- the wooden club used in certain games, as baseball and cricket, to strike the ball.
- a racket, especially one used in badminton or table tennis.
- a whip used by a jockey.
- the act of using a club or racket in a game.
- the right or turn to use a club or racket.
- a sheet of gelatin or glue used in bat printing.
- a slab of moist clay.
- a ledge or shelf in a kiln.
- a slab of plaster for holding a piece being modeled or for absorbing excess water from slip.
verb (used with object), bat·ted, bat·ting.
verb (used without object), bat·ted, bat·ting.
- to strike at the ball with the bat.
- to take one's turn as a batter.
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Idioms for bat
- taking one's turn to bat in a game: at bat with two men in scoring position.
- an instance at bat officially charged to a batter except when the batter is hit by a pitch, receives a base on balls, is interfered with by the catcher, or makes a sacrifice hit or sacrifice fly: two hits in three at bats.
Origin of bat1
Words nearby bat
Definition for bat (2 of 4)
Origin of bat2
OTHER WORDS FROM batbatlike, adjective
Definition for bat (3 of 4)
Origin of bat3
Definition for bat (4 of 4)
Example sentences from the Web for bat
We can’t hear things that dogs can hear, we can’t see things that bats can see.Talking Is Throwing Fictional Worlds at One Another - Issue 89: The Dark Side|Kevin Berger|September 9, 2020|Nautilus
When Lou Brock, who died Sunday at age 81, came up to bat, I booed him because, well, he was on the other team.The complaints of the entitled workers of Silicon Valley|Adam Lashinsky|September 8, 2020|Fortune
Upon the animal’s return to its colony, other bats would groom it and get exposed to the vaccine too.
He and his team located three bat colonies, each with 200 or more bats, and smeared the backs of 20 to 60 animals in each colony with a gel containing a biomarker that made their hair fluoresce if they ingested it.
That’s because these digital titles have the existing audiences from their other verticals that the new vertical can appeal to off the bat.‘Not a simple adjacency strategy’: How Group Nine is selling advertisers on bigger and longer editorial deals|Kayleigh Barber|August 21, 2020|Digiday
Instead, he gives his very best effort and tries to win the World Series with a single swing of his bat.After Torture Report, Our Moral Authority As a Nation Is Gone|Nick Gillespie|December 11, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Right off the bat, papyrologist Brice C. Jones noted that something was awry.Dismembering History: The Shady Online Trade in Ancient Texts|Candida Moss|November 23, 2014|DAILY BEAST
It can be really good if somebody is an amazing talent right off the bat or it can highlight your flaws.Inside ‘The Sex Factor’: Where 16 Men and Women Vie For Porn Immortality|Aurora Snow|November 22, 2014|DAILY BEAST
This allows the bats to spread the viruses to other bat populations in distant areas.
Right off the bat, the “Doing Our Bit for the Cure” campaign seemed peculiar.The Misogynistic Companies Jumping On The Breast Cancer Bandwagon|Emily Shire|October 16, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Once, a bat flew half in at one of the windows, striking its wings upon the glass, but almost immediately it flew out again.The Haunting of Low Fennel|Sax Rohmer
The day passed, the night came, and morning found the Bat still sitting there.The Way of an Indian|Frederic Remington
A grim set of the jaws, as Bat made the announcement, was his only expression of feeling.The Man in the Twilight|Ridgwell Cullum
And the way he can touch a bat with his mitt and deflect it on the third strike without being detected by the umpire is wonderful.Rival Pitchers of Oakdale|Morgan Scott
As a matter of fact a bat is one of our best friends because he will spend the whole night catching mosquitoes.Outdoor Sports and Games|Claude H. Miller
British Dictionary definitions for bat (1 of 3)
- of one's own accord; without being prompted by someone else
- by one's own unaided efforts
verb bats, batting or batted
Word Origin for bat
British Dictionary definitions for bat (2 of 3)
Derived forms of batbatlike, adjective
Word Origin for bat
British Dictionary definitions for bat (3 of 3)
verb bats, batting or batted (tr)
Word Origin for bat
Idioms and Phrases with bat
In addition to the idioms beginning with bat
- bat an eye
- bat around
- bat one thousand
- bats in one's belfry, have
- bat the breeze
- at bat
- blind as a bat
- bats in one's belfry
- go to bat for
- like a bat out of hell
right off the bat.