\ ˈbach \

Definition of batch 

(Entry 1 of 3)

1 : the quantity baked at one time : baking

2a : the quantity of material prepared or required for one operation specifically : a mixture of raw materials ready for fusion into glass

b : the quantity produced at one operation

c : 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

3 : a quantity (as of persons or things) considered as a group


verb (1)
batched; batching; batches

Definition of batch (Entry 2 of 3)

transitive verb

: to bring together or process as a batch


verb (2)

less common spelling of

intransitive verb

: to live as a bachelor often used with it

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Other words from batch

Verb (1)

batcher noun

Examples of batch in a Sentence


We baked two batches of cookies. a fresh batch of salsa mixing another batch of cement They're hiring another batch of workers.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

In fact, the tradition came about as Joanna was trying to perfect her recipe for her Magnolia Table cookbook and needed a group of regular taste testers to try to latest batch. Jessica Leigh Mattern, Country Living, "10 of Chip and Joanna Gaines' Sweetest Family Traditions You’ll Want to Copy ASAP," 9 July 2018 Cook cutlets in about two or three batches to not overcrowd the pan. Jennifer Rude Klett, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Meat & greet: It’s time to restore the butcher shop tradition," 5 June 2018 There’s are two batches in particular that are the subject of the recall, which were distributed across the country from February 2017 to February 2018. Korin Miller, SELF, "Naloxone, the Drug That Can Reverse Opioid Overdoses, Has Been Recalled," 5 June 2018 Chirico’s spring fundraising came in two batches, according to campaign finance records. Erin Hegarty, Naperville Sun, "Naperville Mayor Chirico adds more than $45,000 to campaign trove, signaling possible bid for re-election," 5 May 2018 Frying the cutlets in two batches can help ensure an evenly golden crust on all of them. Becky Krystal, charlotteobserver, "Breaded chicken cutlets that can go in (or on) just about anything | Charlotte Observer," 1 May 2018 Michigan flew in two batches, both red-eye flights, before touching down for its first day of what should be a rather educational trip. Nick Baumgardner, Detroit Free Press, "Michigan football arrives in Paris for spring trip," 27 Apr. 2018 With notoriously erratic spring weather, the Botanic Garden suggests hedging your bets by sowing seeds in two or three batches staggered a week apart. Robert Mccoppin,, "Snowy weather hits Chicago area, delays start of Cubs' home opener by an hour," 9 Apr. 2018 Portland should expect strong gusty winds in two batches for Saturday with plenty of showers and even the potential for thunderstorms., "Portland Friday weather: Calm before the (wind) storm," 6 Apr. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Florida Hospital has received the state’s approval to add 20 comprehensive medical rehab beds to Winter Park Memorial Hospital, according to the Agency for Health Care Administration’ latest batching cycle decisions. Naseem S. Miller,, "Monday health briefing: Care Spot opens new location; Baldwin Park ER breaks ground; Mothers' Milk Bank turns three," 11 June 2018 Instead, go for a drink that can be partly made in advance, what bartenders call batching. Anne Brockhoff, kansascity, "Distill their hearts: Why craft liquor and weddings are the hottest new pairing | The Kansas City Star," 22 May 2018 Customers can order batched brew, pour over or French pressed. Kellie Hwang, azcentral, "Where to get your caffeine fix in Phoenix when Starbucks stores close on May 29," 28 May 2018 This drink is easy to batch and store chilled and then just poured over fresh ice. Katie Chang, Town & Country, "The Fascinating History of the Moscow Mule," 7 Oct. 2016 Bonus: it can be batched ahead of time, which helps keep the bar line moving. Anne Brockhoff, kansascity, "Distill their hearts: Why craft liquor and weddings are the hottest new pairing | The Kansas City Star," 22 May 2018 Another option is to write out the instructions on a chalk or dry erase board, or on a piece of paper in a picture frame, and to let your guests serve themselves from your pre-batched pitcher. Emily Spicer, San Antonio Express-News, "Mint julep meets a black Manhattan with delish results," 2 May 2018 NEW Barefoot Moscato Spritzer 2 oz. lemonade 1/4 oz. strawberry simple syrup Above ingredients can be batched or poured over ice. For Kentucky Derby Festival, The Courier-Journal, "Make these classic Kentucky Derby Festival cocktails at home," 18 Apr. 2018 Each pull request—a group of changes batched together representing a new feature, a bug fix, or similar—is a request to merge some changes into the main branch, with those changes merged into the most recent version of the main branch. Peter Bright, Ars Technica, "Building Windows: 4 million commits, 10 million work items," 12 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of batch


15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb (1)

1863, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for batch


Middle English bache; akin to Old English bacan to bake

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English Language Learners Definition of batch

: an amount of something that is made at one time

: a group of people or things

computers : a set of jobs that a computer does together at one time


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Kids Definition of batch

1 : an amount used or made at one time a batch of cookies

2 : a group of persons or things a batch of presents

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