batter

verb (1)
bat·ter | \ˈba-tər \
battered; battering; batters

Definition of batter 

(Entry 1 of 6)

transitive verb

1a : to beat with successive blows so as to bruise, shatter, or demolish battered down the door women who have been battered by their husbands

b : bombard battering targets with artillery fire battering the lawyer with questions

c law : to commit battery against (someone) : to offensively touch or use force on (a person) without the person's consent … was battered and cut badly enough to be hospitalized overnight.— N. R. Kleinfield … studies showing that a woman is at greatest risk of being battered, and even murdered, by her partner when he suspects her of sexual infidelity.— Sharon Begley

2 : to subject to strong, overwhelming, or repeated attack battered by forces of change Their confidence was battered by a series of losses.

3 : to wear or damage by hard usage or blows a battered old hat

intransitive verb

1 : to strike something heavily and repeatedly : beat, pound flies battered against … the electric-light bulbs— D. B. Chidsey

2 law : to commit battery against another : to offensively touch or use force on a person without the person's consent … the personality characteristics and life histories that lead men to batter and kill.— Erica Goode

batter

noun (1)

Definition of batter (Entry 2 of 6)

1a : a mixture consisting chiefly of flour, egg, and milk or water and being thin enough to pour or drop from a spoon thin pancake batter

b : a mixture (as of flour and egg) used as a coating for food that is to be fried dip the chicken in the batter beer batter

2 : an instance of battering (see batter entry 1)

batter

verb (2)
battered; battering; batters

Definition of batter (Entry 3 of 6)

transitive verb

food : to coat with a mixture (as of flour and egg) for frying : to coat (food) with batter (see batter entry 2 sense 1b) fish that has been battered and fried

batter

noun (2)

Definition of batter (Entry 4 of 6)

: a receding upward slope of the outer face of a wall or other structure

batter

verb (3)
battered; battering; batters

Definition of batter (Entry 5 of 6)

transitive verb

: to give a receding upward slope to (something, such as a wall)

batter

noun (3)

Definition of batter (Entry 6 of 6)

: one that strikes or hits a ball with a bat especially : the player whose turn it is to bat The pitcher walked the first batter.

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Other Words from batter

Verb (1)

batterer \ˈba-tər-ər \ noun

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Verb (1)

maim, cripple, mutilate, batter, mangle mean to injure so severely as to cause lasting damage. maim implies the loss or injury of a bodily member through violence. maimed by a shark cripple implies the loss or serious impairment of an arm or leg. crippled for life in an accident mutilate implies the cutting off or removal of an essential part of a person or thing thereby impairing its completeness, beauty, or function. a tree mutilated by inept pruning batter implies a series of blows that bruise deeply, deform, or mutilate. an old ship battered by fierce storms mangle implies a tearing or crushing that leaves deep wounds. a soldier's leg mangled by shrapnel

First Known Use of batter

Verb (1)

14th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1a

Noun (1)

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Verb (2)

1971, in the meaning defined above

Noun (2)

1743, in the meaning defined above

Verb (3)

14th century, in the meaning defined above

Noun (3)

1773, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for batter

Verb (1)

Middle English bateren, probably frequentative of batten to bat, from bat

Noun (1)

Middle English bater, probably from bateren

Verb (2)

verbal derivative of batter entry 2

Noun (2)

origin unknown

Verb (3)

verbal derivative of batter entry 4

Noun (3)

bat entry 2 + -er entry 2

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Phrases Related to batter

batter down

take a battering

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21 Aug 2018

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More Definitions for batter

batter

verb
bat·ter | \ˈba-tər \
battered; battering

Kids Definition of batter

 (Entry 1 of 3)

1 : to beat with repeated violent blows Waves battered the shore.

2 : to damage by blows or hard use

batter

noun

Kids Definition of batter (Entry 2 of 3)

: a mixture made chiefly of flour and a liquid that is cooked and eaten pancake batter

batter

noun

Kids Definition of batter (Entry 3 of 3)

: the player whose turn it is to bat

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