- 1Strike repeatedly with hard blows: a prisoner was battered to death with a table legMore example sentences
pummel, pound, rain blows on, buffet, belabour, thrash, beat up, abuse; hit, strike, beat, smack, assault, attack, thump, lash, aim blows at• informal whack, clout, wallop, bash, clobber, bop, biff, sock, deck, plug, knock about/around, knock into the middle of next week, beat the living daylights out of, give someone a good hiding, lay into, lace into, do over, rough updamage, injure, hurt, harm, impair, mar, spoil; destroy, demolish, crush, shatter, smash, ruin• informal total, trash
- It is rumoured that Maxine is battered to death by Hillman after she stumbles across his wicked attempt to kill Emily, played by Eileen Derbyshire, so he can get his hands on her house.
- When their cousin is battered to death and left on the moors for the crows, they stick together and refuse to co-operate with policeman Ben Cooper.
- He writes that his mother was indeed a prostitute who abandoned him at the age of five and who was battered to death 37 years ago.
- 1.1 (often as noun battering) Subject (one’s spouse, partner, or child) to repeated violence and assault: outrage at wife-battering and child abuseMore example sentences
- Under the plans, men and women would be automatically added to a new domestic violence register, available to the police, NHS and social services, if they were convicted of battering their partners.
- A group dedicated to helping husbands stop battering their wives has re-opened its helpline.
- A Senior Government official in Nakonde has called on men to stop battering their wives and instead bring peace in their homes.
- 1.2Censure, criticize, or defeat severely or thoroughly: (as noun battering) the film took a battering from criticsMore example sentences
- Blackpool's play-off hopes took a battering in a miserable midweek defeat at Bloomfield Road.
- Australia hopes to attack England's spirit, which took a battering after the first Test defeat.
- Our complacence over sexual abuse took a battering when Mira Nair's ‘Monsoon Wedding’ won the 2002 Venice Golden Lion.
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- Every state now provides such civil protection orders to victims of domestic violence, and they are considered a basic tool in shielding victims from their batterers.
- The state sent him to a batterers ' program in 1994, but he quit.
- Such a statement can only lend support to those who would accuse her of blaming victims and excusing batterers.
Middle English: from Old French batre 'to beat' (from Latin battuere) + -er3.
- 1 [mass noun] A semi-liquid mixture of flour, egg, and milk or water, used for making pancakes or for coating food before frying: pancake batter [count noun]: a batter thin enough to be pouredMore example sentences
- In its simplest form this is a flour and water batter, providing food and moisture for the yeast spores which the baker hopes are present.
- I'm sure we could live on canned green beans, water, and pancake batter for the rest of our lives, but it isn't a good policy.
- Batter should have consistency of thin pancake batter.
- 1.1North American A mixture of ingredients for a cake.More example sentences
- Remember, the cake batter is only as good as the ingredients.
- Add orange/raisin mixture to cake batter and mix well.
- Any food that contains uncooked eggs, such as homemade cookie dough, cake batter or eggnog, can pose a hazard.
- 2 Printing A damaged area of metal type or a printing block.More example sentences
- When there are uncorrected printer's errors, or errors that can be attributed to type batter, we have silently corrected them, primarily so that they do not impede electronic searches of our transcribed texts.
- This printing has a cancel title-page dated 1912 instead of 1911, and is the first English printing to incorporate several text corrections as described by Garrison, but is otherwise identical to the Scribners issues of 1911, and shows the expected type batter in wearily on p. 135, line 21.
- Like the readings which are defective in all examined copies but were apparently correct at one time, some of these variants may be attributed to type batter.
late Middle English: from Old French bateure 'the action of beating', from batre 'to beat'.
- (In various sports, especially baseball) a player who is batting.More example sentences
- He was a first baseman and a left-handed batter and I admired the way he played.
- The shortstop tags out the batter / runner before he can return safely to the base.
- Ross, in his book, explains the most common baseball statistics for evaluating batters.
- A gradual backwards slope in a wall or similar structure: the batter is an inch in for every foot of heightMore example sentences
- The defensive wall was of fine ashlar masonry with a pronounced batter.
- The 60-kilometre canal would have been as wide as this building, including the batter.
- They can be constructed of single or multiple depths of block and the maximum wall height of a single depth wall is directly proportional to its weight, width, batter, soil condition, and site geometry.
verb[no object] Back to top
- (Of a wall) have a receding slope.More example sentences
- It becomes easier with height as the wall batters in, and the gap between the face of the wall and the corner of the pillar increases.
- All were in outline truncated conesthat is, the outer face of the wall "batters" or inclines inwards.
- The surrounding wall batters outward from bottom to top.
mid 16th century (as a verb): of unknown origin.