Main definitions of batter in US English:

: batter1batter2batter3batter4

batter1

verb

[with object]
  • 1Strike repeatedly with hard blows; pound heavily and insistently.

    ‘a prisoner was battered to death with a table leg’
    figurative ‘their idealism has been battered’
    • ‘Indeed, it has been argued that in some cases where women kill a spouse or partner who has battered them, the elements of self-defence may be made out.’
    • ‘A backpacker from Warminster has been battered to death while travelling across Thailand.’
    • ‘When their cousin is battered to death and left on the moors for the crows, they stick together and refuse to co-operate with policeman Ben Cooper.’
    • ‘Blows batter him from all sides, and something pierces him deeply just above the hip.’
    • ‘The teenager was battered to the ground twice by the gang in an apparently unprovoked attack.’
    • ‘She bashed and battered the pole for a long time until at last, with a scream, she slashed across the pole with a strength that she did not know she had.’
    • ‘Her body was found at her home where she had been battered to death.’
    • ‘An armed robber who battered a security guard repeatedly with a stick was yesterday jailed for eight and a half years.’
    • ‘It is rumoured that Maxine is battered to death by Hillman after she stumbles across his wicked attempt to kill Emily, played by Eileen Derbyshire, so he can get his hands on her house.’
    • ‘Conversely, husbands who were having extramarital affairs also tended to batter their wives.’
    • ‘Though I'd have to make sure I killed him with the first blow, because he'd batter me senseless if he got a chance to retaliate.’
    • ‘Traders shoo them away from their customers, and batter the children around the head if they become too persistent.’
    • ‘He was battered to death in his Islington home by his friend and companion, who then committed suicide.’
    • ‘He writes that his mother was indeed a prostitute who abandoned him at the age of five and who was battered to death 37 years ago.’
    • ‘More than one-third are battered repeatedly every year.’
    • ‘A security guard was battered to death in a row with a gang of Kosovan teenagers, a court heard.’
    • ‘The victim, understood to be an Irishman in his 40s, was battered to death shortly before midnight on Monday.’
    • ‘In the seventh and eighth rounds, Norton was beating and battering Ali all over the ring.’
    • ‘It had been hard and she had been battered, but she came thru it whole and complete.’
    • ‘As we know now, she had been battered to death by her husband.’
    pummel, pound, rain blows on, buffet, belabour, thrash, beat up, abuse
    damage, injure, hurt, harm, impair, mar, spoil
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    1. 1.1often as noun battering Subject (one's spouse, partner, or child) to repeated violence and assault.
      • ‘I spend most of my academic life researching the phenomenon of violence against women, specifically battering.’
      • ‘Under the plans, men and women would be automatically added to a new domestic violence register, available to the police, NHS and social services, if they were convicted of battering their partners.’
      • ‘They pointed out that recently, because of deficient psychological adjustment after divorce, child battering and children's roaming have been aggravated in the province.’
      • ‘A woman found dead in a suspected mercy killing had served time for battering a 22-month-old child.’
      • ‘Women and children are sexually exploited when they are subjected to incest, rape, sexual harassment, battering, bride trafficking, pornography, and prostitution.’
      • ‘It is very sad that even at this stage of supposed development there are cases such as wife battering.’
      • ‘A group dedicated to helping husbands stop battering their wives has re-opened its helpline.’
      • ‘They're not afraid to discuss tough social topics like wife battering, bride burnings, child abuse or the fact that Indian girls have the highest suicide rate.’
      • ‘A cook has been charged with battering his wife to death during an argument in which he accused her of infidelity.’
      • ‘Raising consciousness about violence against women, rape and battering became prosecuted crimes.’
      • ‘There is no dearth of cases of wife battering victimizing women who have made a mark in their professions.’
      • ‘Actually it is concerned with Hamlet's mother: Hamlet's battering leaves her overwhelmed by a realization of her depravity.’
      • ‘A Senior Government official in Nakonde has called on men to stop battering their wives and instead bring peace in their homes.’
      • ‘For five years little children have been subject to abuse, neglect and battering.’
      • ‘He suggests that in new cases when women go to the police and accuse their partner of battering them, the man will get thrown out of their property, pending an enquiry.’
      • ‘Do all these cases of husband battering appear in court?’
      • ‘Gender-linked violence, including rape and sexual assault, incest, wife battering, and sexual harassment, has generated intense research activity.’
    2. 1.2usually as noun battering Censure, criticize, or defeat severely.
      ‘the movie took a battering from critics’
      • ‘She had been on an upward curve, but had suddenly reached a plateau in her performances, and her confidence took a battering.’
      • ‘Last night in Braehead, everyone's eardrums took a battering from the raucous, but well behaved crowd which almost filled the arena.’
      • ‘The panel took a battering with players out of the country during the league campaign but, so far, everyone has shown strongly in the bid to land a third IFC in ten years.’
      • ‘When the Reserve Bank acted and lifted rates in March, consumer sentiment took a battering, falling 16.6 per cent.’
      • ‘Care home provision in North Yorkshire took a battering today when another two nursing homes announced they were to close their doors.’
      • ‘However, his smug self-confidence took a battering when Tudor won the Rounders.’
      • ‘But those hopes took a battering whenever Dwyer's name popped up.’
      • ‘Hong Kong-listed mainland car stocks took a battering yesterday as investors reacted negatively to reports that mainland car owners had defaulted on billions of yuan worth of loans last year.’
      • ‘Tech and telecom stocks took a battering yesterday as the FTSE - 100 Index closed nearly 80 points down.’
      • ‘At the same time executive salaries took a battering.’
      • ‘The Australian sharemarket took a battering today, falling almost one per cent, as the price of crude oil surged to a new record high.’
      • ‘Last weekend the Beattie Government took a battering at the polls, losing two crucial by-elections.’
      • ‘But its shares took a battering because rail was seen as something of a saviour at a time when other parts of the business were enduring tough trading conditions.’
      • ‘Jamie Dobb endured a disappointing race at the French Grand Prix as his World 250 cc Motorcross Championship hopes took a battering.’
      • ‘Heworth's push for promotion took a battering as National Conference League division two leaders Hunslet Warriors gave a great second half show to beat them 46-0.’
      • ‘In July, the police response to incidents took a battering.’
      • ‘Australia hopes to attack England's spirit, which took a battering after the first Test defeat.’
      • ‘Blackpool's play-off hopes took a battering in a miserable midweek defeat at Bloomfield Road.’
      • ‘Some of her closest relationships, most notably with her son and her loyal, self-sacrificing assistant, took a battering.’
      • ‘Our complacence over sexual abuse took a battering when Mira Nair's ‘Monsoon Wedding’ won the 2002 Venice Golden Lion.’

Origin

Middle English: from Old French batre ‘to beat’ (from Latin battuere) + -er.

Pronunciation

batter

/ˈbadər//ˈbædər/

Main definitions of batter in US English:

: batter1batter2batter3batter4

batter2

noun

  • 1A semiliquid mixture of flour, egg, and milk or water used in cooking, especially for making cakes or for coating food before frying.

    • ‘Pour enough batter to lightly coat the bottom of the pan.’
    • ‘I sighed and Sara just went on stirring her pancake batter.’
    • ‘I thought that using pancake batter would be a good substitute for ‘pastry dough,’ but boy oh boy was I wrong.’
    • ‘He discovered many other delicacies involving Yorkshire pudding batter when he researched the simple concoction of flour, milk and egg for his first volume.’
    • ‘The last thing that such oily flesh requires is a coating of batter.’
    • ‘Batter should have consistency of thin pancake batter.’
    • ‘Add the flour mixture to the batter in three or four additions, and stir until just combined.’
    • ‘She did not hear him come in as she stirred batter to make pancakes.’
    • ‘Mix wheat germ into pancake batter, oatmeal and home-baked goods, or use in soups and stews to impart a nutty flavor and add nutrients.’
    • ‘The simplest way to make pancakes is still a favourite - a basic pancake batter made with three ingredients flour, eggs and milk.’
    • ‘For the tempura batter, in a medium bowl, combine the flour, tapioca starch, salt, and sugar and stir well to combine.’
    • ‘Make the tempura batter by adding ice water, whisking in until it reaches the correct consistency and add sesame seeds and some of the coriander.’
    • ‘I'm sure we could live on canned green beans, water, and pancake batter for the rest of our lives, but it isn't a good policy.’
    • ‘Dip the sardines into the rice flour batter to coat, place them in the fryer, and cook until golden brown, about two minutes.’
    • ‘In its simplest form this is a flour and water batter, providing food and moisture for the yeast spores which the baker hopes are present.’
    • ‘The batter is quite a bit thinner than that of pancakes, and the trick is to use its fineness to the finished crepe's advantage.’
    • ‘Make the Yorkshire pudding batter by placing the flour and all the eggs into a bowl with some salt and pepper.’
    • ‘The pancake batter is the nice homely type we all know and love.’
    • ‘When mixed, it should be the consistency of pancake batter.’
    • ‘He frowned, turning to her, the spatula in his hands dripping small amounts of pancake batter.’
  • 2Printing
    A damaged area of metal type or a printing block.

    • ‘This printing has a cancel title-page dated 1912 instead of 1911, and is the first English printing to incorporate several text corrections as described by Garrison, but is otherwise identical to the Scribners issues of 1911, and shows the expected type batter in “wearily” on p. 135, line 21.’
    • ‘Like the readings which are defective in all examined copies but were apparently correct at one time, some of these variants may be attributed to type batter.’
    • ‘When there are uncorrected printer's errors, or errors that can be attributed to type batter, we have silently corrected them, primarily so that they do not impede electronic searches of our transcribed texts.’

Origin

Late Middle English: from Old French bateure ‘the action of beating’, from batre ‘to beat’.

Pronunciation

batter

/ˈbædər//ˈbadər/

Main definitions of batter in US English:

: batter1batter2batter3batter4

batter3

noun

  • (in various sports, especially baseball) a player who is batting.

    • ‘He will keep fielders on their toes by getting the batter to hit ground balls.’
    • ‘The batter hit a lazy fly ball which the shortstop easily reached just behind second base.’
    • ‘In baseball, a batter can expect to get as many as four or five chances to hit in a single game: he only needs to take one of these for the hitting streak to continue.’
    • ‘Sometimes in baseball a batter decides to take a pitch.’
    • ‘With a runner on third base and less than two outs, the batter hits a fly ball to the outfield.’
    • ‘No different than a pitcher in baseball, when a batter comes up he's got his notebook about what kind of pitch this guy likes to hit and what kind of pitch he doesn't like to hit.’
    • ‘The next batter, Adam Shorts, popped a foul ball down the first base line.’
    • ‘Ross, in his book, explains the most common baseball statistics for evaluating batters.’
    • ‘The key would be retiring Robinson, the leadoff batter in the inning.’
    • ‘Chuck Finley struck out four batters in one inning three times, twice with the Angels and once with the Indians.’
    • ‘He was a first baseman and a left-handed batter and I admired the way he played.’
    • ‘A reader in the January issue asked a question about a runner on third tagging up when a batter hits a fly ball to the outfield.’
    • ‘With one out in the ninth and the strikeout total at 25, the next batter hit a high foul ball between first and home plate.’
    • ‘If I tossed a ball in the air when I was in the bullpen, it signaled a fastball for the batter.’
    • ‘He concluded that on-base percentage was a better way to quantify a batter's success than batting average.’
    • ‘The next three batters went out on ground balls and the Sox won, 11-10.’
    • ‘The shortstop tags out the batter / runner before he can return safely to the base.’
    • ‘Major league batters strike out more frequently in today's game of power hitting and tape-measure home runs’
    • ‘He began impressively, striking out his first batter with a fastball that got up to 98 mph.’
    • ‘Going both ways is a good thing with regard to two-way streets, switch-hitting batters and special football players.’

Pronunciation

batter

/ˈbædər//ˈbadər/

Main definitions of batter in US English:

: batter1batter2batter3batter4

batter4

noun

  • A gradual backward slope in a wall or similar structure.

    • ‘It must be set on a compacted stone base and each layer is connected to the next by clips that automatically give each wall the proper batter.’
    • ‘They can be constructed of single or multiple depths of block and the maximum wall height of a single depth wall is directly proportional to its weight, width, batter, soil condition, and site geometry.’
    • ‘The defensive wall was of fine ashlar masonry with a pronounced batter.’
    • ‘The 60-kilometre canal would have been as wide as this building, including the batter.’

verb

[no object]
  • (of a wall) have a receding slope.

    • ‘It becomes easier with height as the wall batters in, and the gap between the face of the wall and the corner of the pillar increases.’
    • ‘The surrounding wall batters outward from bottom to top.’
    • ‘All were in outline truncated cones—that is, the outer face of the wall "batters" or inclines inwards.’

Origin

Mid 16th century (as a verb): of unknown origin.

Pronunciation

batter

/ˈbædər//ˈbadər/