batter

{{11}}batter (n.) "flour, eggs, and milk beaten together," late 14c., from O.Fr. batteure "a beating," from L. battuere "to beat, knock" (see BATTER (Cf. batter) (v.)).
{{12}}batter (v.) "strike repeatedly, beat violently and rapidly," early 14c., from O.Fr. batre "to beat, strike" (11c., Mod.Fr. battre "to beat, to strike"), from L. battuere "to beat, strike," an old word in Latin, but almost certainly borrowed from Gaulish, from PIE root *bhau- "to strike" (Cf. Welsh bathu "beat;" O.E. beadu "battle," beatan "to beat," bytl "hammer, mallet"). Began to be widely used 1962 in reference to domestic abuse. Related: Battered; battering. Battering-ram is an ancient weapon (L. aries), but the word attested only from 1610s.

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  • Batter — may refer to: * Batter (cooking) * Batter (baseball) * Batsman (cricket), sometimes called a batter * To hit or strike a person, as in committing the crime of battery * To hit or strike a person, as in committing the tort of battery, a common law …   Wikipedia

  • Batter — Bat ter, n. A backward slope in the face of a wall or of a bank; receding slope. [1913 Webster] {Batter rule}, an instrument consisting of a rule or frame, and a plumb line, by which the batter or slope of a wall is regulated in building. [1913… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Batter — Bat ter, n. [OE. batere, batire; cf. OF. bateure, bature, a beating. See {Batter}, v. t.] 1. A semi liquid mixture of several ingredients, as, flour, eggs, milk, etc., beaten together and used in cookery. King. [1913 Webster] 2. Paste of clay or… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Batter — Bat ter (b[a^]t t[ e]r), v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Battered} (b[a^]t t[ e]rd); p. pr. & vb. n. {Battering}.] [OE. bateren, OF. batre, F. battre, fr. LL. battere, for L. batuere to strike, beat; of unknown origin. Cf. {Abate}, {Bate} to abate.] [1913… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • batter — vb mangle, *maim, mutilate, cripple Analogous words: *beat, pound, pummel, thrash, buffet, belabor, baste batter n *dough, paste battle n Battle, engagement, action denote a hostile meeting between opposing military forces …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • batter — [n] mixture before baking concoction, dough, mix, mush*, paste, preparation, recipe; concepts 457,466 batter [v] strike and damage assault, bash, beat, break, bruise, buffet, clobber, contuse, cripple, crush, dash, deface, demolish, destroy,… …   New thesaurus

  • batter — Ⅰ. batter [1] ► VERB ▪ strike repeatedly with hard blows. DERIVATIVES batterer noun. ORIGIN Old French batre to beat . Ⅱ. batter [2] ► NOUN …   English terms dictionary

  • batter — batter1 [bat′ər] vt. [ME bateren < OFr battre < VL battere < L battuere, to beat, via Gaul < IE base * bhāt , to strike > L fatuus, foolish & Sans bátati, (he) strikes; also, in part, freq. of BAT1, v.] 1. a) to beat or strike with …   English World dictionary

  • Batter — Bat ter, v. i. (Arch.) To slope gently backward. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Batter — Bat ter (b[a^]t t[ e]r), n. The one who wields the bat in baseball; the one whose turn it is at bat; formerly called the {batsman}. [1913 Webster +PJC] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • batter — index beat (strike), force (break), lash (strike), mishandle (maltreat), mutilate …   Law dictionary

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