batch

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Etymology 1[edit]

From Middle English bache, bæcche, from Old English bæċe, beċe (brook, stream), from Proto-Germanic *bakiz (brook), from Proto-Indo-European *bʰog- (flowing water). More at beach.

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Noun[edit]

batch (plural batches)

  1. A bank; a sandbank.
  2. A field or patch of ground lying near a stream; the dale in which a stream flows.

Etymology 2[edit]

From Middle English bache (or bacche), from Old English bæcce (something baked), from bacan (to bake). Compare German Gebäck and Dutch baksel.

Noun[edit]

batch (plural batches)

  1. The quantity of bread or other baked goods baked at one time.
    We made a batch of cookies to take to the party.
  2. A quantity of anything produced at one operation.
    We poured a bucket of water in top, and the ice maker spit out a batch of icecubes at the bottom.
  3. A group or collection of things of the same kind, such as a batch of letters or the next batch of business.
    • A new batch of Lords. --Lady M. W. Montagu.
  4. (computing) A set of data to be processed with one execution of a program.
    The system throttled itself to batches of 50 requests at a time to keep the thread count under control.
  5. (UK, dialect, Midlands) A bread roll.
  6. (Philippines) A graduating class.
    She was the valedictorian of Batch '73.
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Verb[edit]

batch (third-person singular simple present batches, present participle batching, simple past and past participle batched)

  1. To aggregate things together into a batch.
    The contractor batched the purchase orders for the entire month into one statement.
  2. (computing) To handle a set of input data or requests as a batch process.
    The purchase requests for the day were stored in a queue and batched for printing the next morning.

Adjective[edit]

batch (not comparable)

  1. Of a process, operating for a defined set of conditions, and then halting.
    The plant had two batch assembly lines for packaging, as well as a continuous feed production line.
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Etymology 3[edit]

from an abbreviation of the pronunciation of bachelor (unmarried adult male)

Verb[edit]

batch (third-person singular simple present batches, present participle batching, simple past and past participle batched)

  1. (informal) To live as a bachelor temporarily, of a married man or someone virtually married.
    I am batching next week when my wife visits her sister.
Usage notes[edit]
  • Often with it: "I usually batch it three nights a week when she calls on her out-of-town accounts."

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Noun[edit]

batch c

  1. (computing, slang) a batch (of commands, processed as a group)

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