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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. 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. Have a turn at bat
    "Jones bats first, followed by Martinez"
  4. Use a bat
    "Who's batting?"
  5. Deflect or refute an attack or argument
    "he batted down the allegations"; "she batted away their objections"
  6. Beat thoroughly and conclusively in a competition or fight
    "We batted the other team on Sunday!";
    - cream [informal], clobber [informal], drub, thrash [informal], lick [informal], marmalise [Brit, informal], marmelize [Brit, informal], marmelise [Brit, informal], wipe the floor [informal], paste [informal], beat hollow [informal], whale [N. Amer, informal], marmalize [Brit, informal], smoke [N. Amer, informal], hammer [informal], muller [Brit, informal], blow away [informal], slaughter [informal], tromp [N. Amer, informal], trounce

Sounds like: batt

Derived forms: bats, batting, 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