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[n] a turn batting (in baseball); "he was at bat when it happened"; "he got 4 hits in 4 at-bats"
[n] nocturnal mouselike mammal with forelimbs modified to form membranous wings and anatomical adaptations for echolocation by which they navigate
[n] a club used for hitting a ball in various games
[n] a bat used in playing cricket
[n] a small racket with a long handle used for playing squash
[v] wink briefly; "bat one's eyelids"
[v] beat thoroughly in a competition or fight; "We licked the other team on Sunday!"
[v] strike with, or as if with a baseball bat; "bat the ball"
[v] use a bat; "Who's batting?"
[v] have a turn at bat; "Jones bats first, followed by Martinez"

Misc. Definitions

\Bat\, n. [OE. batte, botte, AS. batt; perhaps fr. the Celtic; cf. Ir. bat, bata, stick, staff; but cf. also F. batte a beater (thing), wooden sword, battre to beat.]
1. A large stick; a club; specifically, a piece of wood with one end thicker or broader than the other, used in playing baseball, cricket, etc.
2. (Mining) Shale or bituminous shale. --Kirwan.
3. A sheet of cotton used for filling quilts or comfortables; batting.
4. A part of a brick with one whole end. {Bat bolt} (Machinery), a bolt barbed or jagged at its butt or tang to make it hold the more firmly. --Knight.
\Bat\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Batted} (?); p. pr. & vb. n. {Batting}.] To strike or hit with a bat or a pole; to cudgel; to beat. --Holland.
\Bat\, v. i. To use a bat, as in a game of baseball.
\Bat\, n. [Corrupt. from OE. back, backe, balke; cf. Dan. aften-bakke (aften evening), Sw. natt-backa (natt night), Icel. le[eth]r-blaka (le[eth]r leather), Icel. blaka to flutter.] (Zo["o]l.) One of the Cheiroptera, an order of flying mammals, in which the wings are formed by a membrane stretched between the elongated fingers, legs, and tail. The common bats are small and insectivorous. See {Cheiroptera} and {Vampire}. {Bat tick} (Zo["o]l.), a wingless, dipterous insect of the genus {Nycteribia}, parasitic on bats.
\Bat\, n. [Siamese.] Same as {Tical}, n.,
1.
\Bat\, v. t. & i.
1. To bate or flutter, as a hawk. [Obs. or Prov. Eng.]
2. To wink. [Local, U. S. & Prov Eng.]
\Bat\, n.
1. In badminton, tennis, and similar games, a racket.
2. A stroke; a sharp blow. [Colloq. or Slang]
3. A stroke of work. [Scot. & Prov. Eng.]
4. Rate of motion; speed. [Colloq.] ``A vast host of fowl . . . making at full bat for the North Sea.'' --Pall Mall Mag.
5. A spree; a jollification. [Slang, U. S.]
6. Manner; rate; condition; state of health. [Scot. & Prov. Eng.]

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