[bat-muh nt; French batuh-mahn]
noun, plural batte·ments [bat-muh nts; French batuh-mahn] /ˈbæt mənts; French batəˈmɑ̃/. Ballet.
a movement in which the dancer lifts one leg to the front, side, or back, and returns it to the supporting leg.
Origin of battement
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Historical Examples of battement
Every 'bar' of the music is called either a 'battement' of the drum, or a 'mesure' of the chanson.Shakespeare and Music
Edward W. Naylor
ballet extension of one leg forwards, sideways, or backwards, either once or repeatedly
Word Origin for battement
C19: French, literally: beating
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