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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Sports The player at bat in cricket and baseball.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A player of the batting side now on the field
  • n. The player now receiving strike; the striker
  • n. Any player selected for his or her team principally to bat, as opposed to a bowler

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The one who wields the bat in cricket, baseball, etc.; in baseball, the batsman is usually called the batter.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. One who wields the bat in base-ball, cricket, and similar games; a batter.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. (baseball) a ballplayer who is batting

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  • "...And a ghostly batsman plays to the bowling of a ghost / And I look through my tears on a soundless-clapping host..." - Francis Thompson, At Lord's

    This passage from Thompson's poem always jangles me into dearest memories of Roy Harper's wonderfully melancholy song so reminiscent of a former time: When an old Cricketer Leaves the Crease. One can listen to the 1970's album version right here, right now.

    September 25, 2009