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Noun, Verb (usu participle)


Noun Bat has 5 senses

Verb Bat has 5 senses


Batn. [OE. batte, botte, AS. batt; perhaps fr. the Celtic; cf. Ir. bat, bata, stick, staff; but cf. also F. batte a beater (thing), wooden sword, battre to beat.].
  •  A large stick; a club; specifically, a piece of wood with one end thicker or broader than the other, used in playing baseball, cricket, etc.  [1913 Webster]
  •  In badminton, tennis, and similar games, a racket.  [Webster 1913 Suppl.]
  •  A sheet of cotton used for filling quilts or comfortables; batting.  [1913 Webster]
  •  A part of a brick with one whole end; a brickbat.  [1913 Webster]
  •  Shale or bituminous shale.  Kirwan.  [1913 Webster]
  •  A stroke; a sharp blow.  [Webster 1913 Suppl.]
  •  A stroke of work.  [Webster 1913 Suppl.]
  •  Rate of motion; speed.  Pall Mall Mag.  [Webster 1913 Suppl.]
  •  A spree; a jollification.  [Webster 1913 Suppl.]
  •  Manner; rate; condition; state of health.  [Webster 1913 Suppl.]
Bat bolt (Machinery), a bolt barbed or jagged at its butt or tang to make it hold the more firmly. Knight.
Batv. t. 
     To strike or hit with a bat or a pole; to cudgel; to beat.  Holland.  [1913 Webster]
Batv. i. 
     To use a bat, as in a game of baseball; when used with a numerical postmodifier it indicates a baseball player's performance (as a decimal) at bat; as, he batted .270 in 1993 (i.e. he got safe hits in 27 percent of his official turns at bat).  [1913 Webster]
Batv. t. & i. 
  •  To bate or flutter, as a hawk.  [Webster 1913 Suppl.]
  •  To wink.  [Webster 1913 Suppl.]
Batn. [Corrupt. from OE. back, backe, balke; cf. Dan. aften-bakke (aften evening), Sw. natt-backa (natt night), Icel. leblaka (le leather), Icel. blaka to flutter.].
     One of the Chiroptera, an order of flying mammals, in which the wings are formed by a membrane stretched between the elongated fingers, legs, and tail. The common bats are small and insectivorous. See Chiroptera and Vampire.  [1913 Webster]
    "Silent bats in drowsy clusters cling."  [1913 Webster]
Bat tick (Zoöl.), a wingless, dipterous insect of the genus Nycteribia, parasitic on bats.
Batn. [Siamese.].
     Same as Tical, n., 1.  [Webster 1913 Suppl.]


Bat, n. & v.
1 an implement with a handle, usu. of wood and with a flat or curved surface, used for hitting balls in games.
2 a turn at using this.
3 a batsman, esp. in cricket, usu. described in some way (an excellent bat).
4 (usu. in pl.) an object like a table-tennis bat used to guide aircraft when taxiing.
--v. (batted, batting)
1 tr. hit with or as with a bat.
2 intr. take a turn at batting.

bat around
1 sl. potter aimlessly.
2 US discuss (an idea or proposal). off one's own bat unprompted, unaided. right off the bat US immediately.
Bat, n. any mouselike nocturnal mammal of the order Chiroptera, capable of flight by means of membranous wings extending from its forelimbs.

have bats in the belfry be eccentric or crazy. like a bat out of hell very fast.
Bat, v.tr. (batted, batting) wink (one's eyelid) (now usu. in phr.).

not (or never) bat an eyelid colloq. show no reaction or emotion.
var. of obs. bate flutter



Angora goat, Arctic fox, Belgian hare, Caffre cat, Indian buffalo, Kodiak bear, Virginia deer, aardvark, aardwolf, agate, alpaca, anteater, antelope, antelope chipmunk, aoudad, apar, armadillo, ass, aurochs, bacchanal, bacchanalia, bacchanalian, badger, bag, ball, bandicoot, bang, baseball bat, bash, bassarisk, baton, battledore, bauble, bear, beating, beaver, beldam, belt, bender, bettong, biddy, biff, billy club, binge, binturong, bison, black bear, black buck, black cat, black fox, black sheep, blind man, blink, blocks, blow, bludgeon, blue fox, bobcat, bonk, booze, bop, bout, brown bear, brush deer, brush wolf, buffalo, buffalo wolf, bum, burro, burro deer, bust, cachalot, camel, camelopard, capybara, carabao, caribou, carousal, carouse, carpincho, cat, cat-a-mountain, catamount, cattalo, cavy, celebration, celerity, chamois, checkerboard, cheetah, chessboard, chevrotain, chinchilla, chipmunk, chop, cinnamon bear, clap, clip, clobber, clout, club, clump, cockhorse, coldcock, compotation, coon, coon cat, cotton mouse, cotton rat, cougar, cow, coyote, coypu, crack, cricket bat, crone, cue, cut, dash, deal, deal a blow, debauch, deck, deer, deer tiger, dig, dingo, dint, dog, doll, doll carriage, donkey, dormouse, drab, drift, drinking bout, dromedary, drub, drubbing, drumming, drunk, drunken carousal, echidna, eland, elephant, elk, ermine, escapade, eyra, fallow deer, ferret, fetch, fetch a blow, field mouse, fisher, fitch, fling, flying phalanger, foumart, fox, fox squirrel, fusillade, gad, gait, gallivant, gazelle, gemsbok, genet, gewgaw, gimcrack, giraffe, glutton, gnu, gnu goat, goat, goat antelope, golf club, gopher, grizzly bear, ground squirrel, groundhog, guanaco, guinea pig, guzzle, hamster, hare, harnessed antelope, hartebeest, hedgehog, hippopotamus, hit, hit a clip, hobbyhorse, hog, horse, hyena, hyrax, ibex, jab, jack-in-the-box, jackal, jackass, jackrabbit, jacks, jackstones, jackstraws, jag, jaguar, jaguarundi, jerboa, jerboa kangaroo, kaama, kangaroo, kangaroo mouse, kangaroo rat, karakul, kickshaw, kinkajou, kit fox, knickknack, knobkerrie, knock, knock cold, knock down, knock out, koala, lapin, lark, lemming, leopard, leopard cat, lick, lion, llama, lynx, mace, mammoth, mara, marble, marionette, marmot, marten, mastodon, meander, meerkat, mig, mink, mole, mongoose, mooch, moose, mouflon, mountain goat, mountain lion, mountain sheep, mouse, mule, mule deer, muntjac, musk deer, musk hog, musk-ox, muskrat, musquash, nictitate, nilgai, nutria, ocelot, okapi, onager, oont, opossum, orgy, otter, ounce, ox, pace, pack rat, painter, panda, pangolin, panther, paper doll, paste, peccary, pelt, peludo, phalanger, pick-up sticks, pig, pine mouse, pinwheel, platypus, plaything, ploy, plunk, pocket gopher, pocket mouse, pocket rat, poke, polar bear, polar fox, polecat, porcupine, possum, potation, pouched rat, pound, poyou, prairie dog, prairie wolf, pronghorn, pub-crawl, puma, punch, puppet, quickness, rabbit, raccoon, racket, rag doll, ramble, randan, randy, rap, rapidity, rat, red deer, red squirrel, reindeer, revel, rhinoceros, roam, rocking horse, roe, roe deer, roebuck, rove, sable, serval, sheep, shillelagh, shrew, shrew mole, sika, silver fox, skunk, slam, slog, sloth, slug, smack, smash, smite, snap, snowshoe rabbit, soak, sock, sport, spree, springbok, squirrel, steelie, stoat, strike, strike at, stroke, suslik, swamp rabbit, swat, swiftness, swine, swing, swipe, symposium, takin, tamandua, tamarin, tapir, tarpan, tatou, tatou peba, tatouay, tattoo, taw, tear, teetotum, the blind, the sightless, the unseeing, thump, thwack, tiger, tiger cat, timber wolf, toot, top, toy, toy soldier, traipse, tree shrew, trinket, trot, truncheon, twinkle, urus, velocity, vole, wallaby, wallop, war club, warthog, wassail, water buffalo, waterbuck, weasel, whack, wham, wharf rat, whim-wham, whistler, white fox, whop, wild ass, wild boar, wild goat, wild ox, wildcat, wildebeest, wingding, witch, wolf, wolverine, wombat, wood rat, woodchuck, woolly mammoth, yak, yerk, zebra, zebu, zoril




N arm, arms, weapon, deadly weapon, armament, armaments, armature, panoply, stand of arms, armor, armory, apparatus belli, ammunition, powder, powder and shot, cartridge, ball cartridge, cartouche, fireball, villainous saltpeter, dumdum bullet, explosive, gunpowder, guncotton, mercury fulminate, picrates, pentaerythritol tetranitrate, PETN, high explosive, trinitrotoluene, TNT, dynamite, melinite, cordite, lyddite, plastic explosive, plastique, pyroxyline, sword, saber, broadsword, cutlass, falchion, scimitar, cimeter, brand, whinyard, bilbo, glaive, glave, rapier, skean, Toledo, Ferrara, tuck, claymore, adaga, baselard, Lochaber ax, skean dhu, creese, kris, dagger, dirk, banger, poniard, stiletto, stylet, dudgeon, bayonet, sword-bayonet, sword-stick, side arms, foil, blade, steel, ax, bill, pole-ax, battle-ax, gisarme, halberd, partisan, tomahawk, bowie knife, ataghan, attaghan, yataghan, yatacban, assagai, assegai, good sword, trusty sword, naked sword, cold steel, club, mace, truncheon, staff, bludgeon, cudgel, life preserver, shillelah, sprig, hand staff, quarter staff, bat, cane, stick, knuckle duster, billy, blackjack, sandbag, waddy, gun, piece, firearms, artillery, ordnance, siege train, battering train, park, battery, cannon, gun of position, heavy gun, field piece, mortar, howitzer, carronade, culverin, basilisk, falconet, jingal, swivel, pederero, bouche a feu, petard, torpedo, mitrailleur, mitrailleuse, infernal machine, smooth bore, rifled cannon, Armstrong gun, Lancaster gun, Paixhan gun, Whitworth gun, Parrott gun, Krupp gun, Gatling gun, Maxim gun, machine gun, pompom, ten pounder, small arms, musket, musketry, firelock, fowling piece, rifle, fusil, caliver, carbine, blunderbuss, musketoon, Brown Bess, matchlock, harquebuss, arquebus, haguebut, pistol, postolet, petronel, small bore, breach-loader, muzzle-loader, revolver, repeater, Minis rifle, Enfield rifle, Flobert rifle, Westley Richards rifle, Snider rifle, Martini-Henry rifle, Lee-Metford rifle, Lee-Enfield rifle, Mauser rifle, magazine rifle, needle gun, chassepot, wind gun, air gun, automatic gun, automatic pistol, escopet, escopette, gunflint, gun- lock, hackbut, shooter, shooting iron, six-shooter, shotgun, Uzzi, assault rifle, Kalashnikov, bow, crossbow, balister, catapult, sling, battering ram, gunnery, ballistics, missile, bolt, projectile, shot, ball, grape, grape shot, canister shot, bar shot, cannon shot, langrel shot, langrage shot, round shot, chain shot, balista, ballista, slung shot, trebucbet, trebucket, bullet, slug, stone, brickbat, grenade, shell, bomb, carcass, rocket, congreve, congreve rocket, shrapnel, mitraille, levin bolt, levin brand, thunderbolt, pike, lance, spear, spontoon, javelin, dart, jereed, jerid, arrow, reed, shaft, bolt, boomerang, harpoon, gaff, eelspear, oxgoad, weet-weet, wommerah, cattle prod, chemical mace, en flute, nervos belli pecuniam infinitam.


N amusement, entertainment, recreation, fun, game, fun and games, diversion, divertissement, reaction, solace, pastime, passetemps, sport, labor of love, pleasure, relaxation, leisure, fun, frolic, merriment, jollity, joviality, jovialness, heyday, laughter, jocosity, jocoseness, drollery, buffoonery, tomfoolery, mummery, pleasantry, wit, quip, quirk, giggle, titter, snigger, snicker, crow, cheer, chuckle, shout, horse laugh, belly laugh, hearty laugh, guffaw, burst of laughter, fit of laughter, shout of laughter, roar of laughter, peal of laughter, cachinnation, Kentish fire, tiger, play, game, game at romps, gambol, romp, prank, antic, rig, lark, spree, skylarking, vagary, monkey trick, gambade, fredaine, escapade, echappee, bout, espieglerie, practical joke, dance, hop, reel, rigadoon, saraband, hornpipe, bolero, ballroom dance, minuet, waltz, polka, fox trot, tango, samba, rhumba, twist, stroll, hustle, cha-cha, fandango, cancan, bayadere, breakdown, cake-walk, cornwallis, break dancing, nautch-girl, shindig, skirtdance, stag dance, Virginia reel, square dance, galop, galopade, jig, Irish jig, fling, strathspey, allemande, gavot, gavotte, tarantella, mazurka, morisco, morris dance, quadrille, country dance, folk dance, cotillon, Sir Roger de Coverley, ballet, ball, bal, bal masque, bal costume, masquerade, Terpsichore, festivity, merrymaking, party, blowout, hullabaloo, hoedown, bat, bum, bust, clambake, donation party, fish fry, jamboree, kantikoy, nautch, randy, squantum, tear, Turnerfest, yule log, fete, festival, gala, ridotto, revels, revelry, reveling, carnival, brawl, saturnalia, high jinks, feast, banquet, regale, symposium, wassail, carouse, carousal, jollification, junket, wake, Irish wake, picnic, fete champetre, regatta, field day, treat, round of pleasures, dissipation, a short life and a merry one, racketing, holiday making, rejoicing, jubilee, bonfire, fireworks, feu-de-joie, firecracker, holiday, gala day, red letter day, play day, high days and holidays, high holiday, Bank holiday, May day, Derby day, Saint Monday, Easter Monday, Whit Monday, Bairam, wayz-goos, bean feast, Arbor Day, Declaration Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Memorial Day, Thanksgiving Day, Mardi gras, mi-careme, feria, fiesta, place of amusement, theater, hall, concert room, ballroom, assemblyroom, music hall, park, plaisance, national park, national forest, state park, county park, city park, vest-pocket park, public park (public), arbor, garden, pleasure ground, playground, cricketground, croquet ground, archery ground, hunting ground, tennis court, racket court, bowling alley, green alley, croquet lawn, rink, glaciarum, skating rink, roundabout, merry-go-round, swing, montagne Russe, game of chance, game of skill, athletic sports, gymnastics, archery, rifle shooting, tournament, pugilism, sports, horse racing, the turf, aquatics, skating, sliding, cricket, tennis, lawn tennis, hockey, football, baseball, soccer, ice hockey, basketball, rackets, fives, trap bat and ball, battledore and shuttlecock, la grace, pall- mall, tipcat, croquet, golf, curling, pallone, polo, water polo, tent pegging, tilting at the ring, quintain, greasy pole, quoits, horseshoes, discus, rounders, lacrosse, tobogganing, water polo, knurr and spell, leapfrog, hop skip and jump, mother may I, French and English, tug of war, blindman's bluff, hunt the slopper, hide and seek, kiss in the ring, snapdragon, cross questions and crooked answers, crisscross, hopscotch, jacks, jackstones, marbles, mumblety-peg, mumble-the-peg, pushball, shinney, shinny, tag, billiards, pool, pingpong, pyramids, bagatelle, bowls, skittles, ninepins, kain, American bowls, tenpins, tivoli, cards, card games, whist, rubber, round game, loo, cribbage, besique, euchre, drole, ecarte, picquet, allfours, quadrille, omber, reverse, Pope Joan, commit, boston, boaston, blackjack, twenty- one, vingtun, quinze, thirty-one, put, speculation, connections, brag, cassino, lottery, commerce, snip-snap-snoren, lift smoke, blind hookey, Polish bank, Earl of Coventry, Napoleon, patience, pairs, banker, blind poker, draw poker, straight poker, stud poker, bluff, bridge, bridge whist, lotto, monte, three-card monte, nap, penny-ante, poker, reversis, squeezers, old maid, fright, beggar-my- neighbor, baccarat, ace, king, queen, knave, jack, ten, nine, eight, seven, six, five, four, trey, deuce, joker, trump, wild card, spades, hearts, clubs, diamonds, major suit, minor suit, bower, right bower, left bower, dummy, jackpot, deck, pair, two pair, three of a kind, straight, flush, full-house, four of a kind, royal flush, misere chess, draughts, checkers, checquers, backgammon, dominos, merelles, nine men's morris, go bang, solitaire, game of fox and goose, monopoly, loto, scrabble, scribbage, boggle, crossword puzzle, hangman, morra, gambling, toy, plaything, bauble, doll, teetotum, knickknack, magic lantern, peep show, puppet show, raree show, gallanty show, toy shop, quips and cranks and wanton wiles, nods and becks and wreathed smiles, entertainer, showman, showgirl, dancer, tap dancer, song-and-dance man, vaudeville act, singer, musician, sportsman, gamester, reveler, master of ceremonies, master of revels, pompom girl, arbiter elegantiarum, arbiter bibendi, archer, fan, toxophilite, turfman, amusing, entertaining, diverting, recreational, recreative, lusory, pleasant, laughable, witty, fun, festive, festal, jovial, jolly, jocund, roguish, rompish, playful, playful as a kitten, sportive, ludibrious, funny, very funny, hilarious, uproarious, side-splitting, amused, pleased with a rattle, tickled with a straw, laughing, risible, ready to burst, ready to split, ready to die with laughter, convulsed with laughter, rolling in the aisles, on the light fantastic toe, at play, in sport, Int, vive la bagatelle!, vogue la galere!, deus nobis haec otia fecit, dum vivimus vivamus, dulce est desipere in loco, (every room) hath blazed with lights and brayed wi, misce stullitiam consiliis brevem.


N impulse, sudden thought, impromptu, improvisation, inspiration, flash, spurt, improvisatore, creature of impulse, extemporaneous, impulsive, indeliberate, snap, improvised, improvisate, improvisatory, unpremeditated, unmeditated, improvise, unprompted, unguided, natural, unguarded, spontaneous, instinctive, extempore, extemporaneously, offhand, impromptu, a limproviste, improviso, on the spur of the moment, on the spur of the occasion, impulse, impulsion, impetus, momentum, push, pulsion, thrust, shove, jog, jolt, brunt, booming, boost, throw, explosion, propulsion, percussion, concussion, collision, occursion, clash, encounter, cannon, carambole, appulse, shock, crash, bump, impact, elan, charge, beating, blow, dint, stroke, knock, tap, rap, slap, smack, pat, dab, fillip, slam, bang, hit, whack, thwack, cuff, squash, dowse, swap, whap, punch, thump, pelt, kick, punce, calcitration, ruade, arietation, cut, thrust, lunge, yerk, carom, carrom, clip, jab, plug, sidewinder, sidewipe, sideswipe, hammer, sledge hammer, mall, maul, mallet, flail, ram, rammer, battering ram, monkey, pile-driving engine, punch, bat, cant hook, cudgel, ax, dynamics, seismometer, accelerometer, earthquake detector, impelling, impulsive, impellent, booming, dynamic, dynamical, impelled, a hit, a very palpable hit.

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