batter

1 [bat-er]
verb (used with object)
1.
to beat persistently or hard; pound repeatedly.
2.
to damage by beating or hard usage: Rough roads had battered the car. High winds were battering the coast.
verb (used without object)
3.
to deal heavy, repeated blows; pound steadily: continuing to batter at the front door.
noun
4.
Printing.
a.
a damaged area on the face of type or plate.
b.
the resulting defect in print.

Origin:
1300–50; Middle English bateren, probably < Middle French, Old French batre to beat (see bate2), with the infinitive ending identified with -er6; compare Anglo-French baterer


1. belabor, smite, pelt. 2. bruise, wound; smash, shatter, shiver; destroy, ruin.
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batter

2 [bat-er]
noun
1.
a mixture of flour, milk or water, eggs, etc., beaten together for use in cookery.
verb (used with object)
2.
to coat with batter.

Origin:
1350–1400; Middle English bat(o)ur, bat(e)re, perhaps < Anglo-French bature, Old French bat(e)ure act of beating (bat(re) to beat (see bate2) + -eure < *-ātūra; see -ate2, -ure), reinforced by batter1

batter

3 [bat-er]
noun
a player who swings a bat or whose turn it is to bat, as in baseball or cricket.

Origin:
1765–75; bat1 + -er1

batter

4 [bat-er] Architecture.
verb (used without object)
1.
(of the face of a wall or the like) to slope backward and upward.
noun
2.
a backward and upward slope of the face of a wall or the like.

Origin:
1540–50; of obscure origin

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batter1 (ˈbætə)
 
vb
1.  to hit (someone or something) repeatedly using heavy blows, as with a club or other heavy instrument; beat heavily
2.  (tr; often passive) to damage or injure, as by blows, heavy wear, etc
3.  (tr) social welfare to subject (a person, esp a close relative living in the same house) to repeated physical violence
4.  (tr) to subject (a person, opinion, or theory) to harsh criticism; attack
 
[C14 bateren, probably from batten to bat1]

batter2 (ˈbætə)
 
n
a mixture of flour, eggs, and milk, used to make cakes, pancakes, etc, and to coat certain foods before frying
 
[C15 bater, probably from bateren to batter1]

batter3 (ˈbætə)
 
n
sport a player who bats

batter4 (ˈbætə)
 
n
1.  the slope of the face of a wall that recedes gradually backwards and upwards
 
vb
2.  (intr) to have such a slope
 
[C16 (vb: to incline): of uncertain origin]

batter5 (ˈbætə)
 
n
a spree or debauch
 
[C19: of unknown origin]

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Word Origin & History

batter
"strike repeatedly, beat violently and rapidly," early 14c., from O.Fr. batre "to beat, strike" (11c., Mod.Fr. battre "to beat, to strike"), from L. battuere "to beat, strike," an old word in Latin, but almost certainly borrowed from Gaulish, from PIE base *bhau- "to strike" (cf. Welsh bathu "beat;"
O.E. beadu "battle," beatan "to beat," bytl "hammer, mallet"). Began to be widely used 1962 in reference to domestic abuse. Battering-ram is an ancient weapon (L. aries), but the word attested only from 1610s.

batter
"flour, eggs, and milk beaten together," late 14c., from O.Fr. batteure "a beating," from L. battuere (see batter (v.)).
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batter

mixture of flour and liquid with other ingredients, such as leavening agents, shortening, sugar, salt, eggs, and various flavouring materials, used to make baked products

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Example sentences
Fold the flour mixture into the batter until combined.
Pour baking powder batter into mold and level the surface.
Place baking soda in a small dish, stir in vinegar and add to batter with
  machine running.
Spread the batter with the back of the spoon until it makes a thin circle three
  inches across.
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