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: the quantity baked at one time : baking
: the quantity of material prepared or required for one operation
specifically : a mixture of raw materials ready for fusion into glass
: the quantity produced at one operation
: a group of jobs (such as programs) that are submitted for processing on a computer and whose results are obtained at a later time
batch processing
compare time-sharing
: a quantity (as of persons or things) considered as a group


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verb (1)

batched; batching; batches

transitive verb

: to bring together or process as a batch
batcher noun


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verb (2)

less common spelling of bach

intransitive verb

: to live as a bachelor
often used with it

Examples of batch in a Sentence

Noun We baked two batches of cookies. a fresh batch of salsa mixing another batch of cement They're hiring another batch of workers.
Recent Examples on the Web
This compact cocktail kit, neatly packaged in a copper tin, contains a small batch of bold and spicy ginger syrup developed in-house with ginger, lime concentrate and capsicum for the perfect blend of sweet and spice. Anna Tingley, Variety, 16 Nov. 2023 Repeat, making sure to season each batch, until all the greens are added and wilted. Ali Slagle, San Diego Union-Tribune, 15 Nov. 2023 In the past two years, she’s donated more than 7,000 pounds of produce, including enough tomatoes to make nearly 300 batches of spaghetti sauce, Lauren said. Cathy Free, Washington Post, 14 Nov. 2023 Centuries later, Korean nobility started catching on and would drink batches made from higher-quality rice. WIRED, 14 Nov. 2023 The plan, which Johnson unveiled Saturday, extends federal funding at current levels for one group of agencies and programs through Jan. 19, and a second batch through Feb. 2. Melissa Quinn, CBS News, 14 Nov. 2023 The first four episodes of the season (a second batch will arrive on Dec. 14) explore the lead up to and fallout from the 1997 accident. Sarah Lyall, New York Times, 13 Nov. 2023 The one bite leads to a montage of Garfield devouring the rest of the pie, pasta, a batch of cookies, and breadsticks. Kalia Richardson, Rolling Stone, 13 Nov. 2023 From an eerie look at the Horsehead Nebula to a jaw-dropping portrait of thousands of galaxies in the famous Perseus Cluster, this first batch of images offers a tantalizing taste of what’s to come with this exciting mission. Elizabeth Robinson, NBC News, 8 Nov. 2023
How to build a nonalcoholic bar so everyone feels included Other portables Too busy to batch? M. Carrie Allan, Washington Post, 17 Nov. 2023 The big advantage of a dual batch composting tumbler over a standard composting bin is that the separately rotating barrels let one batch actively process while the other barrel fills with fresh scraps, says Meyers. Ebony Roberts,, 17 Oct. 2023 The Senate is technically still able to take up military nominations through a more labor-intensive process that requires individual rather than batch votes. Allison Pecorin, ABC News, 10 Oct. 2023 Feel free to multiply this recipe to batch this cocktail for a crowd. Kaitlyn Yarborough, Southern Living, 16 July 2023 And to round out the hosting, this frozen negroni, which gets batched ahead of time, is destined to be shared. Nina Moskowitz, Bon Appétit, 29 Aug. 2023 Consistent temps translate directly to golden brown and crispy, even cooking from batch to batch. Nicole Papantoniou, Good Housekeeping, 12 July 2023 The researchers only tested one sample from each brand and the quantity of melatonin may vary from batch to batch, even within a single brand. Claire Bugos, Verywell Health, 2 May 2023 With lab results for each product batch readily available on the website, customers can trust that their purchase is truly CBD-infused without the worry of harmful additives or preservatives - reliable enough to earn them a reputation as one of the leading names in CBD health supplements today. Amber Smith, Discover Magazine, 28 Feb. 2023 See More

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Word History



Middle English bache; akin to Old English bacan to bake

First Known Use


15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb (1)

1863, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of batch was in the 15th century

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Cite this Entry

“Batch.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Dec. 2023.

Kids Definition


: a quantity used or made at one time
a batch of cookies
: a group of jobs to be run on a computer at one time with the same program
batch processing
: a group of persons or things : lot

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