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

  • n. An amount produced at one baking: a batch of cookies.
  • n. A quantity required for or produced as the result of one operation: made a batch of cookie dough; mixed a batch of cement.
  • n. A group of persons or things: a batch of tourists; a whole new batch of problems.
  • n. Computer Science A set of data or jobs to be processed in a single program run.
  • transitive v. To assemble or process as a batch.
  • n. Informal Variant of bach.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The quantity of bread or other baked goods baked at one time.
  • n. A quantity of anything produced at one operation.
  • n. A group or collection of things of the same kind, such as a batch of letters or the next batch of business.
  • n. A set of data to be processed with one execution of a program.
  • n. A bread roll.
  • v. To aggregate things together into a batch.
  • v. To handle a set of input data or requests as a batch process.
  • adj. Of a process, operating for a defined set of conditions, and then halting.
  • n. A bank; a sandbank.
  • n. A field or patch of ground lying near a stream; the dale in which a stream flows.
  • v. To live as a bachelor temporarily, of a married man or someone virtually married.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The quantity of bread baked at one time.
  • n. A quantity of anything produced at one operation; a group or collection of persons or things of the same kind.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To mass; bring together in a batch or the quantity required.
  • To protect (the bank of a river) by facing it with stones, so as to prevent the water from eating into it.
  • n. A quantity produced at one operation; specifically, the quantity of bread made at one baking.
  • n. The quantity of material prepared or required for one operation. Specifically—
  • n. An aggregation of individuals or articles similar to each other; especially, a number or aggregation received, despatched, etc., at one time: as, a batch of letters; a batch of prisoners.
  • n. Kind, sort, or lot.
  • n. A bank; a sandbank.
  • n. A field or patch of ground lying near a stream; the valley in which a stream flows: especially in local English names.
  • n. A vessel used in brewing.

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

  • v. batch together; assemble or process as a batch
  • n. (often followed by `of') a large number or amount or extent
  • n. a collection of things or persons to be handled together
  • n. all the loaves of bread baked at the same time


Middle English bache, probably from Old English *bæcce, from bacan, to bake.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle English bache, bæcche, from Old English bæċe, beċe ("brook, stream"), from Proto-Germanic *bakiz (“brook”), from Proto-Indo-European *bʰog- (“flowing water”). More at beach. (Wiktionary)
From Middle English bache (or bacche), from Old English bæcce ("something baked"), from bacan ("to bake"). Compare German Gebäck and Dutch baksel. (Wiktionary)
from an abbreviation of the pronunciation of bachelor ("unmarried adult male") (Wiktionary)



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