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Syllabification: bat

noun

1An implement with a handle and a solid surface, usually of wood, used for hitting the ball in games such as baseball, cricket, and table tennis.
Example sentences
  • Well, it turns out nobody officially tests balls hit by aluminum bats under game conditions.
  • There is no evidence of an ancestor of Billiards prior to this time, unless you do lower your criteria to count all the other games played with bats, balls and skittles.
  • He generates the best bat speed in the game and hits balls harder than any other batter.
1.1The person batting, especially in cricket: the team’s opening bat
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  • Schenke is an opening left-handed bat and right arm medium pace bowler from Sydney's Balmain Club.
  • He was as solid as his father and as stolid as his uncle Sadiq: an opening bat who could bowl a useful off-break.
  • Does any other team have opening bats who spend more of their time swishing at flies outside the off stump?
1.2Each of a pair of objects resembling table tennis bats, used by a person on the ground to guide a taxiing aircraft.
Example sentences
  • Gliders were retrieved to the launch point by 15cwt Bedford trucks and instructions to the winch driver, a thousand yards away, were given by semaphore bats.
  • This being secure, the wings are leveled by the crew, one crew on the wing, one to hold the tail down (keep the skid off the runway) and one to operate the signal bat, which signals the tow vehicle.
  • All of the manuals reviewed as part of the investigation stated that marshalling bats should be used to minimise the risk of misinterpretation.

verb (bats, batting, batted)

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1 [no object] (Of a team or a player in sports such as baseball) take in turns the role of hitting rather than fielding: Ruth came to bat in the fifth inning
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  • We almost got out of the inning on our own, but mercifully, the other team had batted through the lineup, which meant it was our turn to bat.
  • Frankly, the team batted worse than it did in the first innings at Lahore.
  • The Indian team batted perfectly, bowled like champions and fielded like tigers.
2 [with object] Hit at (someone or something) with the palm of one’s hand: he batted the flies away
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  • Laurie put the small box down on a flat rock and teasingly batted Gil's hand away as he knelt down and tried to reach inside for a sandwich.
  • She was beckoning to me, looking around anxiously, and I was batting people out of the way, but as I approached I saw her look up at someone beside her.
  • I pushed through them like I was running through some forest batting the tree limbs out of the way.

Origin

late Old English batt 'club, stick, staff', perhaps partly from Old French batte, from battre 'to strike'.

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  • The nocturnal flying mammal was originally not a bat but a ‘back’. The earliest form, adopted in the early Middle Ages from a Scandinavian word, was altered to bat in the 16th century, perhaps influenced by Latin batta or blacta ‘insect that shuns the light’. The creature has inspired numerous expressions. You could be as blind as a bat from the 16th century—before then the standard comparison was with a beetle. From the early 20th century you could have bats in the belfry, ‘be mad’, or, in the same vein, be bats or batty. The first recorded example of like a bat out of hell, ‘very fast and wildly’, is from the Atlanta Constitution of 3 February 1914: ‘One day we saw an automobile go down the street like a bat out of hell and a few moments later we heard that it hit the last car of a freight train at the grade crossing.’ An old-fashioned name for a bat is flittermouse (mid 16th century), meaning literally ‘flying mouse’. Dutch vledermuis and German Fledermaus are matching terms in other languages.

    The other bat, for hitting a ball, is a word adopted from French in the Old English period, and is related to battery. If you do something off your own bat you are using a cricketing phrase; it originally referred to the score made by a player's own hits, and so ‘at your own instigation’. But if you did something right off the bat, ‘at the very beginning, straight away’, you would be taking a term from baseball.

    Batman has been a comic character and superhero since 1939. The less glamorous batman (mid 18th century) is a British army officer's personal servant. This bat is unrelated to the other two. It came through French from medieval Latin bastum ‘a packsaddle’ ( see bastard) and originally referred to a man in charge of a bat-horse, which carried the luggage of military officers.

Phrases

bat a thousand

1
informal Be very successful; achieve perfection: with the tortellini, I batted a thousand—both kids had seconds
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  • Voss knows he's batting a thousand with his marketing efforts with each new customer who walks in the door.
  • Rarely does a film get everything right, but The Hit manages to bat a thousand in just about every category.
  • And Mother Nature always bats last, and she always bats a thousand.

go to bat for

2
informal , chiefly North American Defend the interests of; support: his willingness to go to bat for his employees
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  • There is always something unnerving about the news media going into bat for their own interests; the moral fervour precludes argument.
  • And in the past there have been situations where I have had to go into bat for her and defend her when I have brought her out with these friends.
  • You talked about there being sketches that you had to really go to bat for.

right off the bat

3
North American At the very beginning.
Example sentences
  • Installation is straightforward, and right off the bat, you got your options on how to setup the graphics.
  • I'm not just gonna take them straight to the best spots right off the bat.
  • I know this is a scam right off the bat, because I'm not anyone's employee.

Phrasal verbs

bat around (or about)

1
informal , chiefly North American Travel widely, frequently, or casually: I’m always batting around between England and America
More example sentences
  • Obviously, as we have kind of batted around endlessly, they're looking for evidence in that truck.
  • He was an English immigrant who batted around the United States in a random fashion until in 1876 he sold the Atchinson, Topeka and Santa Fe Railroad on the idea of opening clean and wholesome restaurants at their rail depots.
  • Why couldn't I get a van and bat around the country doing whatever it is I do?

bat something around (or about)

2
informal Discuss an idea or proposal casually or idly.
Example sentences
  • Imagination projects are managed, in part, through weekly meetings - meetings in which ideas are batted around, problems are raised, and progress on deadlines is assessed.
  • For a couple of hours different ideas were batted around to see how strong they were, but none stood up to Jen's standards.
  • It's been nice batting ideas around with you.

Words that rhyme with bat

at, brat, cat, chat, cravat, drat, expat, fat, flat, frat, gat, gnat, hat, hereat, high-hat, howzat, lat, mat, matt, matte, Montserrat, Nat, outsat, pat, pit-a-pat, plait, plat, prat, Rabat, rat, rat-tat, Sadat, sat, scat, Sebat, shabbat, shat, skat, slat, spat, splat, sprat, stat, Surat, tat, that, thereat, tit-for-tat, vat, whereat

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Syllabification: bat

noun

1A mainly nocturnal mammal capable of sustained flight, with membranous wings that extend between the fingers and connecting the forelimbs to the body and the hindlimbs to the tail.
Example sentences
  • Small and furry, bats are the only mammals to have achieved powered flight.
  • The placental mammals include such diverse forms as whales, bats, elephants, shrews, and armadillos.
  • Nearly a quarter of all mammal species are bats, and they are the only winged animals in the class Mammalia.
2 (usually old bat) A woman regarded as unattractive or unpleasant: some deranged old bat
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  • But then the old bat did go on a bit - 30 minutes of complaining after the effect when last night she could have just asked us to quiet down and then have had no cause for complaint.
  • So how's about you head over there right this very second and wish the old bat a happy birthday, hmmm?
  • Ok, now that I've put that side of her character in perspective, you must be wondering why I like the old bat?

Origin

late 16th century: alteration, perhaps by association with medieval Latin batta, blacta, of Middle English bakke, of Scandinavian origin.

More
  • The nocturnal flying mammal was originally not a bat but a ‘back’. The earliest form, adopted in the early Middle Ages from a Scandinavian word, was altered to bat in the 16th century, perhaps influenced by Latin batta or blacta ‘insect that shuns the light’. The creature has inspired numerous expressions. You could be as blind as a bat from the 16th century—before then the standard comparison was with a beetle. From the early 20th century you could have bats in the belfry, ‘be mad’, or, in the same vein, be bats or batty. The first recorded example of like a bat out of hell, ‘very fast and wildly’, is from the Atlanta Constitution of 3 February 1914: ‘One day we saw an automobile go down the street like a bat out of hell and a few moments later we heard that it hit the last car of a freight train at the grade crossing.’ An old-fashioned name for a bat is flittermouse (mid 16th century), meaning literally ‘flying mouse’. Dutch vledermuis and German Fledermaus are matching terms in other languages.

    The other bat, for hitting a ball, is a word adopted from French in the Old English period, and is related to battery. If you do something off your own bat you are using a cricketing phrase; it originally referred to the score made by a player's own hits, and so ‘at your own instigation’. But if you did something right off the bat, ‘at the very beginning, straight away’, you would be taking a term from baseball.

    Batman has been a comic character and superhero since 1939. The less glamorous batman (mid 18th century) is a British army officer's personal servant. This bat is unrelated to the other two. It came through French from medieval Latin bastum ‘a packsaddle’ ( see bastard) and originally referred to a man in charge of a bat-horse, which carried the luggage of military officers.

Phrases

have bats in the (or one's) belfry

1
informal Be eccentric or crazy.
Example sentences
  • It looks like I have bats in my belfry with that Halloween decoration hanging on the guillotine.
  • The man obviously had bats in his belfry for making such a ludicrous statement.
  • The rumor is that Maggie has bats in her belfry?

like a bat out of hell

2
informal Very fast and wildly.
Example sentences
  • The first step is to get down to the Old Port, onto the bike path that runs alongside the Lachine Canal and head west like a bat out of hell - or a meandering tortoise, if you prefer.
  • It's pretty great, actually, from a certain perspective. I mean, it starts going like a bat out of hell, and keeps accelerating.
  • I threw his t-shirt back in his face, got back in my car, and drove home like a bat out of hell, screaming the whole way.

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Syllabification: bat

verb (bats, batting, batted)

[with object]
Flutter one’s eyelashes, typically in a flirtatious manner: she batted her long dark eyelashes at him
More example sentences
  • She was batting her eyelashes at Rick in an extremely flirtatious manner.
  • She batted her eyelashes in the most flirtatious manner she could muster.
  • To Todd she spoke more flirtatiously, batting her eyelashes and pressing up against the locker next to his.

Origin

late 19th century: from dialect bat 'to wink, blink', variant of obsolete bate 'to flutter'.

More
  • The nocturnal flying mammal was originally not a bat but a ‘back’. The earliest form, adopted in the early Middle Ages from a Scandinavian word, was altered to bat in the 16th century, perhaps influenced by Latin batta or blacta ‘insect that shuns the light’. The creature has inspired numerous expressions. You could be as blind as a bat from the 16th century—before then the standard comparison was with a beetle. From the early 20th century you could have bats in the belfry, ‘be mad’, or, in the same vein, be bats or batty. The first recorded example of like a bat out of hell, ‘very fast and wildly’, is from the Atlanta Constitution of 3 February 1914: ‘One day we saw an automobile go down the street like a bat out of hell and a few moments later we heard that it hit the last car of a freight train at the grade crossing.’ An old-fashioned name for a bat is flittermouse (mid 16th century), meaning literally ‘flying mouse’. Dutch vledermuis and German Fledermaus are matching terms in other languages.

    The other bat, for hitting a ball, is a word adopted from French in the Old English period, and is related to battery. If you do something off your own bat you are using a cricketing phrase; it originally referred to the score made by a player's own hits, and so ‘at your own instigation’. But if you did something right off the bat, ‘at the very beginning, straight away’, you would be taking a term from baseball.

    Batman has been a comic character and superhero since 1939. The less glamorous batman (mid 18th century) is a British army officer's personal servant. This bat is unrelated to the other two. It came through French from medieval Latin bastum ‘a packsaddle’ ( see bastard) and originally referred to a man in charge of a bat-horse, which carried the luggage of military officers.

Phrases

not bat (or without batting) an eyelid (or eye or eyelash)

1
informal Show (or showing) no reaction: she paid the bill without batting an eyelid
More example sentences
  • But to my surprise, the kids didn't bat an eyelid.
  • When I say they didn't bat an eyelid, I'm not exaggerating because I was looking at them.
  • MacGyver, err… our driver, didn't bat an eye despite our extensive arm waving.

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