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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.
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verb (used with object)
  1. to combine, mix, or process in a batch.
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Origin of batch1

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.
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Origin of batch2

tch to clarify and normalize pronunciation
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  • Make the batches middling thick, enough so that it will not drizzle from the wire.


    Leon Luther Pray

  • The average work of one mixer was 17 batches or about 13 cu.

    Concrete Construction

    Halbert P. Gillette

  • One gang by day labor mixed and placed 168 batches of 0.7 cu.

    Concrete Construction

    Halbert P. Gillette

  • This is because it takes a greater number of batches to the cubic yard.

    Concrete Construction

    Halbert P. Gillette

  • They are trained in batches, thousands are of one pattern—especially in society.

    Robert Orange

    John Oliver Hobbes

British Dictionary definitions for batches


  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
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verb (tr)
  1. to group (items) for efficient processing
  2. to handle by batch processing
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Word Origin

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 batches



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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