—n. 1. Sports. a. the wooden club used in certain games, as baseball and cricket, to strike the ball.
b. a racket, esp. one used in badminton or table tennis.
c. a whip used by a jockey.
d. the act of using a club or racket in a game.
e. the right or turn to use a club or racket.
2. a heavy stick, club, or cudgel.
3. Informal.a blow, as with a bat.
4. any fragment of brick or hardened clay.
5. Masonry.a brick cut transversely so as to leave one end whole.
6. Brit. Slang.speed; rate of motion or progress, esp. the pace of the stroke or step of a race.
7. Slang.a spree; binge: to go on a bat. 8. Ceram. a. a sheet of gelatin or glue used in bat printing.
b. a slab of moist clay.
c. a ledge or shelf in a kiln.
d. a slab of plaster for holding a piece being modeled or for absorbing excess water from slip.
10. at bat,Baseball. a. taking one's turn to bat in a game: at bat with two men in scoring position. b. an instance at bat officially charged to a batter except when the batter is hit by a pitch, receives a base on balls, is interfered with by the catcher, or makes a sacrifice hit or sacrifice fly: two hits in three at bats. 11. go to bat for,Informal.to intercede for; vouch for; defend: to go to bat for a friend. 12. right off the bat,Informal.at once; without delay: They asked me to sing right off the bat.
—v.t. 1. to strike or hit with or as if with a bat or club.
2. Baseball.to have a batting average of; hit: He batted .325 in spring training.
—v.i. 1. Sports. a. to strike at the ball with the bat.
b. to take one's turn as a batter.
2. Slang.to rush.
3. bat around, a. Slang.to roam; drift.
b. Informal.to discuss or ponder; debate: We batted the idea around. c. Baseball.to have every player in the lineup take a turn at bat during a single inning.
4. bat in,Baseball.to cause (a run) to be scored by getting a hit: He batted in two runs with a double to left. 5. bat out, to do, write, produce, etc., hurriedly: I have to bat out a term paper before class. 6. bat the breeze. See breeze1 (def. 5).
Pronunciation: (bat),[key] —n. 1. any of numerous flying mammals of the order Chiroptera, of worldwide distribution in tropical and temperate regions, having modified forelimbs that serve as wings and are covered with a membranous skin extending to the hind limbs.
2. blind as a bat, nearly or completely blind; having very poor vision: Anyone can tell that he's blind as a bat, but he won't wear glasses. 3. have bats in one's belfry,Informal.to have crazy ideas; be very peculiar, erratic, or foolish: If you think you can row across the ocean in that boat, you have bats in your belfry.
Pronunciation: (bat),[key] —v.t.,bat•ted, bat•ting. 1. to blink; wink; flutter.
2. not bat an eye, to show no emotion or surprise; maintain a calm exterior: The murderer didn't bat an eye when the jury announced its verdict of guilty.