- with the exception of; excluding.
Origin of bating
- to moderate or restrain: unable to bate our enthusiasm.
- to lessen or diminish; abate: setbacks that bated his hopes.
- to diminish or subside; abate.
- with bated breath, with breath drawn in or held because of anticipation or suspense: We watched with bated breath as the runners approached the finish line.
Origin of bate1
- (of a hawk) to flutter its wings and attempt to escape in a fit of anger or fear.
- a state of violent anger or fear.
Origin of bate2
- Tanning. to soak (leather) after liming in an alkaline solution to soften it and remove the lime.
- the solution used.
Origin of bate3
Examples from the Web for bating
Bating our own bed, which she could not share, what lot more distinguished than hers?The Infernal Marriage
Now (bating the honeymoon), I do not agree with his lordship.Newton Forster
Captain Frederick Marryat
Closely similar to bating is "puering," investigated by Wood (see p. 94).Animal Proteins
Hugh Garner Bennett
For “bating on a full crop” is to be particularly avoided at all times.The Art and Practice of Hawking
Edward B. Michell
And I should do so as certainly, bating sickness or death, as that two and two make four.Rob Roy, Complete, Illustrated
Sir Walter Scott
- another word for abate
- with bated breath holding one's breath in suspense or fear
- (intr) (of hawks) to jump violently from a perch or the falconer's fist, often hanging from the leash while struggling to escape
- to soak (skin or hides) in a special solution to soften them and remove chemicals used in previous treatments
- the solution used
- British slang a bad temper or rage
Word Origin and History for bating
"to reduce, to lessen in intensity," c.1300, shortening of abate (q.v.). Now only in phrase bated breath, which was used by Shakespeare in "The Merchant of Venice" (1596).
c.1300, "to contend with blows or arguments," from Old French batre "to hit, beat, strike," from Late Latin battere, from Latin batuere "to beat, knock" (see batter (v.)). In falconry, "to beat the wings impatiently and flutter away from the perch." Figurative sense of "to flutter downward" attested from 1580s.