[ bat-ing ]
/ ˈbæt ɪŋ /


the act or manner of using a bat in a game of ball.
cotton, wool, or synthetic fibers in batts or sheets, used as filling for quilts or bedcovers.


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Origin of batting

First recorded in 1605–15; bat1 + -ing1

Definition for batting (2 of 3)

Origin of bat

1175–1225; (noun) Middle English bat, bot, batte, Old English batt, perhaps < Celtic; compare Irish, Scots Gaelic bat, bata staff, cudgel; (v.) Middle English batten, partly from the noun, partly < Old French batre; see batter1


Definition for batting (3 of 3)

[ bat ]
/ bæt /

verb (used with object), bat·ted, bat·ting.

to blink; wink; flutter.

Origin of bat

First recorded in 1605–15; variant of bate2 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

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British Dictionary definitions for batting (1 of 4)

/ (ˈbætɪŋ) /


Also called: batt cotton or woollen wadding used in quilts, mattresses, etc
the action of a person or team that hits with a bat, esp in cricket or baseball

British Dictionary definitions for batting (2 of 4)

/ (bæt) /


verb bats, batting or batted

(tr) to strike with or as if with a bat
(intr) sport (of a player or a team) to take a turn at batting
See also bat around

Word Origin for bat

Old English batt club, probably of Celtic origin; compare Gaelic bat, Russian bat

British Dictionary definitions for batting (3 of 4)

/ (bæt) /


any placental mammal of the order Chiroptera, being a nocturnal mouselike animal flying with a pair of membranous wings (patagia). The group is divided into the Megachiroptera (fruit bats) and Microchiroptera (insectivorous bats)Related adjective: chiropteran
slang an irritating or eccentric woman (esp in the phrase old bat)
blind as a bat having extremely poor eyesight
have bats in the belfry or have bats in one's belfry informal to be mad or eccentric; have strange ideas
like a bat out of hell slang very quickly

Derived forms of bat

batlike, adjective

Word Origin for bat

C14 bakke, probably of Scandinavian origin; compare Old Norse ledhrblaka leather-flapper, Swedish dialect natt-batta night bat

British Dictionary definitions for batting (4 of 4)

/ (bæt) /

verb bats, batting or batted (tr)

to wink or flutter (one's eyelids)
not bat an eye or not bat an eyelid informal to show no surprise or concern

Word Origin for bat

C17: probably a variant of bate ²
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Idioms and Phrases with batting


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