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Meaning of battledore

bat•tle•dore

Pronunciation: (bat'l-dôr", -dōr"), [key]
— n., v., -dored, -dor•ing.
—n.
  1. Also calleda game from which badminton was developed, played since ancient times in India and other Asian countries.
  2. a light racket for striking the shuttlecock in this game.
  3. a 17th- and 18th-century hornbook of wood or cardboard, used as a child's primer.
—v.t., v.i.
  1. to toss or fly back and forth: to battledore the plan among one's colleagues.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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