battement

noun
bat·te·ment | \ˌbat-ˈmäⁿ \

Definition of battement 

: a ballet movement in which the foot is extended in any direction usually followed by a beat against the supporting foot

First Known Use of battement

1802, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for battement

French, from battre to beat, from Latin battuere

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