nocturnal mouselike mammal with forelimbs modified to form membranous wings and anatomical adaptations for echolocation by which they navigate
(baseball) a turn trying to get a hit
"he was at bat when it happened"; "he got four hits in four at-bats"
squash racket, squash racquet, bat(noun)
a small racket with a long handle used for playing squash
cricket bat, bat(noun)
the club used in playing cricket
"a cricket bat has a narrow handle and a broad flat end for hitting"
a club used for hitting a ball in various games
strike with, or as if with a baseball bat
"bat the ball"
"bat one's eyelids"
have a turn at bat
"Jones bats first, followed by Martinez"
use a bat
cream, bat, clobber, drub, thrash, lick(verb)
beat thoroughly and conclusively in a competition or fight
"We licked the other team on Sunday!"
A club made of wood or aluminium used for striking the ball in sports such as baseball, softball and cricket.
A turn at hitting the ball with a bat in a game.
: The piece of wood on which the spinner places the coins and then uses for throwing them. (Reference: Sidney J. Baker, The Australian Language, second edition, 1966, chapter XI section 3, page 242.)
to hit with a bat.
to take a turn at hitting a ball with a bat in sports like cricket, baseball and softball, as opposed to fielding.
to strike or swipe as though with a bat
The cat batted at the toy.
to flutter: bat one's eyelashes.
Origin: From baitaz. Related to Old Norse beit. bátr (Icelandic: bátur) is a borrowing from ; German Boot and Dutch boot are loans from the descendant.
a large stick; a club; specifically, a piece of wood with one end thicker or broader than the other, used in playing baseball, cricket, etc
shale or bituminous shale
a sheet of cotton used for filling quilts or comfortables; batting
a part of a brick with one whole end
to strike or hit with a bat or a pole; to cudgel; to beat
to use a bat, as in a game of baseball
one of the Cheiroptera, an order of flying mammals, in which the wings are formed by a membrane stretched between the elongated fingers, legs, and tail. The common bats are small and insectivorous. See Cheiroptera and Vampire
Bats are mammals of the order Chiroptera whose forelimbs form webbed wings, making them the only mammals naturally capable of true and sustained flight. By contrast, other mammals said to fly, such as flying squirrels, gliding possums, and colugos, can only glide for short distances. Bats do not flap their entire forelimbs, as birds do, but instead flap their spread-out digits, which are very long and covered with a thin membrane or patagium. Bats represent about 20% of all classified mammal species worldwide, with about 1,240 bat species divided into two suborders: the less specialized and largely fruit-eating megabats, or flying foxes, and the more highly specialized and echolocating microbats. About 70% of bats are insectivores. Most of the rest are frugivores, or fruit eaters. A few species, such as the fish-eating bat, feed from animals other than insects, with the vampire bats being hematophagous. Bats are present throughout most of the world, performing vital ecological roles of pollinating flowers and dispersing fruit seeds. Many tropical plant species depend entirely on bats for the distribution of their seeds. Bats are important in eating insect pests, reducing the need for pesticides. The smallest bat is the Kitti's hog-nosed bat, measuring 29–34 mm in length, 15 cm across the wings and 2–2.6 g in mass. It is also arguably the smallest extant species of mammal, with the Etruscan shrew being the other contender. The largest species of bat are a few species of Pteropus and the giant golden-crowned flying fox with a weight up to 1.6 kg and wingspan up to 1.7 m.
Chambers 20th Century Dictionary
bat, n. a heavy stick: a flat club for striking the ball in cricket, a club for base-balls, a batsman: the clown's sword in a pantomime: a piece of brick: (slang) rate of speed, style.—v.i. to use the bat in cricket:—pr.p. bat′ting; pa.p. bat′ted.—ns. Bat′ter, Bats′man, one who wields the bat at cricket, &c.; Bat′ting, the management of a bat in playing games: cotton fibre prepared in sheets. [Perh. from A.S. bat (a doubtful form), prob. Celt. bat, staff.]
bat, n. an animal with a body like a mouse, but which flies on wings attached mainly to its fore-feet, but extending along its sides to the hind-feet. [M. E. bakke, apparently from Scand.; cf. Dan. aftenbakke, evening-bat.]
The Foolish Dictionary, by Gideon Wurdz
Senior partner of Bat, Ball & Co., and never found without the rest of the firm, as it takes several high-balls to make one short bat.
A type of mammal, with two wings, can fly and uses echolocation to navigate.
Bats are beautiful mammals and they perform vital ecological roles of pollinating flowers and dispersing fruit seeds; many tropical plant species depend entirely on bats for the distribution of their seeds.
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Rank popularity for the word 'BAT' in Nouns Frequency: #2614
The numerical value of BAT in Chaldean Numerology is: 7
The numerical value of BAT in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5
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