- to beat persistently or hard; pound repeatedly.
- to damage by beating or hard usage: Rough roads had battered the car. High winds were battering the coast.
- to deal heavy, repeated blows; pound steadily: continuing to batter at the front door.
- a damaged area on the face of type or plate.
- the resulting defect in print.
Origin of batter1
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- a mixture of flour, milk or water, eggs, etc., beaten together for use in cookery.
- to coat with batter.
Origin of batter2
- a player who swings a bat or whose turn it is to bat, as in baseball or cricket.
Origin of batter3
- (of the face of a wall or the like) to slope backward and upward.
- a backward and upward slope of the face of a wall or the like.
Origin of batter4
Examples from the Web for batter
In the 13th inning, a Red Sox batter popped one down left field line and Jeter went to get it.10 Unforgettable Derek Jeter Highlights (VIDEO)
September 29, 2014
Every batter, it's a fastball for a strike or pop-up, then a change-up for a ground out.
With the bases loaded, the ultimately rational Palmer always throws every pitch at a corner--even with three balls on the batter.
Lou watched George Selkirk step into the batter's box for a few practice swings one afternoon.The Stacks: The Day Lou Gehrig Delivered Baseball’s Gettysburg Address
July 4, 2014
"You've got to cure the batter, you must take your time," Barber tells us.A Briny, South Carolina Oyster Shack
Jane & Michael Stern
March 23, 2014
And he was both to batter it down, for he still had the gambler's faith in his luck.The Spenders
Harry Leon Wilson
He put his whole will into the assertion of guilt, to batter down the man's resistance.Within the Law
Have ready in a frying-pan some lard and batter mixed, and make it boil.
Then mix it gradually with cold water till it becomes a batter.
The batter must be very smooth when it is done, and without a single lump.
- to hit (someone or something) repeatedly using heavy blows, as with a club or other heavy instrument; beat heavily
- (tr; often passive) to damage or injure, as by blows, heavy wear, etc
- (tr) social welfare to subject (a person, esp a close relative living in the same house) to repeated physical violence
- (tr) to subject (a person, opinion, or theory) to harsh criticism; attack
- a mixture of flour, eggs, and milk, used to make cakes, pancakes, etc, and to coat certain foods before frying
- sport a player who bats
- the slope of the face of a wall that recedes gradually backwards and upwards
- (intr) to have such a slope
- a spree or debauch
Word Origin and History for batter
"strike repeatedly, beat violently and rapidly," early 14c., from Old French batre "to beat, strike" (11c., Modern French battre "to beat, to strike"), from Latin battuere "to beat, strike," an old word in Latin, but almost certainly borrowed from Gaulish, from PIE root *bhau- "to strike" (cf. Welsh bathu "beat;" Old English beadu "battle," beatan "to beat," bytl "hammer, mallet"). Began to be widely used 1962 in reference to domestic abuse. Related: Battered; battering. Battering-ram is an ancient weapon (Latin aries), but the word attested only from 1610s.
"flour, eggs, and milk beaten together," late 14c., from Old French batteure "a beating," from Latin battuere "to beat, knock" (see batter (v.)).