I. verb Etymology: Middle English bateren, probably frequentative of batten to bat, from bat Date: 14th century transitive verb 1. a. to beat with successive blows so as to bruise, shatter, or demolish b. bombard 2. to subject to strong, overwhelming, or repeated attack <
battered by forces of change
3. to wear or damage by hard usage or blows <
a battered old hat
intransitive verb to strike heavily and repeatedly ; beat Synonyms: see maimbatterer noun II. noun Etymology: Middle English bater, probably from bateren Date: 14th century 1. a. a mixture consisting chiefly of flour, egg, and milk or water and being thin enough to pour or drop from a spoon b. a mixture (as of flour and egg) used as a coating for food that is to be fried 2. an instance of battering III. transitive verb Date: 1973 to coat (food) with batter for frying IV. noun Etymology: origin unknown Date: 1743 a receding upward slope of the outer face of a structure V. transitive verb Date: circa 1882 to give a receding upward slope to (as a wall) VI. noun Date: 1773 one that bats; especially the player whose turn it is to bat

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.


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