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batter

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verb bat·ter \ˈba-tər\

Definition of batter

  1. transitive verb
  2. 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>c law :  to commit battery against (someone) :  to offensively touch or use force on a person without the consent of that person < … 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>

  3. 2 :  to subject to strong, overwhelming, or repeated attack <battered by forces of change> <Their confidence was battered by a series of losses.>

  4. 3 :  to wear or damage by hard usage or blows <a battered old hat>

  5. intransitive verb
  6. :  to strike heavily and repeatedly :  beat <flies battered against … the electric-light bulbs — D. B. Chidsey>

batterer

play \ˈba-tər-ər\ noun

Origin and Etymology of batter

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


First Known Use: 14th century

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 bat·ter

Definition of batter

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

Origin and Etymology of batter

Middle English bater, probably from bateren


First Known Use: 14th century


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batter

verb bat·ter

Definition of batter

  1. transitive verb
  2. 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


First Known Use: 1971


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batter

noun bat·ter

Definition of batter

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

Origin and Etymology of batter

origin unknown


First Known Use: 1743

Other Building Terms


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batter

verb bat·ter

Definition of batter

  1. transitive verb
  2. :  to give a receding upward slope to (as a wall)

Origin and Etymology of batter

verbal derivative of 4batter


First Known Use: 14th century

Other Building Terms


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batter

noun bat·ter

Definition of batter

  1. :  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

2bat + 2-er


First Known Use: 1773

Other Baseball Terms



BATTER Defined for Kids

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batter

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verb bat·ter \ˈba-tər\

Definition of batter for Students

battered

battering

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

  2. 2 :  to damage by blows or hard use


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batter

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noun bat·ter

Definition of batter for Students

  1. :  a mixture made chiefly of flour and a liquid that is cooked and eaten <pancake batter>


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batter

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noun bat·ter

Definition of batter for Students

  1. :  the player whose turn it is to bat



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