Definition of batch in English:

batch

noun

  • 1A quantity or consignment of goods produced at one time.

    ‘a batch of bread’
    ‘the company undertakes thirty-six separate quality control checks on every batch’
    as modifier ‘batch production’
    • ‘It takes four weeks to produce a batch of compost.’
    • ‘I produced a batch of my personal pancake recipe, then moved on to making a fruit sauce that could be used instead of an unhealthy, unnatural maple syrup.’
    • ‘A supermarket yesterday withdrew a batch of own-brand peanut butter after a jar was found to contain cancer-causing chemicals.’
    • ‘Before him were a batch of newspapers bearing his image and a flier informing Belgian police that his group was ‘watching’ them.’
    • ‘Once they had done their stuff I had a sudden urge to whip up a batch of almond macaroons using this Marunchinos (Sephardi almond macaroons) recipe.’
    • ‘Red faced Commonwealth Games bosses have had to scrap a batch of badges celebrating Welsh participation in the event - because of a spelling mistake.’
    • ‘The thing about baking is that you are the arbiter of how much butter and sugar go into your recipe and if you decide to reduce your intake of butter then perhaps you will bake a batch of scones instead of a tray of shortbread.’
    • ‘Need a perfect way to present a batch of homemade goodies?’
    • ‘That's why it takes me two or three years to write a batch of songs good enough to put out.’
    • ‘Once a batch of products has been cooked and the working shift completed, any residual cooking oil or other cooking matter should be drained off and the bratt pan switched off by the operator.’
    • ‘In contrast, a batch of discs can take two to four weeks to replicate.’
    • ‘The batch now on the production line will be light blue pencils.’
    • ‘He tells me that Burrells were the makers of famous steam engines and back in the '20s they built a batch of scenic Showmans, some eight and some ten horsepower.’
    • ‘Eventually a batch of forms was produced from the back of a press and one was duly handed over.’
    • ‘The newly graduated 46-year-old created a batch of trolley-based furniture for his degree course and is now hoping to make it into a business.’
    • ‘The commission discovered the mistakes on Thursday when a dozen random copies of a batch of 30,000 leaflets showed they had been incorrectly stapled.’
    • ‘The magistrates said that the distributors had not tested any of a batch of 46,000 Dracula capes imported from the Far East and had relied on certificates from their overseas suppliers.’
    • ‘What sets Professor Meally apart from all others in his field, is that as well as having it in theory he also gave a practical demonstration on mixing a batch of culm and making hand-made buns.’
    • ‘Visitors to an archaeology open day at Rievaulx on Saturday will be invited to pump the bellows to produce a batch of bloom, which can be removed from the furnace with tongs and worked on an anvil.’
    • ‘Those six rounds came from a batch of 200 loaded recently on a progressive press.’
    delivery, shipment, load, containerload, shipload, boatload, lorryload, truckload, cargo
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    1. 1.1informal A number of things or people regarded as a group or set.
      ‘a batch of loyalists and sceptics’
      • ‘A batch of cold weather coming in through Canada.’
      • ‘When you submitted a program for testing, it was a batch of cards which were kept together by a rubber band and if you dropped them accidentally, sorting them out was no simple matter.’
      • ‘A batch of novices has to learn the fundamentals.’
      • ‘Finally, it was close to the mid-'80s that a batch of vibrant Indians studying in Chicago were watching the film and reacting with adequate intensity.’
      • ‘A fresh bottle was delivered the next morning followed by a batch of three later in the day.’
      • ‘Jess felt her stomach producing a batch of butterflies, her ‘crush’, her love, was going to kiss her.’
      • ‘They gave Little George a batch of Harken stock and paid him $120,000 a year to be a board member.’
      • ‘I can only assume that somewhere, an e-mail server crashed and the poor techies only recently found a batch of messages on a hard disk, like a lost postcard from 1943 behind a radiator.’
      • ‘Solid sound and smooth production are no surprises coming from a batch of accomplished musicians who leave nothing to chance.’
      • ‘She took a big batch of leaves and dug them into one of her dirty pockets.’
      • ‘At some stage in the next few weeks I'd better buy a batch of cards and start working my way through the address book and getting them into the post, with the overseas people first in the queue.’
      • ‘Every year at the annual Comic-Con International, they let me host a batch of wonderful events, most of them about the history of the comic book medium.’
      • ‘So Australia collected a batch of free settlers before the gold rush.’
      • ‘A batch of mosquitoes collected from the field was divided into two groups.’
      • ‘Deluged with product support calls, Lotus hired a batch of college interns that summer to assist in taking calls from frantic users.’
      • ‘Here's what he has up so far and I'll be sending him a batch of additions and corrections (not many corrections so far).’
      • ‘It's always unpleasant when individuals who've worked on a second or third-rate film collect a batch of awards.’
      • ‘It's actually the fourth full-length from a batch of kids who used to be in other bands.’
      • ‘The dealer deals five cards to each player - a batch of three each followed by a batch of two each, or two each followed by three each.’
      • ‘In yet another example of their coolness, in outlining plans to offload a batch of new shares, they've come up with the following gem.’
      group, quantity, lot, bunch, mass, cluster, raft, set, collection, bundle, series, number
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    2. 1.2Computing A group of records processed as a single unit, usually without input from a user.
      as modifier ‘this should be run as a batch program from the process directory’
      • ‘It includes a number of advanced features like creating encrypted backups or batch mode processing.’
      • ‘Most backup environments perform their backups as a batch process sometime during the night.’
      • ‘The days of the long batch window where databases can be offline for extended periods to perform nightly processing are diminishing.’
      • ‘Think of a screen as a formula or recipe of ingredients used to guide computer software to select a batch of good stock picks.’
      • ‘The older database used a three-stage batch system in which records were duplicated across three tables.’

verb

[with object]
  • Arrange (things) in sets or groups.

    ‘I had nothing to do but batch the reports’
    • ‘Here's a mechanism for batching them into a locked-and-loaded tool for firing them into the world.’
    • ‘The separated raw components then move to the batching area, where they're blended with dry ingredients and batched.’
    • ‘Heifers were randomly assigned into one of 28 pens (six heifers per pen and four pens per treatment) and fed for 42 d. Feed for each treatment was individually batched and delivered at approximately 0900 h each morning.’
    • ‘The system allows recipe batching for recurring jobs.’
    • ‘All geometry is batched in a pre-processing step by locality, texture, and shader.’
    • ‘Because the concrete is all batched at the same time, the entire slab is ready for finishing at once.’
    • ‘The vehicles can be built at a rate of two Pacificas for every five minivans and don't have to be batched.’
    • ‘All mix components were stored at 60 [degrees] F before batching.’
    • ‘This is where paper, cans and plastic bottles are sorted and batched for re-processing.’
    • ‘And the updates are either batched or sent on every few seconds, something like that.’
    • ‘After I was done I picked up the cup and took a good hard look at the mixture of herbs I had batched up.’
    • ‘Mr Choma also said that batching the products also helped ZABS experts to trace the contamination stage and find a remedy.’
    • ‘There are three batching tanks that produce flavored milks and eggnog.’
    • ‘Since each step takes about a day and since samples are batched, the procedure ordinarily takes one to two weeks to complete.’
    • ‘It can be dispensed during batching operations or added to mixed concrete onsite.’
    • ‘Under normal circumstances, contractors have 90 minutes from the time the concrete was batched until the time placement is complete.’
    • ‘All other concrete cooling methods rely on cooling materials before or during batching.’
    • ‘Vertex instancing allows the geometry for say, 100 of these models to be batched into an array, and sent down all at once.’
    • ‘‘All of our final formulas are batched up here,’ Brooks says.’
    • ‘From there, the mixture is sent to four 6,000-gallon batching tanks.’

Origin

Late 15th century (in the senses ‘process of baking’, ‘quantity produced at one baking’): based on an Old English word related to bacan (see bake). Current senses date from the early 18th century.

Pronunciation

batch

/batʃ/