WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2019
batte•ment  (batmənt; Fr. batən),USA pronunciation n., pl.  -ments (-mənts; Fr. -män).USA pronunciation [Ballet.]
  1. Music and Dancea movement in which the dancer lifts one leg to the front, side, or back, and returns it to the supporting leg.
  • French, equivalent. to batt(re) to beat (see bate2) + -ment -ment
  • 1820–30

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