Definition of Batter

1. Noun. (baseball) a ballplayer who is batting.

Exact synonyms: Batsman, Hitter, Slugger
Category relationships: Baseball, Baseball Game
Generic synonyms: Ballplayer, Baseball Player
Specialized synonyms: Bunter, Designated Hitter, Pinch Hitter, Switch-hitter, Whiffer
Derivative terms: Bat, Slug

2. Verb. Strike against forcefully. "Winds buffeted the tent"
Exact synonyms: Buffet, Knock About
Generic synonyms: Strike

3. Noun. A liquid or semiliquid mixture, as of flour, eggs, and milk, used in cooking.

4. Verb. Strike violently and repeatedly. "They want to batter the prisoners "; "She clobbered the man who tried to attack her"
Exact synonyms: Baste, Clobber
Generic synonyms: Beat, Beat Up, Work Over

5. Verb. Make a dent or impression in. "Dinge a soft hat"
Exact synonyms: Dinge
Generic synonyms: Change Form, Change Shape, Deform

Definition of Batter

1. v. t. To beat with successive blows; to beat repeatedly and with violence, so as to bruise, shatter, or demolish; as, to batter a wall or rampart.

2. n. A semi- liquid mixture of several ingredients, as, flour, eggs, milk, etc., beaten together and used in cookery.

3. n. A backward slope in the face of a wall or of a bank; receding slope.

4. v. i. To slope gently backward.

5. n. One who wields a bat; a batsman.

Definition of Batter

1. Verb. To hit or strike violently and repeatedly. ¹

2. Verb. To coat with batter (the food ingredient). ¹

3. Verb. To defeat soundly; to thrash ¹

4. Verb. (UK slang usually in the passive) To intoxicate ¹

5. Noun. A beaten mixture of flour and liquid (usually egg and milk), used for baking (e.g. pancakes, cake, or yorkshire pudding) or to coat food (e.g. fish) prior to frying ¹

6. Noun. A binge, a heavy drinking session. ¹

7. Verb. (architecture) To slope (of walls, buildings etc.). ¹

8. Noun. An incline on the outer face of a built wall. ¹

9. Noun. The person who tries to hit the ball in a sport like baseball. ¹

10. Noun. (cricket) A batsman. ¹

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Definition of Batter

1. to beat repeatedly [v -ED, -ING, -S]

Medical Definition of Batter

1. 1. To beat with successive blows; to beat repeatedly and with violence, so as to bruise, shatter, or demolish; as, to batter a wall or rampart. 2. To wear or impair as if by beating or by hard usage. "Each battered jade." 3. To flatten (metal) by hammering, so as to compress it inwardly and spread it outwardly. Origin: OE. Bateren, OF. Batre, F. Battre, fr. LL. Battere, for L. Batuere to strike, beat; of unknown origin. Cf. Abate, Bate to abate. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

Lexicographical Neighbors of Batter

batten down
batten down the hatches
batter (current term)
batter's box
batter's boxes
batter bread
batter up
battered child syndrome
battered spouse syndrome
battered women

Literary usage of Batter

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. A New System of Domestic Cookery: Formed Upon Principles of Economy and by Maria Eliza Ketelby Rundell (1824)
"It will cut light and clear. You may add candied orange and citron, if you like. batter Pudding. Rub three spoonsful of fine flour extremely ..."

2. The Home Cook Book: A Collection of Practical Receipts by Expert Cooks (1905)
"Then put in flour to make a thin batter, and also half a teaspoon of salt. Have your waffle-irons hot and well greased. Cook to a golden brown, ..."

3. The Principles and Practice of Surveying by Charles Blaney Breed, George Leonard Hosmer (1908)
"SETTING batter-BOARDS FOR A BUILDING. — One of the most common tasks of the surveyor is to set the batter. boards for the excavation and construction of the ..."

4. The Boston Cooking-school Cook Book by Fannie Merritt Farmer (1896)
"batter V. 1 cup flour Yolks 2 eggs. % teaspoon salt. Whites '2 eggs. % cup milk or water. ... Drain, dip pieces in batter, fry in deep fat, and drain. ..."

5. A New System of Domestic Cookery: Formed Upon Principles of Economy, and by Maria Eliza Ketelby Rundell (1840)
"batter Pudding with. Meat. Make a batter with flour, milk, and eggs ; pour a little into the bottom of a pudding dish ; then put seasoned meat of any kind ..."

6. A Dictionary of Architecture and Building, Biographical, Historical, and by Russell Sturgis (1901)
"It is difficult to follow this derivation ; the French word for batter is ... Au instrument or templet to regulate the amount of batter to be given to a ..."

7. The Experienced English House-keeper: For the Use and Ease of Ladies, House by Elizabeth Raffald (1769)
"To wake batter Pancakes. BEAT three Eggs, with a Pound of Flour, very well, put to it a Pint of Milk, and a little Salt, fry them in Lard or Butter, ..."

8. Basket Ball and Indoor Baseball for Women by Helen Frost, Charles Digby Wardlaw (1920)
"A good test to apply in ascertaining the distance is the following: The player is placed in the batter's box. In her accustomed manner she slowly swings at ..."

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