strike or hit with or as if with a bat
2 a :to advance (a base runner) by batting
b :to have a batting average of
3 :to discuss at length :consider in detail
intransitive verb
1 a :to strike or hit a ball with a bat
b :to take one's turn at bat
2 :to wander aimlessly

First Known Use of bat

13th century


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bat

noun

Definition of bat

: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

Other Mammals Terms


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bat

verb

Definition of bat

batted; batting
transitive verb
: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

BAT

abbreviation

Definition of BAT

bachelor of arts in teaching

British Definition of BAT

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bat

noun

British Definition of bat

:rate of speed :gait
off one's own bat
:through one's own efforts
off the bat

BAT Defined for Kids

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bat

noun \ ˈbat \

Definition of bat for Students

1 :a sharp blow or slap
  • a bat on the ear
2 :an implement used for hitting the ball in various games a baseball bat
3 :a turn at batting
  • You're next at bat.

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bat

verb

Definition of bat for Students

batted; batting
1 :to strike with or as if with a bat The cat batted at the tablecloth's tassels.
2 :to take a turn at bat
  • Have you batted yet?

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bat

noun

Definition of bat for Students

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

Medical Dictionary

bat

noun \ ˈbat \

medical Definition of bat

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


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