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."

Primary Meanings of batter

1.
v
strike violently and repeatedly
2.
n
(baseball) a ballplayer who is batting
3.
n
a liquid or semiliquid mixture, as of flour, eggs, and milk, used in cooking
Full Definitions of batter
1

v strike violently and repeatedly

Synonyms:
baste, clobber
Type of:
beat, beat up, work over
give a beating to; subject to a beating, either as a punishment or as an act of aggression

v strike against forcefully

Synonyms:
buffet, knock about
Type of:
strike
deliver a sharp blow, as with the hand, fist, or weapon

v make a dent or impression in

Synonyms:
dinge
Type of:
change form, change shape, deform
assume a different shape or form
2

n (baseball) a ballplayer who is batting

Synonyms:
batsman, hitter, slugger
Types:
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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
3

n a liquid or semiliquid mixture, as of flour, eggs, and milk, used in cooking

Types:
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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