from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun The player at bat in cricket and baseball.

from The Century Dictionary.

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

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

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

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

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

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

  • noun (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