- 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.
- to strike at the ball with the bat.
- to take one's turn as a batter.
Idioms about 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
Other definitions for bat (2 of 4)
Origin of bat2
OTHER WORDS FROM batbatlike, adjective
Other definitions for bat (3 of 4)
Origin of bat3
Other definitions for bat (4 of 4)
How to use bat in a sentence
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
Nor was an eyelash batted when he bought body armor and tear gas from BulletProofBodyArmorHQ.com and BP Arms, respectively.Victim’s Parents Sue Merchants of the Aurora Massacre|Cliff Schecter|September 17, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The Congressman barely batted an eye when the stage beneath him began to crumble under the weight of the supporters on it.
The company batted off concerns over rising prices and the detrimental effects on competition and consumer choice.Comcast Coasts Through First Senate Hearing Into $45.2 Billion Merger With Time-Warner Cable|Lloyd Grove|April 9, 2014|DAILY BEAST
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
“I never batted a thousand but I got some things done,” he says.Rep. David Price Remembers When a Less Partisan Congress Actually Worked|Eleanor Clift|January 26, 2014|DAILY BEAST
He batted them away like insects, but they surrounded him and piled on.The Happy Unfortunate|Robert Silverberg
One of the body armors noticed her and he moved swiftly to her and batted her phone away with a gloved hand.Little Brother|Cory Doctorow
In serving, the ball must be batted at least ten feet by the server before being touched by any other player on his side.Games and Play for School Morale|Various
The ball was batted and thrown around listlessly, and Nelsons efforts to wake the fellows up bore no fruit.The New Boys at Oakdale|Morgan Scott
Not another ball was batted to center field; not once, in the innings that followed, was Nap on base.The Boy Scouts of Lakeville High|Leslie W. Quirk
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
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)
Word Origin for bat
Other 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.