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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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Verb (1)

batcher noun

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.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Kane County’s first batch of 4,795 doses arrived Dec. 16, and more shipments were to follow. Gloria Casas,, "Elgin’s 2020 in review: coronavirus, Black Lives Matter protests and veterans honored in death," 31 Dec. 2020 Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said last week, when Congress was finishing work on the package, that the first batch of payments could go out at the beginning of the Dec. 28 week. Paul Kiernan, WSJ, "Second Stimulus Checks: When Will the Covid-19 Money Be Delivered?," 28 Dec. 2020 That differs from state guidelines, which allow only frontline health care workers, or staff and residents of nursing homes, to get the first batch of vaccines. Time, "New York State Probes 'Fraudulently Obtained' COVID-19 Vaccines, Criminal Investigation Opened," 28 Dec. 2020 The exchange of a first batch of prisoners, supervised by a joint military committee, took place Friday in the southwestern village of al-Shwayrif, according to the U.N. Support Mission in Libya, or UNSMIL. Samy Magdy, ajc, "UN: Libya’s rivals swap prisoners, part of cease-fire deal," 26 Dec. 2020 The rush started on Dec. 13, when UPS Airlines delivered the first batch of COVID-19 vaccine to Anchorage. Scott Mcmurren, Anchorage Daily News, "Air carriers big and small are helping out with vaccine distribution in Alaska," 26 Dec. 2020 The first batch of coronavirus shots arrived in Singapore on Monday, marking an important step in the city-state’s plan to vaccinate its population and serve as a global hub for distribution of the jabs., "Variant Likely in Germany; Taiwan Finds a Case: Virus Update," 21 Dec. 2020 The first batch went fast, so Bergmann ordered more. Tim Harlow, Star Tribune, "Clayton, Wis., loses beloved fire chief to COVID-19," 20 Dec. 2020 Complicating matters: the first batch of holiday travelers will take off this weekend. Jayme Deerwester, USA TODAY, "Airlines cancel 500+ flights ahead of winter storm as northeast prepares for heavy snow," 17 Dec. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Homolka’s healthy, easy and accessible recipes are configured for busy families on the go in this new title aimed at preparing dishes that are easy to batch out into portions designed to last through the week or to be frozen. Paul Stephen,, "6 new healthy, vegan, plant-based vegetarian and gluten-free cookbooks to kick off the new year," 30 Dec. 2020 Extras like, yes, even more caviar ($75) and batch cocktails ($40) are also on offer. Janelle Bitker,, "48 Bay Area restaurants serving special New Year’s Eve feasts for takeout," 22 Dec. 2020 Most small batch daily cooking requires small portions. Eric Alt, Popular Science, "Best food processor: Chop your way to easy meal prep," 13 Dec. 2020 But many batch mailings like bills, financial statements, and charity updates are also handled this way. Caroline Delbert, Popular Mechanics, "When Will We Actually Know the Results of the Election?," 3 Nov. 2020 The main floor’s dining area currently features two bars, offering draft and canned beers, wines and batch cocktails, like margaritas and sangria. Leeanne Griffin,, "Parkville Market, ‘biggest restaurant in Connecticut’ offers taste of the globe," 18 Aug. 2020 One way to thin out a tight sauce and add volume and flavor is the Argentinian trick of whipping up a salmuera, or batch of salt water. Hugh Garvey, Sunset Magazine, "The Secret to Simple and Summery Salsa Verde. Plus, 12 Easy Recipes," 11 Aug. 2020 And after those samples came back negative, TBT’s organizers used Sell’s modeling of infectious disease risks to determine that play could continue with minimal risk despite the other batch not yet having been analyzed. Eli Cahan, Science | AAAS, "An Olympian-turned-scientist helped a $1 million basketball tournament tip off amid COVID-19," 30 July 2020 In Anchorage, the public laboratory works on STAT testing, meaning a test that needs an answer immediately and cannot wait as long to be batched with a group, Jilly said. Author: Kyle Hopkins, Morgan Krakow, Anchorage Daily News, "Some Alaska patients report long waits to get coronavirus test results — and testing isn’t yet available in many communities," 25 Mar. 2020

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

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Last Updated

14 Jan 2021

Cite this Entry

“Batch.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Jan. 2021.

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How to pronounce batch (audio)

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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