bat: Meaning and Definition of
— n., v., bat•ted, bat•ting.
- the wooden club used in certain games, as baseball and cricket, to strike the ball.
- a racket, esp. one used in badminton or table tennis.
- a whip used by a jockey.
- the act of using a club or racket in a game.
- the right or turn to use a club or racket.
- a heavy stick, club, or cudgel.
- a blow, as with a bat.
- any fragment of brick or hardened clay.
- a brick cut transversely so as to leave one end whole.
- speed; rate of motion or progress, esp. the pace of the stroke or step of a race.
- a spree; binge: to go on a bat.
- a sheet of gelatin or glue used in bat printing.
- a slab of moist clay.
- a ledge or shelf in a kiln.
- a slab of plaster for holding a piece being modeled or for absorbing excess water from slip.
- at bat with two men in scoring position.
- taking one's turn to bat in a game:at bat with two men in scoring position.
- 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 hit or sacrifice fly:two hits in three at bats.
- to intercede for; vouch for; defend: to go to bat for a friend.
- at once; without delay: They asked me to sing right off the bat.
- to strike or hit with or as if with a bat or club.
- to have a batting average of; hit: He batted .325 in spring training.
- to strike at the ball with the bat.
- to take one's turn as a batter.
- to rush.
- We batted the idea around.
- Slang.to roam; drift.
- Informal.to discuss or ponder; debate:We batted the idea around.
- Baseball.to have every player in the lineup take a turn at bat during a single inning.
- to cause (a run) to be scored by getting a hit: He batted in two runs with a double to left.
- to do, write, produce, etc., hurriedly: I have to bat out a term paper before class.
- See (def. 5).
- any of numerous flying mammals of the order Chiroptera, of worldwide 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.
- nearly or completely blind; having very poor vision: Anyone can tell that he's blind as a bat, but he won't wear glasses.
- to have crazy ideas; be very peculiar, erratic, or foolish: If you think you can row across the ocean in that boat, you have bats in your belfry.
— bat•ted, bat•ting.
- to blink; wink; flutter.
- 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.
- bat (Thesaurus)