Definition of batch in English:

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Pronunciation: /batʃ/


1A quantity or consignment of goods produced at one time: a batch of bread the company undertakes thirty-six separate quality control checks on every batch [as modifier]: batch production
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  • A supermarket yesterday withdrew a batch of own-brand peanut butter after a jar was found to contain cancer-causing chemicals.
  • In contrast, a batch of discs can take two to four weeks to replicate.
  • Those six rounds came from a batch of 200 loaded recently on a progressive press.
1.1 informal A number of things or people regarded as a group or set: a batch of loyalists and sceptics
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  • It's always unpleasant when individuals who've worked on a second or third-rate film collect a batch of awards.
  • So Australia collected a batch of free settlers before the gold rush.
  • A batch of mosquitoes collected from the field was divided into two groups.
group, quantity, lot, bunch, mass, cluster, raft, set, collection, bundle, series, number;
consignment, shipment;
pack, crowd, band;
accumulation, assemblage, aggregate, aggregation, conglomeration
1.2 Computing A group of records processed as a single unit, usually without input from a user: [as modifier]: this should be run as a batch program from the process directory
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  • The older database used a three-stage batch system in which records were duplicated across three tables.
  • It includes a number of advanced features like creating encrypted backups or batch mode processing.
  • Most backup environments perform their backups as a batch process sometime during the night.


[with object]
Arrange (things) in sets or groups: I had nothing to do but batch the reports
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  • Here's a mechanism for batching them into a locked-and-loaded tool for firing them into the world.
  • From there, the mixture is sent to four 6,000-gallon batching tanks.
  • It can be dispensed during batching operations or added to mixed concrete onsite.


Late 15th century (in the senses 'process of baking', 'quantity produced at one baking'): based on an Old English word related to bacan (see bake1). Current senses date from the early 18th century.

  • bake [OE] and batch from Late Middle English:

    Both words go back to the same Old English root. Baker's dozen meaning ‘thirteen’, arose in the 16th century. It was a traditional bakers' practice to add an extra loaf to every dozen sold to a shopkeeper—this extra, thirteenth loaf was the source of the retailer's profit when the loaves were sold on to customers.

Words that rhyme with batch

attach, catch, crosshatch, detach, hatch, latch, match, mismatch, natch, outmatch, patch, scratch, thatch

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