American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- 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.
- v. To take away; subtract.
- v. To flap the wings wildly or frantically. Used of a falcon.
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.
- n. Strife; contention.
- v. intransitive To contend or strive with blows or arguments.
- v. intransitive, falconry Of a falcon: To flap the wings vigorously.
- v. nonstandard Simple past of beat; = beat.
- 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. transitive To soak leather so as to remove chemicals used in tanning; to steep in bate.
- v. intransitive, slang To masturbate.
- v. transitive To reduce the force of something; to abate.
- v. transitive To restrain, usually with the sense of being in anticipation; as, with bated breath.
- v. transitive, figuratively To cut off, remove, take away.
- v. archaic, transitive To leave out, except, bar.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. obsolete Strife; contention.
- v. To lessen by retrenching, deducting, or reducing; to abate; to beat down; to lower.
- v. To allow by way of abatement or deduction.
- v. obsolete To leave out; to except.
- v. obsolete To remove.
- v. obsolete To deprive of.
- v. To remit or retrench a part; -- with
- v. obsolete To waste away.
- v. obsolete To attack; to bait.
- obsolete imp. of bite.
- v. obsolete To flutter as a hawk; to bait.
- n. (Jewish Antiq.) See 2d bath.
- n. An alkaline solution consisting of the dung of certain animals; -- employed in the preparation of hides; grainer.
- v. To steep in bate, as hides, in the manufacture of leather.
- 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
- Formed by analogy with eat → ate, with which it shares an analogous past participle (eaten → beaten). (Wiktionary)
- 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)
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