What does batter mean?

Definitions for batter
ˈbæt ərbat·ter

This dictionary definitions page includes all the possible meanings, example usage and translations of the word batter.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. batter, hitter, slugger, batsmannoun

    (baseball) a ballplayer who is batting

  2. batterverb

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

  3. buffet, knock about, batterverb

    strike against forcefully

    "Winds buffeted the tent"

  4. clobber, baste, batterverb

    strike violently and repeatedly

    "She clobbered the man who tried to attack her"

  5. dinge, batterverb

    make a dent or impression in

    "dinge a soft hat"

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Batternoun

    A mixture of several ingredients beaten together with some liquor; so called from its being so much beaten.

    Etymology: from to batter.

    One would have all things little, hence has try’d
    Turkey poults fresh’d from th’ egg in batter fry’d. William King, Art of Cookery.

  2. To BATTERverb

    Etymology: battre, to beat, Fr.

    To appoint battering rams against the gates, to cast a mount, and to build a fort. Ezek. xxi. 22.

    These haughty words of hers
    Have batter’d me like roaring cannon shot,
    And made me almost yield upon my knees. William Shakespeare, H. VI.

    Britannia there, the fort in vain
    Had batter’d been with golden rain:
    Thunder itself had fail’d to pass. Edmund Waller.

    Be then, the naval stores, the nation’s care,
    New ships to build, and batter’d to repair. Dryden.

    Crowds to the castle mounted up the street,
    Batt’ring the pavement with their coursers feet. Dryden.

    If you have a silver saucepan for the kitchen use, let me advise you to batter it well; this will shew constant good housekeeping. Jonathan Swift, Directions to the Cook.

    The batter’d veteran strumpets here,
    Pretend at least to bring a modest ear. Thomas Southerne.

    I am a poor old battered fellow, and I would willingly end my days in peace. John Arbuthnot, History of J. Bull.

    As the same dame, experienc’d in her trade,
    By names of toasts retails each batter’d jade. Alexander Pope.

  3. To Batterverb

    A word used only by workmen. The side of a wall, or any timber, that bulges from its bottom or foundation, is said to batter. Joseph Moxon Mech. Exercises.


  1. batter

    Batter is a semi-liquid mixture, often a combination of flour, eggs, and milk or water, that is used in cooking. It is mainly used for coating and frying foods, or as a base for pancakes, waffles, and cakes. The consistency of batter can range from thick and doughy to thin and runny, depending on the recipe.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Batterverb

    to beat with successive blows; to beat repeatedly and with violence, so as to bruise, shatter, or demolish; as, to batter a wall or rampart

  2. Batterverb

    to wear or impair as if by beating or by hard usage

  3. Batterverb

    to flatten (metal) by hammering, so as to compress it inwardly and spread it outwardly

  4. Batterverb

    a semi-liquid mixture of several ingredients, as, flour, eggs, milk, etc., beaten together and used in cookery

  5. Batterverb

    paste of clay or loam

  6. Batterverb

    a bruise on the face of a plate or of type in the form

  7. Batternoun

    a backward slope in the face of a wall or of a bank; receding slope

  8. Batterverb

    to slope gently backward

  9. Batternoun

    one who wields a bat; a batsman


  1. Batter

    Batter is a semi-liquid mixture of one or more grains used to prepare various foods. Many batters are made by combining dry flours with liquids such as water, milk or eggs; batters can also be made by soaking grains in water and grinding them wet. Often a leavening agent such as baking powder is included to aerate and fluff up the batter as it cooks, or the mixture may be naturally fermented for this purpose as well as to add flavour. Carbonated water or another carbonated liquid such as beer may instead be used to aerate the batter in some recipes. The viscosity of batter may range from very "heavy" to "thin". Heat is applied to the batter, usually by frying, baking or steaming, in order to cook the ingredients and to "set" the batter into a solid form. Batters may be sweet or savoury, often with either sugar or salt being added. Many other flavourings such as herbs, spices, fruits or vegetables may be added to the mixture. The word batter comes from the old French word battre which means to beat, as many batters require vigorous beating or whisking in their preparation.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Batter

    bat′er, v.t. to beat with successive blows: to wear with beating or by use: to attack with artillery.—n. ingredients beaten along with some liquid into a paste: paste for sticking.—ns. Bat′tering-charge, the full charge of powder for a cannon; Bat′tering-ram, an ancient engine for battering down walls, consisting of a large beam with an iron head like that of a ram. [O. Fr. batre (Fr. battre), from the root of Bat.]

  2. Batter

    bat′ėr, n. the inclination of a wall from the perpendicular.—v.i. to slope backward from the perpendicular. [Perh. from Fr. battre, to beat down.]

Military Dictionary and Gazetteer

  1. batter

    A cannonade of heavy ordnance, from the first or second parallel of intrenchment, against any fortress or works. To batter in breach implies a heavy cannonade of many pieces directed to one part of the revetment from the third parallel.

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Surnames Frequency by Census Records


    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Batter is ranked #121590 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Batter surname appeared 142 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 0 would have the surname Batter.

    80.2% or 114 total occurrences were White.
    9.1% or 13 total occurrences were Black.
    4.9% or 7 total occurrences were Asian.
    4.9% or 7 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of batter in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of batter in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

Examples of batter in a Sentence

  1. Jerry Coleman:

    Tony Gwynn, the fat batter behind Finley, is waiting.

  2. Omar Khayym:

    Think, in this batter'd Caravanserai Whose Portals are alternate Night and Day, How Sultn after Sultn with his Pomp Abode his destined Hour, and went his way.

  3. Jackie Mills:

    I just got a mini doughnut pan, and it makes the cutest desserts. It's probably four bites, so you can bake a regular cake batter in it and have automatic portion control.

  4. Ralph Kiner:

    The Mets have gotten their leadoff batter on only once this inning.

  5. Jeremy Ben-Ami:

    It's kind of like saying, you've got a baseball batter who's in a slump and so -- what they've been doing -- they look at the videotape and instead of like doing a better swing, they just start hitting the umpire with the bat. Yeah, doing something different -- but it has to make sense what you're doing, i don't think anybody who's been involved with this will say what we did worked... but that doesn't mean that this is the right approach.

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Translations for batter

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  • خليطArabic
  • бия, блъскам, разнебитвам, тесто, наклон, отстъп, запой, бухамBulgarian
  • batedorCatalan, Valencian
  • těsto, pálkařCzech
  • prügeln, Saufgelage, Gelage, Trinkgelage, einbacken, panieren, Besäufnis, Batter, Backteig, PanadeGerman
  • κλίση, κουρκούτι, χτυπώGreek
  • rebozar, empanar, apanar, batido, pendiente, bateador, apalear, botellónSpanish
  • ryyppyputki, piestä, hakata, leivittää, tiristystaikina, frityyritaikina, kuorruttaa, lyöjä, kakkutaikina, lettutaikina, rinne, pahoinpidelläFinnish
  • frappeur, batteurFrench
  • tésztaHungarian
  • pastoIdo
  • battere, impasto, battitore, gozzoviglia, bisboccia, pastellaItalian
  • バッター, 打者Japanese
  • 반죽Korean
  • røre, pryleNorwegian
  • beslagDutch
  • røreNorwegian Nynorsk
  • slåNorwegian
  • ciasto, pałkarzPolish
  • polme, batedor, bater, espancarPortuguese
  • избивать, бьющий, запо́й, тесто, бэттер, избить, поколотить, колотитьRussian
  • slagman, smet, panera, misshandlaSwedish

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    the cardinal number that is the sum of one and one and one
    • A. whitewash
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