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bat1 British & World English

An implement with a handle and a solid surface, typically of wood, used for hitting the ball in games such as crickgo to Config at thet, baseball, and table tennis

bat2 British & World English

A mainly nocturnal mammal capable of sustained flight, with membranous wings that extend between the fingers and limbs

bat3 British & World English

Flutter (one’s eyelashes), typically in a flirtatious manner

at-bat British & World English

A player’s turn at batting, as officially recorded

bat fly British & World English

A bloodsucking fly of spider-like appearance, parasitic on bats and bearing live young

dead bat British & World English

A bat held loosely so that the ball falls to the ground immediately when struck

fruit bat British & World English

A bat with a long snout and large eyes, feeding chiefly on fruit or nectar and found mainly in the Old World tropics

ghost bat British & World English

Any of a number of bats with mainly white or grey fur, in particular:

white bat British & World English

A bat with white fur found mainly in Central America

bat around British & World English

Travel widely, frequently, or casually

bat mitzvah British & World English

A religious initiation ceremony for a Jewish girl aged twelve years and one day, regarded as the age of religious maturity

bulldog bat British & World English

A fish-eating bat that has long legs and very large feet with sharp claws, native to Central and South America

mastiff bat British & World English

A heavily built free-tailed bat with a broad muzzle, found mainly in America and Australasia

bat mitzvah New Oxford Dictionary for Writers & Editors

initiation ceremony for a Jewish girl;

fisherman bat British & World English

Another term for bulldog bat.

hairless bat British & World English

An almost hairless black free-tailed bat found in SE Asia

hog-nosed bat British & World English

A tiny insectivorous bat with a piglike nose and no tail, native to Thailand. It is the smallest known bat

horseshoe bat British & World English

An insectivorous Old World bat with a horseshoe-shaped ridge on the nose

leaf-nosed bat British & World English

A bat with a leaf-like appendage on the snout

Leisler's bat British & World English

A small blackish bat related to the noctule, found from Europe and North Africa to central Asia

long-eared bat British & World English

An insectivorous bat with ears that are very long in proportion to the body

tube-nosed bat British & World English

An Old World bat with tubular nostrils:

whiskered bat British & World English

A small brown myotis bat native to Eurasia

Daubenton's bat British & World English

A small brown myotis bat that typically flies low over water, found throughout Eurasia

free-tailed bat British & World English

A streamlined fast-flying insectivorous bat with a projecting tail, found in tropical and subtropical countries

mouse-eared bat British & World English

A myotis bat that has mouse-like ears and mainly brownish fur

mouse-tailed bat British & World English

An insectivorous bat with a long mouse-like tail, native to Africa and Asia and often found in man-made structures

bat a thousand British & World English

Be very successful; achieve perfection

bat-eared fox British & World English

A small fox found in southern and East Africa, with very large ears that are used to locate insect prey

carry one's bat British & World English

(Of an opening or high-order batsman) be not out at the end of a side’s completed innings

bat for or go to bat for in bat1 British & World English

Defend the interests of; support

off one's own bat British & World English

At one’s own instigation; spontaneously

blind as a bat British & World English

Having very bad eyesight

right off the bat British & World English

At the very beginning; straight away

bat something around British & World English

Discuss an idea or proposal casually or idly

not bat an eyelid British & World English

Show (or showing) no surprise or concern

bat around in bat1 British & World English

Travel widely, frequently, or casually

old bat in bat2 British & World English

A woman regarded as unattractive or unpleasant

batboy British & World English

A boy who is employed to look after and retrieve bats during a baseball game and as a general assistant at other times

batshit British & World English

Completely mad or crazy

batwing British & World English

(Of a sleeve) having a deep armhole and a tight cuff

moonbat British & World English

A person with extreme left-wing political views

fungo bat in fungo British & World English

A long lightweight bat for hitting practice balls to fielders

bat a thousand in bat1 British & World English

Be very successful; achieve perfection

bat something around in bat1 British & World English

Discuss an idea or proposal casually or idly

carry one's bat in carry British & World English

(Of an opening or high-order batsman) be not out at the end of a side’s completed innings

vampire bat in vampire British & World English

A small bat that feeds on the blood of mammals or birds using its two sharp incisor teeth and anticoagulant saliva, found mainly in tropical America

off one's own bat in bat1 British & World English

At one’s own instigation; spontaneously

not bat an eyelid in bat3 British & World English

Show (or showing) no surprise or concern


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