[ bach ]
/ bætʃ /
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a quantity or number coming at one time or taken together: a batch of prisoners.
the quantity of material prepared or required for one operation: mixing a batch of concrete.
the quantity of bread, cookies, dough, or the like, made at one baking.
  1. a group of jobs, data, or programs treated as a unit for computer processing.
  2. batch processing.
  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)
to combine, mix, or process in a batch.
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Origin of batch

First recorded in 1425–75; late Middle English bache “amount of bread produced in one baking,” Old English gebæc; akin to German Gebäck “pastry, cakes”; see origin at bake
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British Dictionary definitions for batch (1 of 2)

/ (bætʃ) /

a group or set of usually similar objects or people, esp if sent off, handled, or arriving at the same time
the bread, cakes, etc, produced at one baking
the amount of a material needed for an operation
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)
to group (items) for efficient processing
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

British Dictionary definitions for batch (2 of 2)



/ (bætʃ) /

verb Australian and NZ informal
(intr) (of a man) to do his own cooking and housekeeping
to live alone
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