batter

To batter is to beat repeatedly, as if one boxer were clobbering another with blows.

Batter is one of those words with many meanings that seem entirely unrelated to each other. You can batter by hitting again and again, but there's also a batter in baseball — the guy who's holding a bat and waiting for the pitcher to throw the ball. Yet another meaning is the batter you mix up when you're making muffins, using eggs, flour, milk, and sugar. They all come from the same Latin root word, battuere, "to beat or strike."

Definitions of batter
  1. verb
    strike violently and repeatedly
    synonyms: baste, clobber
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    beat, beat up, work over
    give a beating to; subject to a beating, either as a punishment or as an act of aggression
  2. verb
    strike against forcefully
    synonyms: buffet, knock about
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    type of:
    strike
    deliver a sharp blow, as with the hand, fist, or weapon
  3. verb
    make a dent or impression in
    synonyms: dinge
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    change form, change shape, deform
    assume a different shape or form
  4. noun
    (baseball) a ballplayer who is batting
    synonyms: batsman, hitter, slugger
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    bunter
    a batter who bunts
    designated hitter
    a ballplayer who is designated to bat in place of the pitcher
    pinch hitter
    (baseball) a substitute for the regular batter
    switch-hitter
    a baseball player who can bat either right or left handed
    whiffer
    a batter who strikes out by swinging at and missing the third strike
    type of:
    ballplayer, baseball player
    an athlete who plays baseball
  5. noun
    a liquid or semiliquid mixture, as of flour, eggs, and milk, used in cooking
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    pate a choux, pouf paste, puff batter
    batter for making light hollow cases to hold various fillings
    pancake batter
    batter for making pancakes
    fritter batter
    batter for making fritters
    type of:
    concoction, intermixture, mixture
    any foodstuff made by combining different ingredients
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