- 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
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
Many nocturnal animals, including bats, tarsiers and slow lorises, communicate in ultrasound, probably to avoid detection by predators.On a cool night in Malaysia, scientists track mysterious colugos across the treetops|Yao-Hua Law|November 20, 2020|Science News
With De La Rosa, a prospect Scialabba first pointed to in the spring of 2019, the club sees athleticism and a developing left-handed bat.
Jackson Cluff, the next player listed by Scialabba, is a similarly versatile shortstop who bats from the left side.
One mid-order bat is a must, no excuses, in the post-Rendon era.The Nationals have been forgotten by baseball. Don’t expect that to last.|Thomas M. Boswell|November 19, 2020|Washington Post
They came out to their colleagues in late 2019 as genderqueer and said most of them didn’t “bat an eye.”Trans, non-binary candidates make history in state legislative races|Parker Purifoy|November 18, 2020|Washington Blade
She batted her blue eyes at the camera; they were like diamond studs over a silver platter lake.‘Tracing the Blue Light’: Read Chapter 1 of Eileen Cronin’s ‘Mermaid’|Eileen Cronin|April 8, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The suggestion was batted down, they said, because there would be no time to train anyone else.
I tried to carry on as if her death had not happened and batted away any inquiries about her.
And if he had said corruption, I don't think most people would have batted an eye.
In a country where corruption is so endemic it is said to be part of the constitution, I never once batted an eyelid.Top Afghan General: Taliban Defeat Would Take Less Than a Year|Magsie Hamilton-Little|July 31, 2012|DAILY BEAST
Twice within the last few weeks he had been batted out of the box.Baseball Joe, Captain of the Team|Lester Chadwick
And when she batted her eyes, I wondered that they didn't crack like a whip, they were so sharp.Old Ebenezer|Opie Read
Two county sides were written out, and we batted alternately for the various cricketers, doing our best to imitate their styles.A Student in Arms|Donald Hankey
Jenkins batted a little—always does when I notice these little things—so modest, don't you know.The Haunted Pajamas|Francis Perry Elliott
They batted it out “for keeps,” as Molloy said, and they managed to tie the score.The Rival Pitchers|Lester Chadwick
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.