batter


batter

verb (used with object)

  1. to beat persistently or hard; pound repeatedly.
  2. to damage by beating or hard usage: Rough roads had battered the car. High winds were battering the coast.

verb (used without object)

  1. to deal heavy, repeated blows; pound steadily: continuing to batter at the front door.

noun

  1. Printing.
    1. a damaged area on the face of type or plate.
    2. the resulting defect in print.

noun

  1. a mixture of flour, milk or water, eggs, etc., beaten together for use in cookery.

verb (used with object)

  1. to coat with batter.

noun

  1. a player who swings a bat or whose turn it is to bat, as in baseball or cricket.

verb (used without object)

  1. (of the face of a wall or the like) to slope backward and upward.

noun

  1. a backward and upward slope of the face of a wall or the like.

verb

  1. to hit (someone or something) repeatedly using heavy blows, as with a club or other heavy instrument; beat heavily
  2. (tr; often passive) to damage or injure, as by blows, heavy wear, etc
  3. (tr) social welfare to subject (a person, esp a close relative living in the same house) to repeated physical violence
  4. (tr) to subject (a person, opinion, or theory) to harsh criticism; attack

noun

  1. a mixture of flour, eggs, and milk, used to make cakes, pancakes, etc, and to coat certain foods before frying

noun

  1. sport a player who bats

noun

  1. the slope of the face of a wall that recedes gradually backwards and upwards

verb

  1. (intr) to have such a slope

noun

  1. a spree or debauch
v.

“strike repeatedly, beat violently and rapidly,” early 14c., from Old French batre “to beat, strike” (11c., Modern French battre “to beat, to strike”), from Latin battuere “to beat, strike,” an old word in Latin, but almost certainly borrowed from Gaulish, from PIE root *bhau- “to strike” (cf. Welsh bathu “beat;” Old English beadu “battle,” beatan “to beat,” bytl “hammer, mallet”). Began to be widely used 1962 in reference to domestic abuse. Related: Battered; battering. Battering-ram is an ancient weapon (Latin aries), but the word attested only from 1610s.

n.

“flour, eggs, and milk beaten together,” late 14c., from Old French batteure “a beating,” from Latin battuere “to beat, knock” (see batter (v.)).

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