from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- transitive v. To hit heavily and repeatedly with violent blows.
- transitive v. To subject to repeated beatings or physical abuse.
- transitive v. To damage, as by heavy wear.
- intransitive v. To pound repeatedly with heavy blows.
- n. Printing A damaged area on the face of type or on a plate.
- n. Sports The player at bat in baseball and cricket.
- n. A liquid or semiliquid mixture, as of flour, milk, and eggs, used in cooking.
- transitive v. To coat in batter: battered the vegetables and then fried them.
- n. A slope, as of the outer face of a wall, that recedes from bottom to top.
- transitive v. To construct so as to create an upwardly receding slope.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. To hit or strike violently and repeatedly.
- v. To coat with batter (the food ingredient).
- v. To defeat soundly; to thrash
- v. To intoxicate
- n. A beaten mixture of flour and liquid (usually egg and milk), used for baking (e.g. pancakes, cake, or yorkshire pudding) or to coat food (e.g. fish) prior to frying
- n. A binge, a heavy drinking session.
- v. To slope (of walls, buildings etc.).
- n. An incline on the outer face of a built wall.
- n. The person who tries to hit the ball in a sport like baseball.
- n. A batsman.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- transitive v. To beat with successive blows; to beat repeatedly and with violence, so as to bruise, shatter, or demolish.
- transitive v. To wear or impair as if by beating or by hard usage.
- transitive v. To flatten (metal) by hammering, so as to compress it inwardly and spread it outwardly.
- n. A semi-liquid mixture of several ingredients, as, flour, eggs, milk, etc., beaten together and used in cookery.
- n. Paste of clay or loam.
- n. A bruise on the face of a plate or of type in the form.
- n. A backward slope in the face of a wall or of a bank; receding slope.
- intransitive v. To slope gently backward.
- n. The one who wields the bat in baseball; the one whose turn it is at bat; formerly called the batsman.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To beat upon or against; strike with repeated blows; pound violently, as with the fist, a hammer or bludgeon, a battering-ram, cannon-shot, etc.: as, to batter a door for admittance; to batter the walls of a city (with or without effect).
- To bruise, break, or shatter by beating; injure the substance of by blows; pound out of form or condition: as, to batter a person's countenance; a battered wall or tower; to batter type (that is, bruise the face of it).
- In forging, to spread outwardly, as the ends of a metal bar or rod, by hammering; upset.
- To act by beating or striking; use repeated blows; practise pounding: as, to batter away at a door; to batter upon a wall; battering cannon.
- Specifically, to attempt to breach an enemy's works by means of a battery mounted in the third parallel. To batter in breach, a sufficient number of guns should be employed to maintain a practically continuous fire, so as to prevent the enemy from repairing the damage, and to obtain the cumulative effect due to heavy firing against a single point. Breaching is sometimes accomplished by firing simultaneous or alternate volleys from two or more batteries.
- n. A heavy blow.
- n. In printing, a blur or defect in a sheet produced by battered type; a spot showing the broken state of the type.
- n. In ceramics, a mallet used to flatten out wet clay before molding. See batting-block.
- To incline from the perpendicular: said of a wall whose face recedes as it rises: opposed to overhang.
- n. A mixture of several ingredients, as flour, eggs, salt, etc., beaten together with some liquid, used in cookery.
- n. Flour and water made into paste; specifically, the paste used in sizing cloth.
- To paste together; cover with things pasted on: as, to batter the walls with placards.
- n. One who bats; especially, in base-ball and cricket, one who wields the bat; the batsman.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. strike violently and repeatedly
- n. a liquid or semiliquid mixture, as of flour, eggs, and milk, used in cooking
- v. strike against forcefully
- v. make a dent or impression in
- n. (baseball) a ballplayer who is batting
Middle English bateren, from Old French batre, from Late Latin battere, from Latin battuere.
Middle English bater, probably from Old French bateure, a beating, from batre, to beat; see batter1.
Origin unknown.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Old French batre ("to beat"). (Wiktionary)
From Old French bateure ("the action of beating"), from batre ("to beat"). (Wiktionary)
bat + -er (“agent suffix”). (Wiktionary)