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

  • n. A stout wooden stick; a cudgel.
  • n. A blow, such as one delivered with a stick.
  • n. Baseball A rounded, often wooden club, wider and heavier at the hitting end and tapering at the handle, used to strike the ball.
  • n. Sports A club used in cricket, having a broad, flat-surfaced hitting end and a distinct, narrow handle.
  • n. Sports The racket used in various games, such as table tennis or racquets.
  • transitive v. To hit with or as if with a bat.
  • transitive v. Baseball To cause (a run) to be scored while at bat: batted the winning run in with a double.
  • transitive v. Baseball To have (a certain percentage) as a batting average.
  • transitive v. Informal To discuss or consider at length: bat an idea around.
  • intransitive v. Baseball To use a bat.
  • intransitive v. Baseball To have a turn at bat.
  • intransitive v. Slang To wander about aimlessly.
  • bat out Informal To produce in a hurried or informal manner: batted out thank-you notes all morning.
  • idiom at bat Sports Taking one's turn to bat, as in baseball or cricket.
  • idiom go to bat for To give assistance to; defend.
  • idiom off the bat Without hesitation; immediately: They responded right off the bat.
  • n. Any of various nocturnal flying mammals of the order Chiroptera, having membranous wings that extend from the forelimbs to the hind limbs or tail and anatomical adaptations for echolocation, by which they navigate and hunt prey.
  • idiom have bats in (one's) belfry To behave in an eccentric, bizarre manner.
  • transitive v. To wink or flutter: bat one's eyelashes.
  • idiom not bat an eye Informal To show no emotion; appear unaffected: The reporter didn't bat an eyelash while reading the gruesome news.
  • n. Slang A binge; a spree.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Any of the small, nocturnal, flying mammals of the order Chiroptera, which navigate by means of echolocation. They look like a mouse with membranous wings extending from the forelimbs to the hind limbs or tail. Altogether, there are about 1,000 bat species in the world.
  • n. An old woman.
  • n. A low whore: so called from moving out like a bat in the dusk of the evening.
  • n. A club made of wood or aluminium used for striking the ball in sports such as baseball, softball and cricket.
  • n. A turn at hitting the ball with a bat in a game.
  • n. : The piece of wood on which the spinner places the coins and then uses for throwing them. (Reference: Sidney J. Baker, The Australian Language, second edition, 1966, chapter XI section 3, page 242.)
  • v. to hit with a bat.
  • v. to take a turn at hitting a ball with a bat in sports like cricket, baseball and softball, as opposed to fielding.
  • v. to strike or swipe as though with a bat
  • n. packsaddle
  • v. to flutter: bat one's eyelashes.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A large stick; a club; specifically, a piece of wood with one end thicker or broader than the other, used in playing baseball, cricket, etc.
  • n. In badminton, tennis, and similar games, a racket.
  • n. A sheet of cotton used for filling quilts or comfortables; batting.
  • n. A part of a brick with one whole end; a brickbat.
  • n. Shale or bituminous shale.
  • n. A stroke; a sharp blow.
  • n. A stroke of work.
  • n. Rate of motion; speed.
  • n. A spree; a jollification.
  • n. Manner; rate; condition; state of health.
  • n. One of the Chiroptera, an order of flying mammals, in which the wings are formed by a membrane stretched between the elongated fingers, legs, and tail. The common bats are small and insectivorous. See chiroptera and vampire.
  • n. Same as tical, n., 1.
  • v. To bate or flutter, as a hawk.
  • v. To wink.
  • intransitive v. To use a bat, as in a game of baseball; when used with a numerical postmodifier it indicates a baseball player's performance (as a decimal) at bat.
  • transitive v. To strike or hit with a bat or a pole; to cudgel; to beat.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To beat; hit; strike.
  • In base-ball and similar games, to strike the ball: as, he bats well.
  • To bate or flutter, as in the phrase to bat the eyes, that is, wink.
  • n. A heavy stick or club; formerly, a walking-stick.
  • n. The wooden club with which the players in base-ball, cricket, and similar games bat or drive the ball.
  • n. A batsman or batter.
  • n. A blow as with a bat or baton: as, he received a bat in the face.
  • n. A tool made of beech, used by plumbers in dressing and flatting sheet-lead.
  • n. A rammer used by founders.
  • n. A blade used for beating or scutching hemp or flax.
  • n. A piece of brick having one end entire; hence, any portion of a brick; a brickbat.
  • n. A kind of sun-dried brick.
  • n. Shale; hardened clay, but not fire-clay: same as bind, 2. Also spelled batt.
  • n. In hat-making, a felted mass of fur, or of hair and wool. Two such masses are required to form the body of a hat. Also spelled batt.
  • n. A continuous wad of cotton from the batting-machine, ready for carding; also, a sheet of cotton wadding or batting. See batting.
  • n. In ceramics: A flexible sheet of gelatin used in transferring impressions to the biscuit.
  • n. A shelf or slab of baked clay used to support pieces of biscuit which have been painted, and are being fired again. See enamel-kiln.
  • n. Rate; speed; style.
  • n. A wing-handed, wing-footed flying mammal, of the order Chiroptera (which see).
  • n. A pack-saddle: only in composition, as bathorse, batman, etc.
  • n. See batz.
  • n. Same as tical.
  • n. A measure of land formerly used in South Wales; a perch of 11 feet square.
  • n. Same as bath.
  • n. A paddle or blade in a coal-pulverizer. These bats are carried on rapidly rotating arms, and break the coal into very fine particles.
  • n. plural Heavy laced boots with hobnails.
  • n. Low-cut laced shoes formerly worn by women.
  • n. Boots in bad repair.
  • n. A Siamese silver coin, the same as the tical.

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

  • n. a small racket with a long handle used for playing squash
  • n. nocturnal mouselike mammal with forelimbs modified to form membranous wings and anatomical adaptations for echolocation by which they navigate
  • v. have a turn at bat
  • n. (baseball) a turn trying to get a hit
  • n. the club used in playing cricket
  • v. use a bat
  • n. a club used for hitting a ball in various games
  • v. beat thoroughly and conclusively in a competition or fight
  • v. wink briefly
  • v. strike with, or as if with a baseball bat


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

Middle English, perhaps partly of Celtic origin and partly from Old French batte, pounding implement, flail (from batre, to beat; see batter1).
Alteration of Middle English bakke, of Scandinavian origin.
Probably a variant of bate2.
Probably from batter, spree.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

Dialectal variant (akin to Swedish dialect natt-batta) of Middle English bakke, balke, from Scandinavian (compare Old Swedish natbakka, Old Danish nathbakkæ 'night-flapper', Old Norse leðrblaka 'leather-flapper').

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Old English batt

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Possibly a variant of bate.

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French bât, from Old French bast, from Vulgar Latin *bastum, form of *bastāre (“to carry”), from Late Greek *bastân, from Ancient Greek  (bastázein, "to lift, carry").



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    December 30, 2008

  • Great poem. Thanks, Treeseed. :-)

    January 27, 2008

  • The Bat

    Theodore Roethke

    By day the bat is cousin to the mouse.

    He likes the attic of an aging house.

    His fingers make a hat about his head.

    His pulse beat is so slow we think him dead.

    He loops in crazy figures half the night

    Among the trees that face the corner light.

    But when he brushes up against a screen,

    We are afraid of what our eyes have seen:

    For something is amiss or out of place

    When mice with wings can wear a human face.

    from Collected poems of Theodore Roethke

    My Doubleday, 1938

    January 27, 2008

  • Tab in reverse.

    November 2, 2007