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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


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