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  Dictionary Definition of bat

bat [1]
noun
1. Sport a. the club used in certain games, as cricket and baseball, to strike the ball. b. a racquet, especially one used in table tennis.
2. the right or turn to bat.
3. a batsman: he is a good bat.
4. a heavy stick, club, or cudgel.
5. Colloquial a blow as with a bat.
6. any fragment of brick or hardened clay.
7. kip2.
8. a thin flat piece of wood with a handle used for beating flat or tenderising meat such as cutlets.
9. Colloquial rate of motion: to go at a fair bat.
10. Colloquial a spree; binge: to go on a bat.
11. batt.
12. a small length of thin wood used as an inner support for a confection: an ice-cream bat.
13. a rectangular-shaped ice-cream on a bat.
-- verb ( batted, batting )
-- verb (t)
14. to strike or hit with or as with a bat or club.
-- verb (i)
15. Colloquial to rush ( away, around, etc.).
16. Cricket, etc. a. to strike at the ball with the bat. b. to take one's turn at batting.
-- phrase
17. bat along, to travel at speed.
18. carry one's bat, a. Cricket to continue batting undismissed to the end of an innings. b. Colloquial to accomplish any difficult, lengthy, or dangerous task.
19. go in to bat for ; bat for, Colloquial to take action in support of: I'm glad you're going in to bat for me.
20. off one's own bat, independently; without prompting or assistance.
[ME batte, OE batt cudgel]