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Noun: bat  bat
  1. Nocturnal mouselike mammal with forelimbs modified to form membranous wings and anatomical adaptations for echolocation by which they navigate
    - chiropteran, flittermouse [archaic]
     
  2. A club used for hitting a ball in various games
     
  3. (baseball) a turn trying to get a hit
    "he was at bat when it happened"; "he got four hits in four at-bats";
    - at-bat
     
  4. A small racket with a long handle used for playing squash
    - squash racket, squash racquet
     
  5. The club used in playing cricket
    "a cricket bat has a narrow handle and a broad flat end for hitting";
    - cricket bat
Verb: bat (batted,batting)  bat
  1. (baseball) Strike (a ball in a game) with a baseball, cricket or other type of bat
    "bat the ball"
     
  2. Wink briefly
    "bat one's eyelids";
    - flutter
     
  3. (baseball) have a turn at bat
    "Jones bats first, followed by Martinez"
     
  4. (baseball) use a bat
    "Who's batting?"
     
  5. Beat thoroughly and conclusively in a competition or fight
    "We batted the other team on Sunday!";
    - cream, clobber, drub, thrash, lick, beat hollow, smoke [N. Amer], hammer, tromp [N. Amer], muller [Brit], trounce, whale [N. Amer], slaughter, wipe the floor

Sounds like: batt

Derived forms: batting, bats, batted

Type of: beat, beat out, blink, club, cricket equipment, crush, eutherian, eutherian mammal, hit, nictate, nictitate, placental, placental mammal, play, racket, racquet, shell, trounce, turn, vanquish, wink

Part of: Chiroptera, order Chiroptera

Encyclopedia: Bat, leaf nosed