- 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.
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Examples from the Web for batches
For three months last year it conducted training sessions for batches of young fighters.Nigeria’s Do-It-Yourself Boko Haram Busters
May 16, 2014
"Originals are being run in batches of 12 [episodes] with a gap," explained Lee.
Aside from a limited number of previously released emails, neither of the batches has been released to the public.Alaska Investigates Sarah Palin Tell-All Writer
May 11, 2011
Once combined, add in the flour in batches, mixing the dough in between.How to Make Petulla, Albanian Fried Dough
January 12, 2011
Sear the pork on both sides and on the fat edge, working in batches if the chops don't all fit in the pan at the same time.Divine Apple Dishes
January 6, 2011
Make the batches middling thick, enough so that it will not drizzle from the wire.Taxidermy
Leon Luther Pray
The average work of one mixer was 17 batches or about 13 cu.
One gang by day labor mixed and placed 168 batches of 0.7 cu.
This is because it takes a greater number of batches to the cubic yard.
They are trained in batches, thousands are of one pattern—especially in society.Robert Orange
John Oliver Hobbes
- 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 batches
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."