bat·​ting | \ ˈba-tiŋ \

Definition of batting

1a : the action of one who bats
b : the use of or ability with a bat
2 : layers or sheets of raw cotton or wool or of synthetic fibrous material used for lining quilts or for stuffing or packaging also : a blanket of thermal insulation (such as fiberglass)

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In discussing the infield shifts of today, for example, the author harks back to the advice Ty Cobb gave Ted Williams in 1946 on how the latter should adapt his batting against the shift. Paul Dickson, WSJ, "‘Power Ball’ Review: Diamond Science," 11 Oct. 2018 The guy serving batting practice pitches that night in Lansing, Mich., had more luck keeping him in the ballpark than the pitchers in the league. Dom Amore,, "Wethersfield's Ryan Costello Slugging His Way Through The Minor Leagues," 14 July 2018 This batting benchmark has become chimerical like Bigfoot or the Loch Ness Monster. Christopher L. Gasper,, "The Lions in the Super Bowl, a .400 hitter in a season, and other sports dreams I’d like to see become reality," 14 July 2018 Welcome to Maryland’s closest thing to a baseball city: Ripken Stadium may be the centerpiece, but there’s also Ripken Academy, complete with eight more baseball diamonds as well as pitching and batting practice tunnels. Chris Kaltenbach,, "A guide to visiting all of Maryland's minor league ballparks," 10 July 2018 Among those with 200 or more at-bats, the Rays’ Wilson Ramos, voted the AL starter, is the only one batting near .300. Maria Torres, kansascity, "For sixth straight year, Salvador Perez will represent the Royals at the All-Star game," 8 July 2018 However, Kulick has been making valuable batting and pitching contributions on varsity the past two seasons. Kyle Stackpole, Howard County Times, "Marriotts Ridge junior Josh Olsufka captures baseball Player of the Year," 20 June 2018 Loaded: 0% Progress: 0% 0:00 / 0:58 Watch Rangers shortstop Elvis Andrus take live batting practice Advertisement Elvis Andrus plans to return to the Texas Rangers’ lineup June 18. Jeff Wilson, star-telegram, "Rangers Reaction: Is Choo playing his way onto the trading block?," 8 June 2018 His batting numbers have already begun to dip, and his pitching performance could easily fall off as well. Alex Putterman, The Atlantic, "Shohei Ohtani Is Proving Himself Already," 5 June 2018

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First Known Use of batting

1611, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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bat·​ting | \ ˈba-tiŋ \

Kids Definition of batting

: sheets of soft material (as cotton or wool) used mostly for stuffing quilts or packaging goods

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