• The monster was battering down the door of the synagogue
    The monster was battering down the door of the synagogue
  • WordNet 3.6
    • v batter make a dent or impression in "dinge a soft hat"
    • v batter strike violently and repeatedly "She clobbered the man who tried to attack her"
    • v batter strike against forcefully "Winds buffeted the tent"
    • n batter a liquid or semiliquid mixture, as of flour, eggs, and milk, used in cooking
    • n batter (baseball) a ballplayer who is batting
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Additional illustrations & photos:

The Battering Ram The Battering Ram
Battering-ram Battering-ram

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The first cover of "Sports Illustrated," in 1954, showed National League umpire, Augie Donatelli, behind the plate with two major-league stars: catcher Wes Westrum, and batter Eddie Matthews.
    • n Batter A backward slope in the face of a wall or of a bank; receding slope.
    • Batter (Printing) A bruise on the face of a plate or of type in the form.
    • Batter A semi-liquid mixture of several ingredients, as, flour, eggs, milk, etc., beaten together and used in cookery.
    • Batter Paste of clay or loam.
    • n Batter băt"tẽr The one who wields the bat in baseball; the one whose turn it is at bat; formerly called the batsman.
    • Batter 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.
    • Batter (Metallurgy) To flatten (metal) by hammering, so as to compress it inwardly and spread it outwardly.
    • v. i Batter (Arch) To slope gently backward.
    • Batter To wear or impair as if by beating or by hard usage. "Each battered jade."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • batter To beat upon or against; strike with repeated blows; pound violently, as with the fist, a hammer or bludgeon, a battering-ram, cannon-shot, etc.: as, to batter a door for admittance; to batter the walls of a city (with or without effect).
    • batter To bruise, break, or shatter by beating; injure the substance of by blows; pound out of form or condition: as, to batter a person's countenance; a battered wall or tower; to batter type (that is, bruise the face of it).
    • batter In forging, to spread outwardly, as the ends of a metal bar or rod, by hammering; upset.
    • batter To act by beating or striking; use repeated blows; practise pounding: as, to batter away at a door; to batter upon a wall; battering cannon.
    • batter Specifically, to attempt to breach an enemy's works by means of a battery mounted in the third parallel. To batter in breach, a sufficient number of guns should be employed to maintain a practically continuous fire, so as to prevent the enemy from repairing the damage, and to obtain the cumulative effect due to heavy firing against a single point. Breaching is sometimes accomplished by firing simultaneous or alternate volleys from two or more batteries.
    • n batter A heavy blow.
    • n batter In printing, a blur or defect in a sheet produced by battered type; a spot showing the broken state of the type.
    • n batter In ceramics, a mallet used to flatten out wet clay before molding. See batting-block.
    • batter To incline from the perpendicular: said of a wall whose face recedes as it rises: opposed to overhang.
    • n batter A mixture of several ingredients, as flour, eggs, salt, etc., beaten together with some liquid, used in cookery.
    • n batter Flour and water made into paste; specifically, the paste used in sizing cloth.
    • batter To paste together; cover with things pasted on: as, to batter the walls with placards.
    • n batter One who bats; especially, in base-ball and cricket, one who wields the bat; the batsman.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • ns Batter one who wields the bat at cricket, &c
    • v.t Batter bat′er to beat with successive blows: to wear with beating or by use: to attack with artillery
    • n Batter ingredients beaten along with some liquid into a paste: paste for sticking
    • n Batter bat′ėr the inclination of a wall from the perpendicular
    • v.i Batter to slope backward from the perpendicular
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  • Virginia Woolf
    “One likes people much better when they're battered down by a prodigious siege of misfortune than when they triumph.”
  • Gloria Steinem
    “Pornography is the instruction. Rape is the practice, battered women are the practice, and battered children are the practice.”
  • Lord Alfred Tennyson
    “Battering the gates of heaven with the storms of prayer.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. bateren, OF. batre, F. battre, fr. LL. battere, for L. batuere, to strike, beat; of unknown origin. Cf. Abate Bate to abate


In literature:

Melt 'Nutter,' mix ingredients together with water into stiff batter; place in greased pudding basin and steam 2 hours.
"No Animal Food" by Rupert H. Wheldon
We've got to have four batters working.
"Rival Pitchers of Oakdale" by Morgan Scott
While the uproar they made was at its height, a loud battering was heard at one of the doors.
"Old Jack" by W.H.G. Kingston
He swore in highly indecorous terms, and tore his bedstead apart to get a battering-ram.
"The Pirates of Ersatz" by Murray Leinster
Make a fritter batter, stir the pieces in.
"365 Luncheon Dishes" by Anonymous
Grease the hot waffle iron and put in the batter.
"The Community Cook Book" by Anonymous
It was shaking from repeated batterings from the other side.
"Cat and Mouse" by Ralph Williams
He set down a battered table when he met Mayo and his party.
"Blow The Man Down" by Holman Day
Jake Lander stepped into the batter's box and smashed the first ball pitched by Bart.
"Frank Merriwell's Son" by Burt L. Standish
High on the wall it hung without chimney, its battered tin reflector dimmed by soot of many nights' accumulation.
"Blue Ridge Country" by Jean Thomas

In poetry:

Here by the whirling shell
I know thee most;
Here where a thousand fell
On a battered coast.
"Now ‘Neath the Cool Stars" by Leon Gellert
I am the undertow
Washing tides of power
Battering the pillars
Under your things of high law.
"Under" by Carl Sandburg
Free as the winds that winnow
Her shrubless hills of sand,
Free as the waves that batter
Along her yielding land.
"The Exiles. 1660" by John Greenleaf Whittier
The battery grides and jingles,
Mile succeeds to mile;
Suddenly battering the silence
The guns burst out awhile….
"The Day's March" by Robert Nichols
But this time Satan throve, no doubt:
Long since, I ween,
God’s part in you was battered out;
Long since, Faustine.
"Faustine" by Algernon Charles Swinburne
For Tom fell in, and could not be
For ever after found,
For in the blood and batter he
Was strangely lost and drown'd.
"The Life And Death Of Tom Thumb" by Anonymous British

In news:

It was here I first encountered Britain's symbolic pub dish, fish and chips: a choice of cod—if memory serves—or plaice, battered and dripping grease, rolled with soggy fries in an old newspaper.
Looking to return to form and function, John Ely faced eight batters and allowed one hit, striking out three and walking none.
Dodgers infielder Juan Uribe breaks from the batter's box after hitting a run-scoring single against the Giants.
Even by the standards of battered automakers, Chrysler is in dire shape.
Pitcher Tyler Vitt threw a two-hitter and struck out 10 batters.
The tortoiseshell combs were on the scratched and battered table of the walk-up apartment, the platinum watch chain encircling them like a protective wall.
Left fielder Michael Morse pantomimes a home run swing after returning to the batter's box following an umpire's review of his grand slam in the first inning.
Maine law enforcement officials are heading south to help with security efforts in storm-battered New Jersey.
Conrado Marrero can still remember the crisp feeling of slipping on his Washington Senators uniform, and the surge of adrenaline he got staring down Mickey Mantle, Ted Williams and other major league batters.
Angels pitcher Jered Weaver was thrown out of Sunday's game against the Detroit Tigers after throwing at Tigers batter Alex Avila in the seventh inning.
Ferries to the Vineyard were running again Friday morning after a fierce northeaster battered the Vineyard this week with more coastal flooding and wind gusts of up to 77 miles per hour.
Then two metal plates and a battered pail.
The beer-battered Baja fish tacos come with a crunchy topping of curtido, a vinegary El Salvadoran coleslaw.
Metairie 's Muffler Man, battered and bruised by Isaac, down but not out.
No injuries as storms batter nation's midsection .

In science:

Nevertheless, in its low density and highly battered surface it is probably representative of many ob jects in the outer Solar system that have yet to be imaged close-up by spacecraft.
Icy Bodies in the New Solar System
Nowadays, the arbitrariness of the linguistic sign is a tenet of modern linguistics; and the implicit reference theory of meaning has taken a philosophical battering.
Structural Tags, Annealing and Automatic Word Classification
Jeff Schmidt, Disciplined Minds: A Critical Look at Salaried Professionals and the Soul-Battering System that Shapes Their Lives (Lanham, Maryland: Rowan & Littlefield, 2000), pp. 73–74. 10.
Physics Education Research: Or it's so hard to find good help these days