bat

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A bat (mammal).

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Etymology 1[edit]

Dialectal variant (akin to the dialectal Swedish term natt-batta) of Middle English bakke, balke, from Scandinavian (compare Old Swedish natbakka, Old Danish nathbakkæ (literally night-flapper), Old Norse leðrblaka (literally leather-flapper)).

Noun[edit]

bat (plural bats)

  1. Any of the small, nocturnal, flying mammals of the order Chiroptera, which navigate by means of echolocation.
    • 2012, Suemedha Sood, (bbc.co.uk) Travelwise: Texas love bats [sic]
      As well as being worth millions of dollars to the Texan agriculture industry, these mammals are worth millions of dollars to the state’s tourism industry. Texas is home to the world’s largest known bat colony (in Comal County), and the world’s largest urban bat colony (in Austin). Bat watching is a common activity, with the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department offering more bat-viewing sites than anywhere else in the US.
  2. (offensive) An old woman.
  3. (obsolete, slang) A whore who prowls in the dusk/evening like a bat.
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Etymology 2[edit]

Old English batt

Noun[edit]

bat (plural bats)

  1. A club made of wood or aluminium used for striking the ball in sports such as baseball, softball and cricket.
  2. A turn at hitting the ball with a bat in a game.
  3. (two-up) The piece of wood on which the spinner places the coins and then uses for throwing them.[1]
  4. (mining) Shale or bituminous shale.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Kirwan to this entry?)
  5. A sheet of cotton used for filling quilts or comfortables; batting.
  6. A part of a brick with one whole end.
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Verb[edit]

bat (third-person singular simple present bats, present participle batting, simple past and past participle batted)

  1. (transitive) to hit with a bat.
  2. (intransitive) to take a turn at hitting a ball with a bat in sports like cricket, baseball and softball, as opposed to fielding.
  3. (intransitive) to strike or swipe as though with a bat
    The cat batted at the toy.
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References[edit]

  1. ^ Sidney J. Baker, The Australian Language, second edition, 1966, chapter XI section 3, page 242

Etymology 3[edit]

Possibly a variant of bate.

Verb[edit]

bat (third-person singular simple present bats, present participle batting, simple past and past participle batted)

  1. (transitive) to flutter: bat one's eyelashes.
Usage notes[edit]

Most commonly used in phrase bat an eye, and variants thereof.

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Etymology 4[edit]

French bât, from Old French bast, from Vulgar Latin *bastum, form of *bastāre (to carry), from Late Greek *bastân, from Ancient Greek βαστάζω (bastázō, to lift, carry).[1]

Cognate to baton.[2]

Noun[edit]

bat (plural bats)

  1. (obsolete) packsaddle
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References[edit]

  1. ^ "batman." Dictionary.com. Dictionary.com Unabridged (v 1.1). Random House, Inc. 2009.
  2. ^ bat” in Douglas Harper, Online Etymology Dictionary (2001).

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Aromanian[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

From Latin battō, from battuō. Compare Daco-Romanian bate, bat.

Verb[edit]

bat (third person singular present indicative bati/bate, past participle bãtutã)

  1. I beat, hit, strike.
  2. I defeat.

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Basque[edit]

Article[edit]

bat

  1. a, an
    • Musu batA kiss.
Basque cardinal numbers
 <  0 1 2  > 
    Cardinal : bat
    Ordinal : lehenengo

Numeral[edit]

bat

  1. one
    • Sagar bat eta lau laranja — One apple and four oranges.

Catalan[edit]

Verb[edit]

bat

  1. Third-person singular present indicative form of batre.
  2. Second-person singular imperative form of batre.

French[edit]

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bat

  1. third-person singular indicative present of battre

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German[edit]

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bat

  1. singular past tense of bitten (to please, to pray, to ask, to gratify).

Lojban[edit]

Rafsi[edit]

bat

  1. rafsi of batci.

Luo[edit]

Noun[edit]

bat (plural bede)

  1. arm

Middle Dutch[edit]

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Etymology 1[edit]

From Old Dutch *bat, *bet, from Proto-Germanic *batiz.

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Adverb[edit]

bat

  1. better; comparative form of wel
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Etymology 2[edit]

From Old Dutch *bath, from Proto-Germanic *baþą.

Noun[edit]

bat n (stem bad-)

  1. bath
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Min Nan[edit]

simpl. or
trad. or

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bat (POJ, traditional and simplified or )

  1. to know somebody; to recognize
  2. to be familiar with

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References[edit]

  • 2000, 台灣話大詞典 (Tâi-ôan-ōe tōa-sû-tián), ISBN 9573240785:

Old English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Proto-Germanic *baitaz. Related to Old Norse beit. Old Norse bātr (Icelandic: bátur) is a borrowing from Old English; German Boot and Dutch boot are loans from the Middle English descendant.

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Noun[edit]

bāt m (nominative plural bātas)

  1. boat

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Old Irish[edit]

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bat

  1. third-person plural imperative of is

Polish[edit]

bat

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Noun[edit]

bat m

  1. whip (rod)

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Romanian[edit]

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bat

  1. first-person singular present tense form of bate.
  2. first-person singular subjunctive form of bate.
  3. third-person plural present tense form of bate.

Serbo-Croatian[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Proto-Slavic *batъ.

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Noun[edit]

bȁt m (Cyrillic spelling ба̏т)

  1. mallet
  2. helve hammer

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References[edit]

  • bat” in Hrvatski jezični portal

Turkish[edit]

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bat

  1. sink (imperative)

Yucatec Maya[edit]

Noun[edit]

bat (plural bato’ob)

  1. hail, hailstone