- 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
- (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 battering
One could picture catapults and trebuchets, battering rams and siege towers.Team USA Goes Down Swinging in 2-1 World Cup Loss to Belgium
July 1, 2014
The police certainly need no more scandal—their chief was forced to resign this week after being convicted of battering his wife.How Local Police Missed a Chance to Stop Tamerlan Tsarnaev in 2011
July 12, 2013
Maybe it will require the U.S. military having enough time to restore itself after the battering of the last decade.Peter Beinart: Romney Follows Obama’s Foreign Policy Script
October 15, 2012
One with a pistol strapped to his hip swings a battering ram into a door.Local Cops Ready for War With Homeland Security-Funded Military Weapons
Andrew Becker, G. W. Schulz
December 21, 2011
Tonight, he was a battering ram whenever anyone tried to interrupt him.Mitt Romney Stands His Ground
October 19, 2011
I feel some one breaking my bones and battering out my brains.The Fortune of the Rougons
Deeper in the forest the battering of the rain was mitigated.
He charged the cattle around him, driving them back like a battering ram.Dwellers in the Hills
Melville Davisson Post
Then they kept on battering at him with their fists till he fell to the floor.Erik Dorn
His face was not much the worse for its battering on the rocks.The Heiress of Wyvern Court
- the act or practice of battering someone
- (in combination)baby-battering; granny-battering
- 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 battering
"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.)).