batch


batch

noun

  1. a quantity or number coming at one time or taken together: a batch of prisoners.
  2. the quantity of material prepared or required for one operation: mixing a batch of concrete.
  3. the quantity of bread, cookies, dough, or the like, made at one baking.
  4. Computers.
    1. a group of jobs, data, or programs treated as a unit for computer processing.
    2. batch processing.
  5. Glassmaking.
    1. a quantity of raw materials mixed in proper proportions and prepared for fusion into glass.
    2. the material so mixed.

verb (used with object)

  1. to combine, mix, or process in a batch.

verb (used without object), noun

  1. bach.

noun

  1. a group or set of usually similar objects or people, esp if sent off, handled, or arriving at the same time
  2. the bread, cakes, etc, produced at one baking
  3. the amount of a material needed for an operation
  4. Also called: batch loaf a tall loaf having a close texture and a thick crust on the top and bottom, baked as part of a batch: the sides of each loaf are greased so that they will pull apart after baking to have pale crumby sides; made esp in Scotland and IrelandCompare pan loaf

verb (tr)

  1. to group (items) for efficient processing
  2. to handle by batch processing

verb Australian and NZ informal

  1. (intr) (of a man) to do his own cooking and housekeeping
  2. to live alone
n.

Old English *bæcce “something baked,” from bacan “bake” (see bake (v.)). Batch is to bake as watch (n.) is to wake and match (n.2) “one of a pair” is to make. Extended 1713 to “any quantity produced at one operation.”

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