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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
bat
I.noun
COLLOCATIONS FROM OTHER ENTRIES
a cricket bat (=that you use to hit the ball)
bat mitzvah
batting/catching etc practice
▪ We'd better do a bit of batting practice before the game.
fruit bat
right off the batAmerican English (= immediately, without having to think carefully)
▪ Kay answered right off the bat.
vampire bat
COLLOCATIONS FROM CORPUS
■ NOUN
baseball
▪ The others, the storm-troopers or Sturmabteilungen, would spread through the crowds, wielding clubs, baseball bats and sometimes knives.
▪ Families with children carrying picnic baskets, thermoses, baseball bats, shoulder bags.
▪ Get tooled up with baseball bats and go smash some windows in some club.
▪ Three of the seven players told investigators they put Tiger in a bag and beat her with baseball bats.
▪ A few feet away, a baseball bat crushed a schoolteacher's head, smashed his skull into a pulpy mess.
▪ It feels like a kick in the stomach or a blow with a baseball bat.
▪ I heave on the baseball bat, and wrench the chain from the big guy's hand.
▪ One of her cases involved a 17-year-old girl whose father routinely attacked the family, once with a baseball bat.
cricket
▪ Taking a cricket bat to the audition isn't a bad idea although you can get the same effect with an umbrella.
▪ The one best cricket bat of his youth was becoming the one best Midvale.
▪ Richardson was the inventor of the cane-spliced cricket bat and a catapult for bowling which was successfully used for many years.
▪ The following Summer in London, while shopping for a cricket bat, his journal fills with prices and estimates of quality.
▪ Opposite: The cricket bat was made by John Wisden &038; Co.
▪ Peters &038; Son, a store carrying ship models and archery equipment along with cricket bats, particularly draws his attention.
▪ Suddenly I was jumping, yelling out as the flagstone beat my feet like a cudgel or stone cricket bat.
▪ In the event, Hilary rummaged around in the gym and found a cricket bat and ball.
■ VERB
carry
▪ The following season, he carried his bat for a brilliant 215 not out against Lancashire at Old Trafford.
▪ I carry the bat, the glove.
swing
▪ Felt queasy after, but swung the bat okay and then came back to the hotel, which is small but clean.
▪ I kept swinging the bat, but by now Guy and Carmine had biked out of range and were looking back.
▪ We have the hitter sit on the ball swinging a bat.
▪ Both throw a lot of strikes and both make hitters swing the bat early in the count.
PHRASES FROM OTHER ENTRIES
as blind as a bat
▪ Didn't you see me coming? You must be as blind as a bat!
▪ I'm as blind as a bat without my glasses.
old fool/bastard/bat etc
▪ Am I to be troubled by a skinny old fool in mirror shades?
▪ An old fool if you like.
▪ But then the old fool should have been a little less unwashed and boring.
▪ He was no more to her, he thought, than a tiresome old man, an old fool.
▪ Look there that old fool Broom, slipped off to sleep.
▪ She thought what an undecided old fool Phoebe was, but it made her outburst at the Frolic all the more courageous.
▪ The old bats included a plastic, an aluminum and a wooden one.
EXAMPLES FROM CORPUS
▪ Felt queasy after, but swung the bat okay and then came back to the hotel, which is small but clean.
▪ Noctuid moths are eaten by bats, and have evolved a special pair of ears to warn them of approaching danger.
▪ Our classmates tested five bats from K. C. Slammer.
▪ The murder is perfectly executed, except that the baseball bat left at the scene of the crime is sticky with fingerprints.
▪ The tunnel is a place only a bat could love.
▪ This is tested by gagging the bats before releasing them.
▪ Upon being blocked off from the courtyard, the bat would soon have led him to freedom.
II.verb
COLLOCATIONS FROM CORPUS
■ NOUN
eyelid
▪ Susan, my long suffering wife, who never batted an eyelid as this project unfolded and gave me lots of encouragement.
▪ None of the regulars batted an eyelid, but the sweaty faces of the dance-crazy Glaswegians fell. 2.30?
▪ And farmers watching a demonstration of grass cutters didn't bat an eyelid at the state of the pasture.
▪ Nothing much ever happened in Surrey Hills, and nobody batted an eyelid.
▪ Today, no-one bats an eyelid as he takes a stroll along the ley-lines of Wiltshire.
▪ In fact she didn't bat an eyelid.
▪ Did saints ever bat their eyelids and look sleepily self-satisfied as cats?
▪ Tom didn't bat an eyelid at the warm fog.
EXAMPLES FROM CORPUS
▪ After the hearing you return to the gallery to bat out a quick story.
▪ He batted 205 minutes in the second innings, making 65 not out.
▪ I noticed that she blinked a lot and, at times, seemed to be trying to bat away the dust.
▪ In a tight match at Christleton visitors Oakmere batted first and set a total of 165 for five, Paul Matthews 66.
▪ Laxman batted for 12 hours in two innings over three days here, and naturally was man of the match.
The Collaborative International Dictionary
Bat

Bat \Bat\, n. [Corrupt. from OE. back, backe, balke; cf. Dan. aften-bakke (aften evening), Sw. natt-backa (natt night), Icel. le[eth]r-blaka (le[eth]r leather), Icel. blaka to flutter.] (Zo["o]l.) One of the Chiroptera, an order of flying mammals, in which the wings are formed by a membrane stretched between the elongated fingers, legs, and tail. The common bats are small and insectivorous. See Chiroptera and Vampire.

Silent bats in drowsy clusters cling.
--Goldsmith.

Bat tick (Zo["o]l.), a wingless, dipterous insect of the genus Nycteribia, parasitic on bats. [1913 Webster] ||

Bat

Bat \Bat\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Batted (b[a^]t"t[e^]d); p. pr. & vb. n. Batting.] To strike or hit with a bat or a pole; to cudgel; to beat.
--Holland.

Bat

Bat \Bat\, v. i. To use a bat, as in a game of baseball; when used with a numerical postmodifier it indicates a baseball player's performance (as a decimal) at bat; as, he batted .270 in 1993 (i.e. he got safe hits in 27 percent of his official turns at bat).

Bat

Bat \Bat\ (b[a^]t), n. [OE. batte, botte, AS. batt; perhaps fr. the Celtic; cf. Ir. bat, bata, stick, staff; but cf. also F. batte a beater (thing), wooden sword, battre to beat.]

  1. A large stick; a club; specifically, a piece of wood with one end thicker or broader than the other, used in playing baseball, cricket, etc.

  2. In badminton, tennis, and similar games, a racket.

  3. A sheet of cotton used for filling quilts or comfortables; batting.

  4. A part of a brick with one whole end; a brickbat.

  5. (Mining) Shale or bituminous shale.
    --Kirwan.

  6. A stroke; a sharp blow. [Colloq. or Slang]

  7. A stroke of work. [Scot. & Prov. Eng.]

  8. Rate of motion; speed. [Colloq.] ``A vast host of fowl . . . making at full bat for the North Sea.''
    --Pall Mall Mag.

  9. A spree; a jollification. [Slang, U. S.]

  10. Manner; rate; condition; state of health. [Scot. & Prov. Eng.]

    Bat bolt (Machinery), a bolt barbed or jagged at its butt or tang to make it hold the more firmly.
    --Knight.

Bat

Bat \Bat\, v. t. & i.

  1. To bate or flutter, as a hawk. [Obs. or Prov. Eng.]

  2. To wink. [Local, U. S. & Prov Eng.]

Bat

Bat \Bat\, n. [Siamese.] Same as Tical, n., 1.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary
bat

"a stick, a club," Old English *batt "cudgel," perhaps from Celtic (compare Irish and Gaelic bat, bata "staff, cudgel"), influenced by Old French batte, from Late Latin battre "beat;" all from PIE root *bhat- "to strike." Also "a lump, piece" (mid-14c.), as in brickbat. As a kind of paddle used to play cricket, it is attested from 1706.\n

\nPhrase right off the bat is 1888, also hot from the bat (1888), probably a baseball metaphor, but cricket is possible as a source; there is an early citation from Australia (in an article about slang): "Well, it is a vice you'd better get rid of then. Refined conversation is a mark of culture. Let me hear that kid use slang again, and I'll give it to him right off the bat. I'll wipe up the floor with him. I'll
---" ["The Australian Journal," November 1888].

bat

flying mammal (order Chiroptera), 1570s, a dialectal alteration of Middle English bakke (early 14c.), which is probably related to Old Swedish natbakka, Old Danish nathbakkæ "night bat," and Old Norse leðrblaka "leather flapper" (for connections outside Germanic, see flagellum). If so, the original sense of the animal name likely was "flapper." The shift from -k- to -t- may have come through confusion of bakke with Latin blatta "moth, nocturnal insect."\n

\nOld English word for the animal was hreremus, from hreran "to shake" (see rare (adj.2)), and rattle-mouse is attested from late 16c., an old dialectal word for "bat." Flitter-mouse (1540s) is occasionally used in English (variants flinder-mouse, flicker-mouse) in imitation of German fledermaus "bat," from Old High German fledaron "to flutter."\n

\nAs a contemptuous term for an old woman, perhaps a suggestion of witchcraft (compare fly-by-night), or from bat as "prostitute who plies her trade by night" [Farmer, who calls it "old slang" and finds French equivalent "night swallow" (hirondelle de nuit) "more poetic"].

bat

"to move the eyelids," 1847, American English, from earlier sense of "flutter as a hawk" (1610s), a variant of bate (v.2) on the notion of fluttering wings. Related: Batted; batting.

bat

"to hit with a bat," mid-15c., from bat (n.1). Related: Batted; batting.

Wiktionary
bat

acr. best available technology; a principle applying to regulation on limiting pollutant discharge.

WordNet
bat
  1. n. nocturnal mouselike mammal with forelimbs modified to form membranous wings and anatomical adaptations for echolocation by which they navigate [syn: chiropteran]

  2. (baseball) a turn batting; "he was at bat when it happened"; "he got 4 hits in 4 at-bats" [syn: at-bat]

  3. a small racket with a long handle used for playing squash [syn: squash racket, squash racquet]

  4. a bat used in playing cricket [syn: cricket bat]

  5. a club used for hitting a ball in various games

  6. [also: batting, batted]

bat
  1. v. strike with, or as if with a baseball bat; "bat the ball"

  2. wink briefly; "bat one's eyelids" [syn: flutter]

  3. have a turn at bat; "Jones bats first, followed by Martinez"

  4. use a bat; "Who's batting?"

  5. beat thoroughly in a competition or fight; "We licked the other team on Sunday!" [syn: clobber, drub, thrash, lick]

  6. [also: batting, batted]

Wikipedia
Bat (disambiguation)

A bat is a flying mammal of the order Chiroptera.

Bat or The Bat may also refer to:

Bat (goddess)

Bat was a cow goddess in Egyptian mythology depicted as a human face with cow ears and horns. By the time of the Middle Kingdom, her identity and attributes were subsumed within the goddess Hathor.

Bat

Bats are mammals of the orderChiroptera (; from the - cheir, "hand" and - pteron, "wing") whose forelimbs form webbed wings, making them the only mammals naturally capable of true and sustained flight. By contrast, other mammals said to fly, such as flying squirrels, gliding possums, and colugos, can only glide for short distances. Bats do not flap their entire forelimbs, as birds do, but instead flap their spread-out digits, which are very long and covered with a thin membrane or patagium.

Bats are the second largest order of mammals (after the rodents), representing about 20% of all classified mammal species worldwide, with about 1,240 bat species divided into two suborders: the less specialized and largely fruit-eating megabats, or flying foxes, and the highly specialized and echolocating microbats. About 70% of bat species are insectivores. Most of the rest are frugivores, or fruit eaters. A few species, such as the fish-eating bat, feed from animals other than insects, with the vampire bats being hematophagous, or feeding on blood.

Bats are present throughout most of the world, with the exception of extremely cold regions. They perform the vital ecological roles of pollinating flowers and dispersing fruit seeds; many tropical plant species depend entirely on bats for the distribution of their seeds. Bats are economically important, as they consume insect pests, reducing the need for pesticides. The smallest bat is the Kitti's hog-nosed bat, measuring in length, across the wings and in mass. It is also arguably the smallest extant species of mammal, with the Etruscan shrew being the other contender. The largest species of bat are a few species of Pteropus (fruit bats or flying foxes) and the giant golden-crowned flying fox with a weight up to and wingspan up to .

Bat (guided bomb)

The ASM-N-2 Bat was a United States Navy World War II radar-guided glide bomb which was used in combat beginning in April 1944.

Bat (Lagoon)

The Bat is a Vekoma Suspended Family Coaster located at Lagoon Amusement Park in Farmington, Utah, United States.

Bat (heraldry)

The bat as a heraldic symbol is primarily represented in the coats of arms of certain important towns of the former Crown of Aragon. It appears mostly at the top, above the crown over the shield.

Usage examples of "bat".

The baying was very faint now, and it ceased altogether as I approached the ancient grave I had once violated, and frightened away an abnormally large horde of bats which had been hovering curiously around it.

Something fluttered, flittered, dipped, and bobbed in the clear desert sky like an addled bat driven into sunshine.

Vaughn loaded the UHF satellite message buoy, roughly the size of a baseball bat, into the aft signal ejector, a small mechanism much like a torpedo tube set into the upper level of the aft compartment.

He had to guess, of course, which way agile Tallareyish would spin, and even though he guessed correctly that the elf would go to his right, his swipe was batted aside, not once but three times, before it ever got close to hitting the mark.

She chewed her lower lip as a million places sprang to mind, bat driving aimlessly around was pointless.

After all, in a world where some men could turn into bats and preferred the taste of blood to andouille gumbo, what was one more mystery?

Aquele carro podia, em lugar de bater no barranco, ter batido no nosso.

He was a remarkable fielder and a good batsman for a pitcher, men who play that position being poor wielders of the ash, as a rule, for the reason, as I have always thought, that they paid more attention to the art of deceiving the batsman that are opposed to them than they do to developing their own batting powers.

Though its paint was cracked and peeling, the device it bore showed plain: a black bat on a field divided bendwise, silver and gold.

Thang an excuse to bat her eyes, reach out and squeeze the biceps of his closest arm, playing the damsel in distress to maximum effect.

He would have seen a bat being thrown from in there, and by the time he turned around to mount, WindStriker had been blinkered and unable to react.

He was about to go after a Beater when the wizard who had dropped his bat before maneuvered his broom so that he could use the twigs to hit a Bludger at Neil, who was oblivious.

He flew toward a Bludger that was flying straight at him and then swung back, grunting loudly, feeling a jolt move through him as he struck it, hearing the ringing sound of metal on metal as one of the iron bands on the bat hit the Bludger.

Then later, when they dropped him from the Bugle Corps because he got the clap and nobody of his many friends stepped forward to go to bat for him and try to get him reinstated, this had increased his loneliness, but it also hardened his invulnerability.

The Wayne team batted and bunted a few balls, and then Homans led them to the bench.