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batch1

[bach] /bætʃ/
noun
1.
a quantity or number coming at one time or taken together:
a batch of prisoners.
2.
the quantity of material prepared or required for one operation:
mixing a batch of concrete.
3.
the quantity of bread, cookies, dough, or the like, made at one baking.
4.
Computers.
  1. a group of jobs, data, or programs treated as a unit for computer processing.
  2. batch processing.
5.
Glassmaking.
  1. a quantity of raw materials mixed in proper proportions and prepared for fusion into glass.
  2. the material so mixed.
verb (used with object)
6.
to combine, mix, or process in a batch.
Origin
late Middle English
1400-1450
1400-50; late Middle English bache, akin to bacan to bake; compare Old English gebæc, German Gebäck batch
Synonyms
1. group, lot, number, bunch, gang, set, pack, flock, troop.

batch2

[bach] /bætʃ/
verb (used without object), noun
1.
bach.
Origin
tch to clarify and normalize pronunciation
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Examples from the web for batches
  • We make everything from lasagna to popovers, albeit in small batches, and can broil even smaller batches in the toaster oven.
  • Whip up six equal batches of batter: three with beer and each of the flours, and three with water and each of the flours.
  • Again, leftover pesto can be frozen in small batches to use later.
  • The small batches that have been distributed to campuses this fall are mostly going to health-care workers.
  • Of course, it's early days so prices are for test batches and will not hold if such fuels scale up.
  • Scaling up is more often the problem than achieving smaller test batches.
  • Nowadays industrial dairy plants mix milk batches from a large number of farms, therefore the toxicity is greatly reduced.
  • If you want to make two batches, start the second while the first is in the canner.
  • It's crafted in small batches and has incredible flavor.
  • Working in small batches, transfer soup to a blender or food processor and whirl until smooth.
British Dictionary definitions for batches

batch1

/bætʃ/
noun
1.
a group or set of usually similar objects or people, esp if sent off, handled, or arriving at the same time
2.
the bread, cakes, etc, produced at one baking
3.
the amount of a material needed for an operation
4.
Also called batch loaf. a tall loaf having a close texture and a thick crust on the top and bottom, baked as part of a batch: the sides of each loaf are greased so that they will pull apart after baking to have pale crumby sides; made esp in Scotland and Ireland Compare pan loaf
verb (transitive)
5.
to group (items) for efficient processing
6.
to handle by batch processing
Word Origin
C15 bache; related to Old English bacan to bake; compare Old English gebæc batch, German Gebäck

batch2

/bætʃ/
verb (Austral & NZ, informal)
1.
(intransitive) (of a man) to do his own cooking and housekeeping
2.
to live alone
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Word Origin and History for batches

batch

n.

Old English *bæcce "something baked," from bacan "bake" (see bake (v.)). Batch is to bake as watch (n.) is to wake and match (n.2) "one of a pair" is to make. Extended 1713 to "any quantity produced at one operation."

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Slang definitions & phrases for batches

batch

Related Terms

bach, lay a batch


The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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