Bat n. Same as Tical, n., 1.
1. A large stick; a club; specifically, a piece of wood with one end thicker or broader than the other, used in playing baseball, cricket, etc.
2. In badminton, tennis, and similar games, a racket.
3. A sheet of cotton used for filling quilts or comfortables; batting.
4. A part of a brick with one whole end; a brickbat.
5. Mining Shale or bituminous shale.
6. A stroke; a sharp blow. [Colloq. or Slang]
7. A stroke of work. [Scot. & Prov. Eng.]
8. Rate of motion; speed. [Colloq.] “A vast host of fowl . . . making at full bat for the North Sea.”
9. A spree; a jollification. [Slang, U. S.]
10. Manner; rate; condition; state of health. [Scot. & Prov. Eng.]
Bat bolt Machinery, a bolt barbed or jagged at its butt or tang to make it hold the more firmly.
Bat, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Batted p. pr. & vb. n. Batting.] To strike or hit with a bat or a pole; to cudgel; to beat.
Bat, v. i. To use a bat, as in a game of baseball; when used with a numerical postmodifier it indicates a baseball player's performance (as a decimal) at bat; as, he batted .270 in 1993 (i.e. he got safe hits in 27 percent of his official turns at bat).
Bat, v. t. & i.
1. To bate or flutter, as a hawk. [Obs. or Prov. Eng.]
2. To wink. [Local, U. S. & Prov Eng.]
Bat, n. Zool. One of the Chiroptera, an order of flying mammals, in which the wings are formed by a membrane stretched between the elongated fingers, legs, and tail. The common bats are small and insectivorous. See Chiroptera and Vampire.
Silent bats in drowsy clusters cling. --Goldsmith.
Bat tick Zool., a wingless, dipterous insect of the genus Nycteribia, parasitic on bats.
n 1: nocturnal mouselike mammal with forelimbs modified to form
membranous wings and anatomical adaptations for
echolocation by which they navigate [syn: chiropteran]
2: (baseball) a turn batting; "he was at bat when it happened";
"he got 4 hits in 4 at-bats" [syn: at-bat]
3: a small racket with a long handle used for playing squash
[syn: squash racket, squash racquet]
4: a bat used in playing cricket [syn: cricket bat]
5: a club used for hitting a ball in various games
v 1: strike with, or as if with a baseball bat; "bat the ball"
2: wink briefly; "bat one's eyelids" [syn: flutter]
3: have a turn at bat; "Jones bats first, followed by Martinez"
4: use a bat; "Who's batting?"
5: beat thoroughly in a competition or fight; "We licked the
other team on Sunday!" [syn: clobber, drub, thrash,
[also: batting, batted]
The Hebrew word (atalleph') so rendered (Lev. 11:19; Deut.
14:18) implies "flying in the dark." The bat is reckoned among
the birds in the list of unclean animals. To cast idols to the
"moles and to the bats" means to carry them into dark caverns or
desolate places to which these animals resort (Isa. 2:20), i.e.,
to consign them to desolation or ruin.