- the wooden club used in certain games, as baseball and cricket, to strike the ball.
- a racket, especially one used in badminton or table tennis.
- a whip used by a jockey.
- the act of using a club or racket in a game.
- the right or turn to use a club or racket.
- a heavy stick, club, or cudgel.
- Informal. a blow, as with a bat.
- any fragment of brick or hardened clay.
- Masonry. a brick cut transversely so as to leave one end whole.
- British Slang. speed; rate of motion or progress, especially the pace of the stroke or step of a race.
- Slang. a spree; binge: to go on a bat.
- a sheet of gelatin or glue used in bat printing.
- a slab of moist clay.
- a ledge or shelf in a kiln.
- a slab of plaster for holding a piece being modeled or for absorbing excess water from slip.
- to strike or hit with or as if with a bat or club.
- Baseball. to have a batting average of; hit: He batted .325 in spring training.
- to strike at the ball with the bat.
- to take one's turn as a batter.
- Slang. to rush.
- bat around,
- Slang.to roam; drift.
- Informal.to discuss or ponder; debate: We batted the idea around.
- Baseball.to have every player in the lineup take a turn at bat during a single inning.
- bat in, Baseball. to cause (a run) to be scored by getting a hit: He batted in two runs with a double to left.
- bat out, to do, write, produce, etc., hurriedly: I have to bat out a term paper before class.
- at bat, Baseball.
- taking one's turn to bat in a game: at bat with two men in scoring position.
- an instance at bat officially charged to a batter except when the batter is hit by a pitch, receives a base on balls, is interfered with by the catcher, or makes a sacrifice hit or sacrifice fly: two hits in three at bats.
- bat the breeze. breeze1(def 11).
- go to bat for, Informal. to intercede for; vouch for; defend: to go to bat for a friend.
- right off the bat, Informal. at once; without delay: They asked me to sing right off the bat.
Origin of bat1
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- any of numerous flying mammals of the order Chiroptera, of worldwide distribution in tropical and temperate regions, having modified forelimbs that serve as wings and are covered with a membranous skin extending to the hind limbs.
- blind as a bat, nearly or completely blind; having very poor vision: Anyone can tell that he's blind as a bat, but he won't wear glasses.
- have bats in one's belfry, Informal. to have crazy ideas; be very peculiar, erratic, or foolish: If you think you can row across the ocean in that boat, you have bats in your belfry.
Origin of bat2
- to blink; wink; flutter.
- not bat an eye, to show no emotion or surprise; maintain a calm exterior: The murderer didn't bat an eye when the jury announced its verdict of guilty.
Origin of bat3
- a sheet of matted cotton, wool, or synthetic fibers.
Origin of batt
- William BarclayBat, 1853–1921, U.S. frontier law officer.
Examples from the Web for bat
Instead, he gives his very best effort and tries to win the World Series with a single swing of his bat.After Torture Report, Our Moral Authority As a Nation Is Gone
December 11, 2014
Right off the bat, papyrologist Brice C. Jones noted that something was awry.Dismembering History: The Shady Online Trade in Ancient Texts
November 23, 2014
It can be really good if somebody is an amazing talent right off the bat or it can highlight your flaws.Inside ‘The Sex Factor’: Where 16 Men and Women Vie For Porn Immortality
November 22, 2014
This allows the bats to spread the viruses to other bat populations in distant areas.Bats’ Link to Ebola Finally Solved
November 12, 2014
Right off the bat, the “Doing Our Bit for the Cure” campaign seemed peculiar.The Misogynistic Companies Jumping On The Breast Cancer Bandwagon
October 16, 2014
A bat circled near, indecisively, as if with a message it hesitated to give.The Spenders
Harry Leon Wilson
Run out the mile-an'-a-quarter, make a race of it, but don't go to the bat.Thoroughbreds
W. A. Fraser
So the man done it, and sure enough he was as blind as a bat in a minute.Tom Sawyer Abroad
Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)
You can no more be told how to go light than you can be told how to hit a ball with a bat.The Forest
Stewart Edward White
I've got such an awful lot of stuff that I want to dictate it right off the bat.The Harbor
- any of various types of club with a handle, used to hit the ball in certain sports, such as cricket, baseball, or table tennis
- a flat round club with a short handle, resembling a table-tennis bat, used by a man on the ground to guide the pilot of an aircraft when taxiing
- cricket short for batsman
- any stout stick, esp a wooden one
- informal a blow from such a stick
- Australian a small board used for tossing the coins in the game of two-up
- US and Canadian slang a drinking spree; binge
- slang speed; rate; pacethey went at a fair bat
- another word for batting (def. 1)
- carry one's bat cricket (of an opening batsman) to reach the end of an innings without being dismissed
- off one's own bat
- of one's own accord; without being prompted by someone else
- by one's own unaided efforts
- off the bat or right off the bat US and Canadian informal immediately; without hesitation
- (tr) to strike with or as if with a bat
- (intr) sport (of a player or a team) to take a turn at batting
- any placental mammal of the order Chiroptera, being a nocturnal mouselike animal flying with a pair of membranous wings (patagia). The group is divided into the Megachiroptera (fruit bats) and Microchiroptera (insectivorous bats)Related adjective: chiropteran
- slang an irritating or eccentric woman (esp in the phrase old bat)
- blind as a bat having extremely poor eyesight
- have bats in the belfry or have bats in one's belfry informal to be mad or eccentric; have strange ideas
- like a bat out of hell slang very quickly
- to wink or flutter (one's eyelids)
- not bat an eye or not bat an eyelid informal to show no surprise or concern
- textiles another word for batting (def. 1)
- Australian and NZ a slab-shaped piece of insulating material used in building houses
Word Origin and History for bat
"a stick, a club," Old English *batt "cudgel," perhaps from Celtic (cf. Irish and Gaelic bat, bata "staff, cudgel"), influenced by Old French batte, from Late Latin battre "beat;" all from PIE root *bhat- "to strike." Also "a lump, piece" (mid-14c.), as in brickbat. As a kind of paddle used to play cricket, it is attested from 1706.
Phrase right off the bat is 1888, also hot from the bat (1888), probably a baseball metaphor, but cricket is possible as a source; there is an early citation from Australia (in an article about slang): "Well, it is a vice you'd better get rid of then. Refined conversation is a mark of culture. Let me hear that kid use slang again, and I'll give it to him right off the bat. I'll wipe up the floor with him. I'll ---" ["The Australian Journal," November 1888].
flying mammal (order Chiroptera), 1570s, a dialectal alteration of Middle English bakke (early 14c.), which is probably related to Old Swedish natbakka, Old Danish nathbakkæ "night bat," and Old Norse leðrblaka "leather flapper," so original sense is likely "flapper." The shift from -k- to -t- may have come through confusion of bakke with Latin blatta "moth, nocturnal insect."
Old English word for the animal was hreremus, from hreran "to shake" (see rare (adj.2)), and rattle-mouse is attested from late 16c., an old dialectal word for "bat." As a contemptuous term for an old woman, perhaps a suggestion of witchcraft (cf. fly-by-night), or from bat as "prostitute who plies her trade by night" [Farmer, who calls it "old slang" and finds French equivalent "night swallow" (hirondelle de nuit) "more poetic"].
"to move the eyelids," 1847, American English, from earlier sense of "flutter as a hawk" (1610s), a variant of bate (v.2) on the notion of fluttering wings. Related: Batted; batting.
"to hit with a bat," mid-15c., from bat (n.1). Related: Batted; batting.