- a quantity or number coming at one time or taken together: a batch of prisoners.
- the quantity of material prepared or required for one operation: mixing a batch of concrete.
- the quantity of bread, cookies, dough, or the like, made at one baking.
- a group of jobs, data, or programs treated as a unit for computer processing.
- batch processing.
- a quantity of raw materials mixed in proper proportions and prepared for fusion into glass.
- the material so mixed.
- to combine, mix, or process in a batch.
Origin of batch1
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Examples from the Web for batch
And if people find themselves dissatisfied with how often they turn to fast food, Bacon says to try things like batch cooking.Why Your New Year’s Diet Will Fail
December 30, 2014
Make a batch of these rum balls, climb into a onesie, and let your favorite movie do the rest.Carla Hall’s Christmas Day Treat: Rum Balls
December 25, 2014
He reminds Bob that “your people” destroyed Terminus, forcing its batch of psychos to survive “out here like everybody else.”The Walking Dead’s Most Gruesome Scene Yet: ‘A Man’s Gotta Eat’
October 20, 2014
As soon as I got a batch big enough for my first one, I just developed it.These Photographs Would Die Without Him
July 31, 2014
Add to that a batch of misdemeanor disorderly conduct charges and a few felony drug raps, and it was time to move.A Report From the Misunderstood Gathering of the Juggalos
July 28, 2014
McClure accompanied him back, and arranged with the captain to send him his batch of invalids.The Field of Ice
You are engaged at three o'clock; you are going to see the batch of to-day executed.A Tale of Two Cities
The first batch of answers from the Chime came by an evening mail.Cap'n Eri
Joseph Crosby Lincoln
I believe they are the best of the batch, but don't be afraid for 'Tony.'
I only hoped, if it came to that, I might be in the first batch.Kilgorman
Talbot Baines Reed
- a group or set of usually similar objects or people, esp if sent off, handled, or arriving at the same time
- the bread, cakes, etc, produced at one baking
- the amount of a material needed for an operation
- Also called: batch loaf a tall loaf having a close texture and a thick crust on the top and bottom, baked as part of a batch: the sides of each loaf are greased so that they will pull apart after baking to have pale crumby sides; made esp in Scotland and IrelandCompare pan loaf
- to group (items) for efficient processing
- to handle by batch processing
- (intr) (of a man) to do his own cooking and housekeeping
- to live alone
Word Origin and History for batch
Old English *bæcce "something baked," from bacan "bake" (see bake (v.)). Batch is to bake as watch (n.) is to wake and match (n.2) "one of a pair" is to make. Extended 1713 to "any quantity produced at one operation."