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bat·ter 1

v. bat·tered, bat·ter·ing, bat·ters
a. To hit heavily and repeatedly with violent blows. See Synonyms at beat.
b. To subject to repeated beatings or physical abuse.
2. To damage, as by heavy wear: a shed battered by high winds.
a. To attack verbally, as with criticism.
b. To harass or distress, as with repeated questions. See Synonyms at assault.
To deliver repeated heavy blows; pound: battered on the door with both fists.
n. Printing
A damaged area on the face of type or on a plate.

[Middle English bateren, from Old French batre, from Late Latin battere, from Latin battuere.]

bat·ter 2

n. Sports
The player at bat in baseball and cricket.

bat·ter 3

A liquid or semiliquid mixture, as of flour, milk, and eggs, used in cooking.
tr.v. bat·tered, bat·ter·ing, bat·ters
To coat in batter: battered the vegetables and then fried them.

[Middle English bater, probably from Old French bateure, a beating, from batre, to beat; see batter1.]

bat·ter 4

A slope, as of the outer face of a wall, that recedes from bottom to top.
tr.v. bat·tered, bat·ter·ing, bat·ters
To construct so as to create an upwardly receding slope.

[Origin unknown.]
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1. to hit (someone or something) repeatedly using heavy blows, as with a club or other heavy instrument; beat heavily
2. (tr; often passive) to damage or injure, as by blows, heavy wear, etc
3. (Social Welfare) (tr) social welfare to subject (a person, esp a partner or close relative living in the same house) to repeated physical violence
4. (tr) to subject (a person, opinion, or theory) to harsh criticism; attack
[C14 bateren, probably from batten to bat1]


(Cookery) a mixture of flour, eggs, and milk, used to make cakes, pancakes, etc, and to coat certain foods before frying
[C15 bater, probably from bateren to batter1]


(General Sporting Terms) sport a player who bats


(Building) the slope of the face of a wall that recedes gradually backwards and upwards
(Building) (intr) to have such a slope
[C16 (vb: to incline): of uncertain origin]


a spree or debauch
[C19: of unknown origin]
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(ˈbæt ər)
1. to beat persistently or hard.
2. to subject (a person) to repeated beating or other abuse.
3. to damage by beating or subjecting to rough usage.
4. to deal heavy, repeated blows; pound steadily.
[1300–50; Middle English bateren]
bat′ter•er, n.


(ˈbæt ər)
1. a thin mixture typically of flour, milk or water, and eggs, beaten together and used to make cakes, pancakes, etc., or to coat foods before frying.
2. to coat with batter.
[1350–1400; Middle English bat(o)ur, bat(e)re, perhaps < Anglo-French bature, Old French bat(e)ure act of beating =bat(re) to beat (see bate2) + -eure <*-ātūra; see -ate2, -ure]


(ˈbæt ər)

a player who bats, as in baseball.


(ˈbæt ər)
1. (of the face of a wall or the like) to slope backward and upward.
2. a backward and upward slope of the face of a wall or the like.
[1540–50; of obscure orig.]
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Past participle: battered
Gerund: battering

I batter
you batter
he/she/it batters
we batter
you batter
they batter
I battered
you battered
he/she/it battered
we battered
you battered
they battered
Present Continuous
I am battering
you are battering
he/she/it is battering
we are battering
you are battering
they are battering
Present Perfect
I have battered
you have battered
he/she/it has battered
we have battered
you have battered
they have battered
Past Continuous
I was battering
you were battering
he/she/it was battering
we were battering
you were battering
they were battering
Past Perfect
I had battered
you had battered
he/she/it had battered
we had battered
you had battered
they had battered
I will batter
you will batter
he/she/it will batter
we will batter
you will batter
they will batter
Future Perfect
I will have battered
you will have battered
he/she/it will have battered
we will have battered
you will have battered
they will have battered
Future Continuous
I will be battering
you will be battering
he/she/it will be battering
we will be battering
you will be battering
they will be battering
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been battering
you have been battering
he/she/it has been battering
we have been battering
you have been battering
they have been battering
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been battering
you will have been battering
he/she/it will have been battering
we will have been battering
you will have been battering
they will have been battering
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been battering
you had been battering
he/she/it had been battering
we had been battering
you had been battering
they had been battering
I would batter
you would batter
he/she/it would batter
we would batter
you would batter
they would batter
Past Conditional
I would have battered
you would have battered
he/she/it would have battered
we would have battered
you would have battered
they would have battered
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.batter - (baseball) a ballplayer who is battingbatter - (baseball) a ballplayer who is batting
baseball, baseball game - a ball game played with a bat and ball between two teams of nine players; teams take turns at bat trying to score runs; "he played baseball in high school"; "there was a baseball game on every empty lot"; "there was a desire for National League ball in the area"; "play ball!"
ballplayer, baseball player - an athlete who plays baseball
bunter - a batter who bunts
designated hitter - a ballplayer who is designated to bat in place of the pitcher
pinch hitter - (baseball) a substitute for the regular batter
switch-hitter - a baseball player who can bat either right or left handed
whiffer - a batter who strikes out by swinging at and missing the third strike
2.batter - a liquid or semiliquid mixture, as of flour, eggs, and milk, used in cookingbatter - a liquid or semiliquid mixture, as of flour, eggs, and milk, used in cooking
pate a choux, pouf paste, puff batter - batter for making light hollow cases to hold various fillings
pancake batter - batter for making pancakes
fritter batter - batter for making fritters
concoction, intermixture, mixture - any foodstuff made by combining different ingredients; "he volunteered to taste her latest concoction"; "he drank a mixture of beer and lemonade"
Verb1.batter - strike against forcefullybatter - strike against forcefully; "Winds buffeted the tent"
strike - deliver a sharp blow, as with the hand, fist, or weapon; "The teacher struck the child"; "the opponent refused to strike"; "The boxer struck the attacker dead"
2.batter - strike violently and repeatedlybatter - strike violently and repeatedly; "She clobbered the man who tried to attack her"
beat up, work over, beat - give a beating to; subject to a beating, either as a punishment or as an act of aggression; "Thugs beat him up when he walked down the street late at night"; "The teacher used to beat the students"
3.batter - make a dent or impression inbatter - make a dent or impression in; "dinge a soft hat"
change form, change shape, deform - assume a different shape or form
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1. beat, hit, strike, knock, assault, smash, punch, belt (informal), deck (slang), bang, bash (informal), lash, thrash, pound, lick (informal), buffet, flog, maul, pelt, clobber (slang), smite, wallop (informal), pummel, tonk (informal), cudgel, thwack, lambast(e), belabour, dash against, beat the living daylights out of, lay one on (slang), drub He battered her around the head.
2. damage, destroy, hurt, injure, harm, ruin, crush, mar, wreck, total (slang), shatter, weaken, bruise, demolish, shiver, trash (slang), maul, mutilate, mangle, disfigure, deface, play (merry) hell with (informal) a storm that's been battering the Northeast coastline
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1. To hit heavily and repeatedly with violent blows:
Informal: lambaste.
Slang: clobber.
Idiom: rain blows on.
2. To injure or damage, as by abuse or heavy wear:
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عَجينَةٌ من الدَّقيق والحَليب والبَيْضيَغْسِل، يُحَمِّمُ الوَلَد
lúberja, hamra á
cestíčko na obaľovanie
sulu hamurakıtma hamurudurmadan sert darbelerle vurmak
bột nhão làm bánh


1 [ˈbætəʳ] N (Culin) → mezcla f para rebozar
in batterrebozado


2 [ˈbætəʳ]
A. N (Baseball, Cricket) → bateador(a) m/f BASEBALL, CRICKET
1. [+ person] → apalear; [+ wife, baby] → maltratar; [boxer] → magullar; [wind, waves] → azotar (Mil) → cañonear, bombardear
2. (verbally etc) → criticar ásperamente, poner como un trapo
batter at batter away at VI + PREPdar grandes golpes en
batter down batter in VT + ADV [+ door] → derribar a golpes
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vt [+ person] → battre; [+ thing] → battre
to batter sb to death → battre qn à mort
npâte f à frire
Collins English/French Electronic Resource. © HarperCollins Publishers 2005


n (Cook, for frying) → (Ausback)teig m; (for pancakes, waffles etc) → Teig m


n (Sport) → Schlagmann m


(= hit)einschlagen auf (+acc); (= strike repeatedly) wife, babyschlagen, (ver)prügeln; (with battering ram) → berennen; he battered him about the head with an iron barer schlug mit einer Eisenstange auf seinen Kopf ein; the ship was battered by the wavesdie Wellen krachten unentwegt gegen das Schiff; the house was battered by the windder Wind rüttelte unentwegt am Haus
(= damage)böse or übel zurichten; car also, metalzer- or verbeulen; the town was badly battered during the wardie Stadt wurde während des Krieges schwer zerbombt
(inf) opponenteins or eine draufgeben (+dat) (inf); to get batteredeins or eine draufbekommen (inf)
vischlagen, trommeln (inf); to batter at the dooran die Tür hämmern or trommeln (inf)
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1 [ˈbætəʳ] n (Culin) → pastella


2 [ˈbætəʳ] vt (person) → ridurre in cattivo stato; (wife, baby) → maltrattare; (subj, wind, waves) → colpire violentemente
batter down vt + advabbattere, buttare giù
Collins Italian Dictionary 1st Edition © HarperCollins Publishers 1995


(ˈbatə) verb
to beat with blow after blow. He was battered to death with a large stick.
battered adjective
battered wives/children; She ran away from her husband to a shelter for battered women.


(ˈbatə) noun
a mixture of flour, eggs and milk or water used in cooking. fry the fish in batter; pancake batter.
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عَجِينَة سَائِلَة مِنْ الدَّقِيقِ و البَيْض těstíčko dej Teig ζύμη masa, rebozado taikina pâte à beignet tijesto pastella (料理用の)ころも 반죽 beslag slagmann rzadkie ciasto massa crua, massa crua para fritura тесто smet ส่วนผสมที่ทำจากแป้งนมและไข่ sulu hamur bột nhão làm bánh 奶蛋面糊
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The vagabonds recovered their courage; soon the heavy joist, raised like a feather by two hundred vigorous arms, was flung with fury against the great door which they had tried to batter down.
That the largest balls thus discharged, would not only destroy whole ranks of an army at once, but batter the strongest walls to the ground, sink down ships, with a thousand men in each, to the bottom of the sea, and when linked together by a chain, would cut through masts and rigging, divide hundreds of bodies in the middle, and lay all waste before them.
They had only their hard fists to batter at the world with.
Did she go quickly from under the men's feet, or did she resist to the end, letting the sea batter her to pieces, start her butts, wrench her frame, load her with an increasing weight of salt water, and, dismasted, unmanageable, rolling heavily, her boats gone, her decks swept, had she wearied her men half to death with the unceasing labour at the pumps before she sank with them like a stone?
He provided himself with a buckler, which he begged as a loan from a friend, and, restoring his battered helmet as best he could, he warned his squire Sancho of the day and hour he meant to set out, that he might provide himself with what he thought most needful.
Here is a ragged, oriental-looking Negro from some desert place in interior Africa, filling his goatskin with water from a stained and battered fountain built by the Romans twelve hundred years ago.
Among the shifting, sonorous, pulsing crowd glimpses could be had of Jerry's high hat, battered by the winds and rains of many years; of his nose like a carrot, battered by the frolicsome, athletic progeny of millionaires and by contumacious fares; of his brass-buttoned green coat, admired in the vicinity of McGary's.
They bristled with unknown perils, and he gazed at them, fascinated, till their dazzle became a background across which moved a succession of forecastle pictures, wherein he and his mates sat eating salt beef with sheath-knives and fingers, or scooping thick pea-soup out of pannikins by means of battered iron spoons.
Down the road came striding the shabby figure of the old woman who had helped him set the trap; and very wrathy was she when she saw that the cottage door had been battered in.
He gained a little in strength; but his appearance never altered for the better--a human derelict, battered and wrecked, they had found him; a human derelict, battered and wrecked, he would remain until death claimed him.
The second act opened before Philly Doyle's underground still, with Peggy and her battered donkey come in to smuggle a load of potheen across the bog, and to bring Philly word of what was doing in the world without, and of what was happening along the roadsides and ditches with the first gleam of fine weather.
Coutras made an effort of will and bent over that battered horror.