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battement

[bat-muh nt; French batuh-mahn] /ˈbæt mənt; French batəˈmɑ̃/
noun, plural battements
[bat-muh nts; French batuh-mahn] /ˈbæt mənts; French batəˈmɑ̃/ (Show IPA).
Ballet.
1.
a movement in which the dancer lifts one leg to the front, side, or back, and returns it to the supporting leg.
Origin
1820-1830
1820-30; < French, equivalent to batt(re) to beat (see bate2) + -ment -ment
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battement

/French batmɑ̃/
noun
1.
(ballet) extension of one leg forwards, sideways, or backwards, either once or repeatedly
Word Origin
C19: French, literally: beating
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