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  1. a quantity or number coming at one time or taken together: a batch of prisoners.
  2. the quantity of material prepared or required for one operation: mixing a batch of concrete.
  3. the quantity of bread, cookies, dough, or the like, made at one baking.
  4. Computers.
    1. a group of jobs, data, or programs treated as a unit for computer processing.
    2. batch processing.
  5. Glassmaking.
    1. a quantity of raw materials mixed in proper proportions and prepared for fusion into glass.
    2. the material so mixed.
verb (used with object)
  1. to combine, mix, or process in a batch.

Origin of batch

1400–50; late Middle English bache, akin to bacan to bake; compare Old English gebæc, German Gebäck batch

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verb (used without object), noun
  1. bach.

Origin of batch

tch to clarify and normalize pronunciation Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Examples from the Web for batch

Contemporary Examples of batch

Historical Examples of batch

  • McClure accompanied him back, and arranged with the captain to send him his batch of invalids.

    The Field of Ice

    Jules Verne

  • You are engaged at three o'clock; you are going to see the batch of to-day executed.

    A Tale of Two Cities

    Charles Dickens

  • The first batch of answers from the Chime came by an evening mail.

    Cap'n Eri

    Joseph Crosby Lincoln

  • I believe they are the best of the batch, but don't be afraid for 'Tony.'

  • I only hoped, if it came to that, I might be in the first batch.


    Talbot Baines Reed

British Dictionary definitions for batch


  1. a group or set of usually similar objects or people, esp if sent off, handled, or arriving at the same time
  2. the bread, cakes, etc, produced at one baking
  3. the amount of a material needed for an operation
  4. 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
verb (tr)
  1. to group (items) for efficient processing
  2. to handle by batch processing

Word Origin for batch

C15 bache; related to Old English bacan to bake; compare Old English gebæc batch, German Gebäck




verb Australian and NZ informal
  1. (intr) (of a man) to do his own cooking and housekeeping
  2. to live alone
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Word Origin and History for batch

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."

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