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(1)   (baseball) a turn trying to get a hit
"He was at bat when it happened"
"He got four hits in four at-bats"
(2)   Nocturnal mouselike mammal with forelimbs modified to form membranous wings and anatomical adaptations for echolocation by which they navigate
(3)   A club used for hitting a ball in various games
(4)   The club used in playing cricket
"A cricket bat has a narrow handle and a broad flat end for hitting"
(5)   A small racket with a long handle used for playing squash


(6)   Wink briefly
"Bat one's eyelids"
(7)   Beat thoroughly and conclusively in a competition or fight
"We licked the other team on Sunday!"
(8)   Strike with, or as if with a baseball bat
"Bat the ball"
(9)   Use a bat
"Who's batting?"
(10)   Have a turn at bat
"Jones bats first, followed by Martinez"

Etymology 1

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  1. Any of the small, nocturnal, flying mammals of the order Chiroptera, which navigate by means of echolocation. They look like a mouse with membranous wings extending from the forelimbs to the hind limbs or tail. Altogether, there are about 1,000 bat species in the world.
  2. An old woman.
  3. A low whore: so called from moving out like a bat in the dusk of the evening.

Etymology 2


  1. A club made of wood or aluminium used for striking the ball in sports such as baseball, softball and cricket.
  2. A turn at hitting the ball with a bat in a game.
  3. : The piece of wood on which the spinner places the coins and then uses for throwing them. (Reference: Sidney J. Baker, The Australian Language, second edition, 1966, chapter XI section 3, page 242.)


  1. to hit with a bat.
  2. to take a turn at hitting a ball with a bat in sports like cricket, baseball and softball, as opposed to fielding.
  3. to strike or swipe as though with a bat
    The cat batted at the toy.