• WordNet 3.6
    • v bate soak in a special solution to soften and remove chemicals used in previous treatments "bate hides and skins"
    • v bate flap the wings wildly or frantically; used of falcons
    • v bate moderate or restrain; lessen the force of "He bated his breath when talking about this affair","capable of bating his enthusiasm"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Bate imp. of Bite.
    • n Bate An alkaline solution consisting of the dung of certain animals; -- employed in the preparation of hides; grainer.
    • n Bate (Jewish Antiq) See 2d Bath.
    • n Bate Strife; contention.
    • Bate To allow by way of abatement or deduction. "To whom he bates nothing of what he stood upon with the parliament."
    • v. t Bate To attack; to bait.
    • Bate To deprive of. "When baseness is exalted, do not bate The place its honor for the person's sake."
    • v. i Bate To flutter as a hawk; to bait.
    • Bate To leave out; to except. "Bate me the king, and, be he flesh and blood,
      He lies that says it."
    • Bate To lessen by retrenching, deducting, or reducing; to abate; to beat down; to lower. "He must either bate the laborer's wages, or not employ or not pay him."
    • Bate To remit or retrench a part; -- with of. "Abate thy speed, and I will bate of mine."
    • Bate To remove. "About autumn bate the earth from about the roots of olives, and lay them bare."
    • v. t Bate To steep in bate, as hides, in the manufacture of leather.
    • Bate To waste away.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • bate To beat: in the phrase to bate the wings, to flutter, fly.
    • bate In falconry, to beat the wings impatiently; flutter as preparing for flight, particularly at the sight of prey; flutter away.
    • bate To flutter; be eager or restless.
    • bate To flutter or fly down.
    • bate To beat down or away; remove by beating.
    • bate To beat back, or blunt.
    • bate To weaken; impair the strength of.
    • bate To lessen or decrease in amount, weight, estimation, etc.; lower; reduce.
    • bate To strike off; deduct; abate.
    • bate To lessen in force or intensity; moderate; diminish: as, to bate one's breath, or with bated breath (see phrases, below); to bate one's or a person's curiosity.
    • bate To rob or deprive of.
    • bate To leave out; except; bar.
    • bate To decrease or fall away in size, amount, force, estimate, etc.
    • bate To contend; strive; quarrel.
    • n bate Contention; strife; debate.
    • n bate Obsolete and less correct spelling of bait.
    • bate To steep, as a hide, in an alkaline lye. See bate, n.
    • bate In jute-manuf., to separate (the raw material) into layers, and then soften by sprinkling with oil and water.
    • n bate The alkaline solution in which hides are steeped after being limed, in order to remove or neutralize the lime.
    • n bate Obsolete or dialectal preterit of bite.
    • n bate The grain of wood or stone.
    • n bate Same as bath.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Bate bāt (Spens.) strife, contention
    • n Bate bāt diminution (dial., esp. in combination).
    • v.i Bate bāt (Shak.) to beat the wings impatiently:
    • v.i Bate bāt (obs.) to be impatient.
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  • Yogabindu Upanishad
    Yogabindu Upanishad
    “Like a ball bated back and forth, a human being is batted by two forces within.”


Bated breath - If someone says they're waiting with bated breath, they're very excited and find it difficult to be patient.('Baited breath' is a common mistake.)


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Cf. Sw. beta, maceration, soaking, G. beize, and E. bite,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
O. E. batre—Low L. batĕre.


In literature:

Pastor Graves made his way up the town through the main street to Bates' drug-store, his hunger having died in his anger and amazement.
"Tess of the Storm Country" by Grace Miller White
They had their heads bate in be polismen because no philan-thropist'd come along an' make thim shovel coal.
"Mr. Dooley in Peace and in War" by Finley Peter Dunne
Best yields reported are from Walters and Bates.
"Northern Nut Growers Association Thirty-Fourth Annual Report 1943" by Various
In 1860, Greeley favoured Bates for President.
"A Political History of the State of New York, Volumes 1-3" by DeAlva Stanwood Alexander
The stalks were then tied in bundles called beats or bates and stacked.
"Home Life in Colonial Days" by Alice Morse Earle
The Mitchell, Stranger, Bates and others are satisfactory.
"Northern Nut Growers Association Report of the Proceedings at the Thirty-Eighth Annual Meeting" by Northern Nut Growers Association
Henry Bate, afterward the Rev.
"The Continental Monthly, Vol. 5, No. 5, May, 1864" by Various
The third day, Jeff Bates was served with an injunction ordering Towne to return to work.
"Meeting of the Board" by Alan Edward Nourse
Joshua Bates, through whose generosity Boston secured her Free Library, was an agent of Peabody's, and afterward his partner.
"Little Journeys to the Homes of the Great, Volume 11 (of 14)" by Elbert Hubbard
They stared at each other white-lipped; for that last cry was a thing men talked about of nights with bated breath and deep curses.
"The Promise" by James B. Hendryx

In poetry:

We will speak on; we will be heard;
Though all earth's systems crack,
We will not bate a single word,
Nor take a letter back.
"Bravery" by James Russell Lowell
"Oh no, oh no!" quo' John the Gryme,
"That thing maun never be;
The gallant Grymes were never bate,
We'll try what we can dee."
"Traditionary Version" by Andrew Lang
'Oh no, oh no,' says John the Gryme,
'That thing maun never be;
The gallant Grymes were never bate,
We'll try phat we can dee.'
"The Battle Of Harlaw" by Anonymous British
O Living, ye know what is death—
We, by and by, shall know it too!
Humble, with bated, hoping breath,
We are coming fast to you!
"To My Aging Friends" by George MacDonald
He drew the sword from out the sheath
And shook the fallow brand;
And there a while with bated breath,
And hearkening ear did stand.
"The Hall And The Wood" by William Morris
Still as gloom followed after glare,
While bated breath the pine-trees drew,
Tiny Salmoneus of the air,
His mimic bolts the firefly threw.
"The Lesson" by James Russell Lowell

In news:

Chris Bate stood in his yard, unpacking crinkled family photos that had been stored in his Weehawken basement years ago.
Laying them out on a makeshift drying rack, Bate reflected on the past week.
PAWS Executive Director Jeannie Bates speaks about her organization's work to train service dogs for children and veterans during a ceremony to present a service dog at the Moorings Country Club on Thursday, Dec 13, 2012, in Naples.
Deputies tell TV5 that 36 year-old Ryan Bates of Dyer Brook pulled out of a driveway into the path of a pick-up on Route 11.
Red' Bates met his wife, Ruby Irene, when she was 16 and he was 17.
Conditions at Julian Carroll Airport, KY. MacKenzie Bates Email.
Auburn defenders Chris Davis, Jonathon Mincy and Daren Bates tackle Charone Peake in the second half of Auburn's loss to Clemson on Saturday, Sept.1, 2012 in Atlanta, GA.
Jindal spokeswoman Shannon Bates said Monday the governor won't endorse a candidate in the Dec 8 runoff between US Reps Charles Boustany and Jeff Landry.
Karen Grigsby Bates November 7, 2012.
Guest post written by Timothy Bates and Alicia Robb.
Timothy Bates is distinguished professor of economics emeritus at Wayne State University.
BATE lose to Lille to drop down to Europa league.
BATE Borisov lost 2-0 at home to LOSC Lille Metropole, a defeat that means they will have to content themselves with a place in the Europa League.
Not pictured, Ben Bates and Ben Marcial.
For years, the Cowboys had Bill Bates.

In science:

PV electron scattering experiments at MIT-Bates, Jefferson Lab, and Mainz.
Parity- and Time-Reversal Tests in Nuclear Physics
Tests and confidence sets can also be defined by considering the usual Wald and score statistics as well as on suitable modifications of the composite log likelihood ratio (Geys et al., 1999; Chandler and Bate, 2007; Pace et al., 2011).
Prepivoting composite score statistics by weighted bootstrap iteration
We illustrate the thresholding test on a real data set modeled with a mixedeffects model [Pinheiro and Bates, 2000].
Blockwise and coordinatewise thresholds as pivots for modern ANOVA tests
This set of data differs significantly from the old set data, and recent Bates data in the threshold region.
The eta Photoproduction of Nucleons and The structure of the Resonance S11(1535) in The Quark Model
GeV is largely due to the recent Bates data at Elab = 0.729 GeV.
The eta Photoproduction of Nucleons and The structure of the Resonance S11(1535) in The Quark Model