Also called: batt cotton or woollen wadding used in quilts, mattresses, etc
- the action of a person or team that hits with a bat, esp in cricket or baseball
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- the act or manner of using a bat in a game of ball.
- Textilescotton, wool, or synthetic fibers in batts or sheets, used as filling for quilts or bedcovers.
- bat1 + -ing1 1605–15
- Sporta club used in certain games, as baseball, to strike the ball.
- a heavy stick or cudgel.
- [~ + object] to strike or hit with or as if with a bat.
- [no object] to take one's turn as a batter.
- Idiomsgo to bat for, [~ + object] Informal. to help by speaking or acting in favor of.
bat2 /bæt/USA pronunciation n. [countable]
- Mammalsa flying nocturnal mammal,often the size of a mouse.
bat3 /bæt/USA pronunciation v. [~ + object], bat•ted, bat•ting.
- to wink or flutter:batted her eyelashes.
- Idiomsnot bat an eye, to show no emotion:didn't bat an eye when I told her about the murder.
- -bat- comes from Latin, where it means "beat, fight.'' This meaning is found in such words as: battalion, batten, battle, combat.
- the wooden club used in certain games, as baseball and cricket, to strike the ball.
- a racket, esp. one used in badminton or table tennis.
- a whip used by a jockey.
- the act of using a club or racket in a game.
- the right or turn to use a club or racket.
- a heavy stick, club, or cudgel.
- [Informal.]a blow, as with a bat.
- any fragment of brick or hardened clay.
- [Masonry.]a brick cut transversely so as to leave one end whole.
- British Termsspeed;
rate of motion or progress, esp. the pace of the stroke or step of a race.
- Slang Termsa spree;
binge:to go on a bat.
- a sheet of gelatin or glue used in bat printing.
- a slab of moist clay.
- a ledge or shelf in a kiln.
- a slab of plaster for holding a piece being modeled or for absorbing excess water from slip.
- at bat, [Baseball.]
- taking one's turn to bat in a game:at bat with two men in scoring position.
- an instance at bat officially charged to a batter except when the batter is hit by a pitch, receives a base on balls, is interfered with by the catcher, or makes a sacrifice hit or sacrifice fly:two hits in three at bats.
- Idiomsgo to bat for, [Informal.]to intercede for;
defend:to go to bat for a friend.
- right off the bat, [Informal.]at once;
without delay:They asked me to sing right off the bat.
- to strike or hit with or as if with a bat or club.
- Sport[Baseball.]to have a batting average of;
hit:He batted .325 in spring training.
- to strike at the ball with the bat.
- to take one's turn as a batter.
- Slang Termsto rush.
- Sportbat around:
- [Slang.]to roam;
- [Informal.]to discuss or ponder;
debate:We batted the idea around.
- Sport[Baseball.]to have every player in the lineup take a turn at bat during a single inning.
- [Slang.]to roam;
- Sportbat in, [Baseball.]to cause (a run) to be scored by getting a hit:He batted in two runs with a double to left.
- bat out, to do, write, produce, etc., hurriedly:I have to bat out a term paper before class.
- Idiomsbat the breeze. See breeze 1 (def. 5).
- Old French batre; see batter1
- Celtic; compare Irish, Scots Gaelic bat, bata staff, cudgel; (verb, verbal) Middle English batten, partly from the noun, nominal, partly
- (noun, nominal) Middle English bat, bot, batte, Old English batt, perh. 1175–1225
- 13.See corresponding entry in Unabridged knock, wallop, swat, smack, sock, slug;
bat2 (bat),USA pronunciation n.
- Mammalsany of numerous flying mammals of the order Chiroptera, of worldwide distribution in tropical and temperate regions, having modified forelimbs that serve as wings and are covered with a membranous skin extending to the hind limbs.
- Idiomsblind as a bat, nearly or completely blind;
having very poor vision:Anyone can tell that he's blind as a bat, but he won't wear glasses.
- Idiomshave bats in one's belfry, [Informal.]to have crazy ideas;
be very peculiar, erratic, or foolish:If you think you can row across the ocean in that boat, you have bats in your belfry.
- Scandinavian; compare dialect, dialectal Swedish natt-blacka
- Scandinavian), Middle English balke for *blake
- Scandinavian; compare dialect, dialectal Swedish natt-batta, variant of Old Swedish natt-bakka night-bat; replacing Middle English bakke (
- apparently 1570–75
bat3 (bat),USA pronunciation v.t., bat•ted, bat•ting.
- to blink;
- Idiomsnot bat an eye, to show no emotion or surprise;
maintain a calm exterior:The murderer didn't bat an eye when the jury announced its verdict of guilty.
- variant of bate2 1605–15
- any of various types of club with a handle, used to hit the ball in certain sports, such as cricket, baseball, or table tennis
- a flat round club with a short handle, resembling a table-tennis bat, used by a man on the ground to guide the pilot of an aircraft when taxiing
- short for batsman
- any stout stick, esp a wooden one
- informal a blow from such a stick
- US Canadian slang a drinking spree; binge
- slang speed; rate; pace: they went at a fair bat
- carry one's bat ⇒ (of an opening batsman) to reach the end of an innings without being dismissed
- off one's own bat ⇒ of one's own accord; without being prompted by someone else
- by one's own unaided efforts
- (transitive) to strike with or as if with a bat
- (intransitive) (of a player or a team) to take a turn at batting
- any placental mammal of the order Chiroptera, being a nocturnal mouselike animal flying with a pair of membranous wings (patagia). The group is divided into the Megachiroptera (fruit bats) and Microchiroptera (insectivorous bats)
- slang an irritating or eccentric woman (esp in the phrase old bat)
- blind as a bat ⇒ having extremely poor eyesight
- have bats in the belfry, have bats in one's belfry ⇒ informal to be mad or eccentric; have strange ideas
- to wink or flutter (one's eyelids)
- not bat an eye, not bat an eyelid ⇒ informal to show no surprise or concern