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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.]


a. the act or practice of battering someone
b. (in combination): baby-battering; granny-battering.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.battering - the act of subjecting to strong attackbattering - the act of subjecting to strong attack
fighting, combat, fight, scrap - the act of fighting; any contest or struggle; "a fight broke out at the hockey game"; "there was fighting in the streets"; "the unhappy couple got into a terrible scrap"


A. N (= blows) → paliza f (Mil) → bombardeo m
the battering of the wavesel golpear de las olas
he got a battering from the criticslos críticos fueron muy duros con él, los críticos lo pusieron como un trapo
B. CPD battering ram Nariete m


[ˈbætərɪŋ] n (= maltreatment) → violences fpl physiques
to take a battering (= suffer) → souffrirbattering ram nbélier m


n (lit)Schläge pl, → Prügel pl; (of baby, wife)Misshandlung f; he/it got or took a real batteringer/es hat ganz schön was abgekriegt (inf), → es hat schwer gelitten; to give somebody a batteringjdn verprügeln; to give something a batteringetw ramponieren (inf)or demolieren (inf); he’ll give his opponent a batteringer wird es seinem Gegner geben (inf)
References in classic literature ?
The yellow men were battering at the door with javelins and axes.
What with the battering upon the door and the hacking of the red men at their chains the din within the armory was appalling.
The bandits, panting like a pack of hounds who are forcing a boar into his lair, pressed tumultuously round the great door, all disfigured by the battering ram, but still standing.
His romance and adventure were battering at the conventions.
While I was battering away at the pyramid, a sort of badger-haired old merman, with a hump on his back, takes me by the shoulders, and slews me round.
He tied some metal mugs to a dog's tail and turned him loose, and he tore around and around the place in a frenzy of fright, with all the other dogs bellowing after him and battering and crashing against everything that came in their way and making altogether a chaos of confusion and a most deafening din and turmoil; at which every man and woman of the multitude laughed till the tears flowed, and some fell out of their chairs and wallowed on the floor in ecstasy.
Rather, the expert assists in dispelling an ordinary layperson-juror's perception that a woman in a battering relationship can leave at any time.
This edition has new material and case examples and rewritten sections to reflect contemporary ideas, such as those on newer forms of battering like stalking and control, new statistics on the frequency of male-to-female battering, different forms of aggression, learned helplessness, and women who batter, as well as a new section on coping with battering and marital dissatisfaction.
I found that to be a rather sobering definition because I rather enjoy debating, but I hope that I have never done so with the idea of battering someone else down, or forcing them to accept my point of view.
To decide which women should be housed in battered women's shelters, shelter workers, movement activists, and shelter administrators have developed a definition of battering. Definitions of the "battered woman" embody the ideological component of shelter workers' normal case constructs for potential clients.
Victims repeatedly face decisions of morality, particularly during the acute battering phase of their cycle of violence.
Given the problems associated with the use of battered woman syndrome evidence, it is the conclusion of this article that expert testimony on battering needs to shift from the psychological focus conveyed by current battered woman syndrome testimony towards a conceptualization that emphasizes the social reality and context of battered women's lives.