bat

A bat is used in the sports of baseball and cricket to hit a small, hard ball. In baseball, a bat can be made out of wood or aluminum.

Bat can be a verb as well: when you're up at bat in a baseball game, it means it's your turn to bat with the bat. There is also an animal called a bat, a small, nocturnal bird-like mammal. People can be said to "bat their eyelashes," or flutter them flirtatiously, as well. This last meaning, from the mid-1800s, comes from an earlier sense of bat, "flutter like a hawk's wings."

Primary Meanings of bat

1.
nv
a club used for hitting a ball in various games
use a bat
2.
n
nocturnal mouselike mammal with forelimbs modified to form membranous wings and anatomical adaptations for echolocation by which they navigate
3.
v
wink briefly
4.
v
beat thoroughly and conclusively in a competition or fight
Full Definitions of bat
1

n a club used for hitting a ball in various games

Types:
baseball bat, lumber
an implement used in baseball by the batter
paddle
small wooden bat with a flat surface; used for hitting balls in various games
pingpong paddle, table-tennis bat, table-tennis racquet
paddle used to play table tennis
Type of:
club
stout stick that is larger at one end

n the club used in playing cricket

“a cricket bat has a narrow handle and a broad flat end for hitting”
Synonyms:
cricket bat
Type of:
cricket equipment
sports equipment used in playing cricket

n a small racket with a long handle used for playing squash

Synonyms:
squash racket, squash racquet
Type of:
racket, racquet
a sports implement (usually consisting of a handle and an oval frame with a tightly interlaced network of strings) used to strike a ball (or shuttlecock) in various games

n (baseball) a turn trying to get a hit

“he was at bat when it happened”
“he got four hits in four at- bats
Synonyms:
at-bat
Type of:
play, turn
(game) the activity of doing something in an agreed succession

v use a bat

“Who's batting?”
Type of:
hit
deal a blow to, either with the hand or with an instrument

v strike with, or as if with a baseball bat

bat the ball”
Types:
switch-hit
bat right-handed against a left-handed and left-handed against a right-handed pitcher
Type of:
hit
deal a blow to, either with the hand or with an instrument

v have a turn at bat

“Jones bats first, followed by Martinez”
Type of:
hit
deal a blow to, either with the hand or with an instrument
2

n nocturnal mouselike mammal with forelimbs modified to form membranous wings and anatomical adaptations for echolocation by which they navigate

Synonyms:
chiropteran
Types:
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fruit bat, megabat
large Old World bat of warm and tropical regions that feeds on fruit
carnivorous bat, microbat
typically having large ears and feeding primarily on insects; worldwide in distribution
flying fox
large bat with a head that resembles the head of a fox
Pteropus capestratus
a variety of fruit bat
Pteropus hypomelanus
a variety of fruit bat
harpy, harpy bat, tube-nosed bat, tube-nosed fruit bat
any of various fruit bats of the genus Nyctimene distinguished by nostrils drawn out into diverging tubes
Cynopterus sphinx
a variety of fruit eating bat
mouse-eared bat
a carnivorous bat with ears like a mouse
leaf-nosed bat, leafnose bat
bat having a leaflike flap at the end of the nose; especially of the families Phyllostomatidae and Rhinolophidae and Hipposideridae
vespertilian bat, vespertilionid
a variety of carnivorous bat
brown bat
any of numerous medium to small insectivorous bats found worldwide in caves and trees and buildings
free-tailed bat, freetail, freetailed bat
small swift insectivorous bat with leathery ears and a long tail; common in warm regions
mastiff bat
a soft-furred chocolate-brown bat with folded ears and small wings; often runs along the ground
true vampire bat, vampire bat
any of various tropical American bats of the family Desmodontidae that bite mammals and birds to feed on their blood
Type of:
eutherian, eutherian mammal, placental, placental mammal
mammals having a placenta; all mammals except monotremes and marsupials
3

v wink briefly

bat one's eyelids”
Synonyms:
flutter
Type of:
blink, nictate, nictitate, wink
briefly shut the eyes
4

v beat thoroughly and conclusively in a competition or fight

Synonyms:
clobber, cream, drub, lick, thrash
flail, lam, thrash, thresh
give a thrashing to; beat hard
Type of:
beat, beat out, crush, shell, trounce, vanquish
come out better in a competition, race, or conflict

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