\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

The Woodstock City Council has approved a request by Reformation Brewery to close Oak and Elm streets downtown to allow underground utility excavation as part of the renovation of 105 Elm St. as a small-batch brewery. David Ibata, ajc, "Woodstock streets to close for brewery work," 13 July 2018 Making one big-batch staple gives a little bit of structure to meals throughout the week, but doesn’t feel as rigid as meal prep. Christine Byrne, SELF, "8 Quick Weekday Meals From 1 Big Batch of Quinoa," 10 July 2018 Slime Making: Teens ages 11 to 18 are invited to a slime making event on Friday, July 13, at 2:30 p.m. Participants will create their own batch of slime. Courant Community, "Community News For The Enfield Edition," 10 July 2018 The investigation into Cordell Hendrex, and the rest of the city’s police department, comes as Las Vegas prepares to release its ninth batch of footage and records related to the shooting, which left 58 dead and hundreds injured. Greg Norman, Fox News, "Las Vegas cop 'froze with fear' as gunman murdered dozens, body camera footage shows," 3 July 2018 The brand Unicorn Snot, best known for their holographic glitter gels, sold out of their first batch of glitter sunscreen in less than three hours. Deanna Pai, Harper's BAZAAR, "Glitter Sunscreen Is Sparkly and Fun—But Is It Ruining the Environment?," 26 June 2018 Last fall the lab, located in the Southern California Marine Institute, successfully bred its first batch of red abalone. Degen Pener, Los Angeles Magazine, "What’s Being Done to Revive L.A.’s Decimated Abalone Population," 22 June 2018 Goose Island’s long-simmering saga began the day after Thanksgiving in 2015, when the brewery released its annual batch of Bourbon County beers. Josh Noel,, "Goose Island wins lawsuit over infected Bourbon County," 14 June 2018 Just weeks before Netflix released its latest batch of episodes of Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, fans learned that that the fourth season, the first half of which dropped on Wednesday, would be the series' last. Hilary Lewis, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Kimmy Schmidt' Final Episodes Will Air in 2019; Movie Still "Very Much Alive"," 31 May 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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