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  1. present participle of bate



  1. (now rare) Apart from; except.
    • 1673-4, John Locke, On the Difference between Civil and Ecclesiastical Power, Indorsed Excommunication:
      ‘The laws of religious society, bating those which are only subservient to the order necessary to their execution, are immutable, not subject to any authority of the society, but only proposed by and within the society, but made by a lawgiver without the society, and paramount to it.’
    • 1748, Samuel Richardson, Clarissa, Letter 79:
      I replied, That he was a very unworthy man, if it were true, to speak slightingly of a family, which was as good as his own, bating that it was not allied to the peerage […].
    • 1817, Walter Scott, Rob Roy, XIII:
      ‘There is but little I have heard from you which I did not expect to hear, and which I ought not to have expected; because, bating one circumstance, it is all very true.’


bating (comparative more bating, superlative most bating)

  1. (Cornwall, Devon, dialect) Of the moon, when it is waning.