from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- transitive v. To lessen the force or intensity of; moderate: "To his dying day he bated his breath a little when he told the story” ( George Eliot). See Usage Note at bait1.
- transitive v. To take away; subtract.
- intransitive v. To flap the wings wildly or frantically. Used of a falcon.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. To reduce the force of something; to abate.
- v. To restrain, usually with the sense of being in anticipation; as, with bated breath.
- v. To cut off, remove, take away.
- v. To leave out, except, bar.
- n. Strife; contention.
- v. To contend or strive with blows or arguments.
- v. Of a falcon: To flap the wings vigorously.
- n. An alkaline lye which neutralizes the effect of the previous application of lime, and makes hides supple in the process of tanning.
- n. A vat which contains this liquid.
- v. To soak leather so as to remove chemicals used in tanning; to steep in bate.
- v. To masturbate.
- v. Simple past of beat; = beat.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. Strife; contention.
- transitive v. To lessen by retrenching, deducting, or reducing; to abate; to beat down; to lower.
- transitive v. To allow by way of abatement or deduction.
- transitive v. To leave out; to except.
- transitive v. To remove.
- transitive v. To deprive of.
- intransitive v. To remit or retrench a part; -- with of.
- intransitive v. To waste away.
- transitive v. To attack; to bait.
- imp. of bite.
- intransitive v. To flutter as a hawk; to bait.
- n. See 2d bath.
- n. An alkaline solution consisting of the dung of certain animals; -- employed in the preparation of hides; grainer.
- transitive v. To steep in bate, as hides, in the manufacture of leather.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To beat: in the phrase to bate the wings, to flutter, fly.
- In falconry, to beat the wings impatiently; flutter as preparing for flight, particularly at the sight of prey; flutter away.
- To flutter; be eager or restless.
- To flutter or fly down.
- To beat down or away; remove by beating.
- To beat back, or blunt.
- To weaken; impair the strength of.
- To lessen or decrease in amount, weight, estimation, etc.; lower; reduce.
- To strike off; deduct; abate.
- To lessen in force or intensity; moderate; diminish: as, to bate one's breath, or with bated breath (see phrases, below); to bate one's or a person's curiosity.
- To rob or deprive of.
- To leave out; except; bar.
- To decrease or fall away in size, amount, force, estimate, etc.
- To contend; strive; quarrel.
- n. Contention; strife; debate.
- n. Obsolete and less correct spelling of bait.
- To steep, as a hide, in an alkaline lye. See bate, n.
- In jute-manuf., to separate (the raw material) into layers, and then soften by sprinkling with oil and water.
- n. The alkaline solution in which hides are steeped after being limed, in order to remove or neutralize the lime.
- n. Obsolete or dialectal preterit of bite.
- n. The grain of wood or stone.
- n. Same as bath.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. soak in a special solution to soften and remove chemicals used in previous treatments
- v. moderate or restrain; lessen the force of
- v. flap the wings wildly or frantically; used of falcons
Middle English baten, short for abaten; see abate.
Middle English baten, from Old French batre, to beat; see batter1.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Aphetic from abate. (Wiktionary)
From Swedish beta ("maceration, tanning") (Wiktionary)
Formed by analogy with eat → ate, with which it shares an analogous past participle (eaten → beaten). (Wiktionary)