- The definition of bat is a piece of equipment usually made of wood or metal, frequently used to hit a ball in sports, or a heavy duty stick, or a hard impact.
- An example of a bat is the long wooden or metal instrument a baseball player uses to hit the ball.
- An example of a bat is a large club a person keeps near their bed in case of a break-in.
- An example of a bat is a hard whack over the head with a fireplace poker.
- A bat is defined as a mammal who flies with the use of wings, is active at night, eats insects and/or fruit, and can see in the dark but mostly finds its way through the use of echolocation.
An example of a bat is a small flying black animal used in decorations for Halloween.
- To bat means to hit something.
- An example of bat is to strike a person in the foot with a large, heavy stick.
- An example of bat is to hit the ball when playing in a baseball game.
One type of bat.
bat definition by Webster's New World
- any stout club, stick, or cudgel
- a club used to strike the ball in baseball and cricket
- a ping-pong paddle, squash racket, etc.
- ☆ a turn at batting, as in baseballsee also at-bat
- Brit. a batsman at cricket
- cotton batting, esp. of an inferior quality; batt
- the whip used by a jockey
- Informal a blow or hit
- ☆ Slang a drinking bout; spree
- Brit., Informal fast pace; speed
- Ceramics a plaster disk on which the clay is based in modeling
Origin: Middle English ; from Old English batt, cudgel (prob. ; from Welsh bat ; from Indo-European base an unverified form bhat-, to strike) and amp; ; from Old French batte, pestle ; from battre, batter
- to use a bat: to bat left-handed
- to take a turn at batting: to bat third in the lineup
Origin: altered ; from Middle English bakke ; from Scandinavian as in OSwed backa
bat definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- A stout wooden stick; a cudgel.
- A blow, such as one delivered with a stick.
- Baseball A rounded, often wooden club, wider and heavier at the hitting end and tapering at the handle, used to strike the ball.
- Sports a. A club used in cricket, having a broad, flat-surfaced hitting end and a distinct, narrow handle.b. The racket used in various games, such as table tennis or racquets.
- To hit with or as if with a bat.
- Baseball a. To cause (a run) to be scored while at bat: batted the winning run in with a double.b. To have (a certain percentage) as a batting average.
- Informal To discuss or consider at length: bat an idea around.
- Baseball a. To use a bat.b. To have a turn at bat.
- Slang To wander about aimlessly.
Origin: Middle English, perhaps partly of Celtic origin and partly from Old French batte, pounding implement, flail (from batre, to beat; see batter1).
Origin: Alteration of Middle English bakke, of Scandinavian origin.
transitive verb bat·ted, bat·ting, bats
Origin: Probably a variant of bate2.
Origin: Probably from batter, spree.
bat - Computer Definition
bat - Phrases/Idioms
bat aroundâ Slang
- to travel or roam about
- to consider or discuss (an idea, plan, etc.) freely and informally
- Baseball to have all the batters in the lineup come to bat in a single inning
go to bat forâ
(right) off the batâ
blind as a bat
have bats in the belfryor have bats in one's belfryâ
not bat an eyeor not bat an eyelashâ
go to bat for
off the bat
have bats in (one's) belfry
not bat an eye