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batter

play
verb bat·ter \ ˈba-tər \

Definition of batter

transitive verb
1 a :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

batterer

play \ˈba-tər-ər\ noun

Origin and Etymology of batter

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

Synonym Discussion of batter

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

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batter

noun

Definition of batter

1 a :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 1batter)

Origin and Etymology of batter

Middle English bater, probably from bateren


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batter

verb

Definition of batter

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

Origin and Etymology of batter

verbal derivative of 2batter


4

batter

noun

Definition of batter

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

Origin and Etymology of batter

origin unknown

Other Building Terms


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batter

verb

Definition of batter

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

Origin and Etymology of batter

verbal derivative of 4batter

Other Building Terms


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batter

noun

Definition of batter

: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.

Origin and Etymology of batter

Other Baseball Terms



BATTER Defined for Kids

1

batter

play
verb bat·ter \ ˈba-tər \

Definition of batter for Students

battered; battering
1 :to beat with repeated violent blows
  • Waves battered the shore.
2 :to damage by blows or hard use

2

batter

noun

Definition of batter for Students

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

3

batter

noun

Definition of batter for Students

:the player whose turn it is to bat


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