from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. The beating of woods and bushes to flush game.
- n. A hunt in which this is done.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A form of hunting in which game is forced into the open by the beating of sticks on bushes etc.
- n. The game thus forced into the open.
- n. A hunt performed in this manner.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The act of beating the woods, bushes, etc., for game.
- n. The game itself.
- n. The wanton slaughter of game.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A method of hunting in which the game is driven from cover by beaters toward a point where the sportsmen are in wait.
- n. Hence Any beat-up or thorough search, or undiscriminating slaughter, especially of defenseless or unresisting crowds.
- n. The game driven from cover by the battue method.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. indiscriminate slaughter
- n. a hunt in which beaters force the game to flee in the direction of the hunter
French, feminine of battu, past participle of battre, to beat, from Old French batre; see batter1.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Portuguese batuda or Italian battuta (a beating); See Latin battuo, (to beat.) (Wiktionary)