[bat] noun,verb,bat·ted,bat·ting.

1. Sports.
a. The wooden club used in certain games, as baseball and cricket, to strike the ball.
b. A racket, especially one used in badminton or table tennis.
c. A whip used by a jockey.
d. The act of using a club or racket in a game.
e. The right or turn to use a club or racket.

2. A heavy stick, club, or cudgel.

3. Informal. a blow, as with a bat.

4. Any fragment of brick or hardened clay.

5. Masonry. a brick cut transversely so as to leave one end whole.

6. British Slang. speed; rate of motionor progress, especially the pace of the stroke or step of a race.

7. Slang. a spree; binge: to go on a bat.

8. Ceramics.
a. a sheet of gelatin or glue used in bat printing.
b. a slab of moist clay.
c. a ledge or shelf in a kiln.
d. a slab of plaster for holding a piece being modeled or for absorbing excess water from slip.

9. Batt.

verb (used with object)

10. To strike or hit withor as if with a bat or club.

11. Baseball. To have a batting average of, hit: He batted .325 in spring training.

verb (used without object)

12. Sports
a. To strike at the ball with the bat.
b. To take one's turn as a batter.

13. Slang. To rush

Verb phrases

14. Bat around
a. Slang. to roam; drift
b. Informal. to discuss or ponder; debate: We batted the idea around.
c. Baseball. to have every player in the lineup take a turn at bat during a single inning.

15. Bat in, Baseball. to cause (a run) to be scored by getting a hit: He batted in two runs with a double to left.

16. Bat out, to do, write, produce, etc., hurridly: I have to bat out a term paper before class.


17. at bat, Baseball.
a. taking one's turn to bat in a game: At bat with two men in scoring position
b. 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.

18. bat the breeze

19. go to bat for, Informal. to intercede for; vouch for; defend: to go to bat for a friend.

20. right off the bat, Informal. atonce; without delay: They asked me to sing right off the bat.


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

knock, wallop, swat, smack, sock, slug; clout, clobber.


2[bat] noun
1. any form of numerous flying mammals of the order Chiroptera, of world wide distribution in tropical and temperate regions, having modified
forelimbs that serve as wings and are covered with a membranous skin extending to the hind limbs.


2. blind as a bat, nearly or completely blind; having poor vision: Anyone can tell that he's blind as a bat, but he won't wear glasses.

3. have bats in one's belfry, Informal. to have crazy ideas; be very peculiar, erratic, or foolish: If you think you can cross the ocean in that boat,
you have bats in your belfry.

1570–75; apparently < Scandinavian; compare dialectal Swedish natt-batta, variant of Old Swedish natt-bakka night-bat; replacing Middle English bakke
(< Scand),Middle English balke for*blake < Scandinavian; compare dialectal Swedish natt-blacka

Related formsbat·like,adjective.


3 [bat]

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

1. to blink; wink; flutter.


2. not bat an eye, to show no emotion or surprise; maintain a calm exterior: The murderer didn't bat an eye when the jury announced its verdict of guilty.
1605–15; variant of bate2


1. battalion.
2. battery.