• WordNet 3.6
    • n batting (baseball) the batter's attempt to get on base
    • n batting stuffing made of rolls or sheets of cotton wool or synthetic fiber
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Additional illustrations & photos:

The Brick Bat The Brick Bat
The hoary bat The hoary bat
Bats Bats
Vampire-bat Vampire-bat

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: In 1948 and 1950 the oldest ears of popping corn were discovered. They were located in the Bat Cave of west central New Mexico. They ranged in size from smaller than a penny to approximately two inches, and were about 4,000 years old
    • Batting Cotton in sheets, prepared for use in making quilts, etc.; as, cotton batting .
    • Batting The act of one who bats; the management of a bat in playing games of ball.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Frog-eating bats identify edible frogs from poisonous ones by listening to the mating calls of male frogs. Frogs counter this by hiding and using short, difficult to locate calls
    • n batting The act or process of washing or smoothing linen with a bat.
    • n batting The process of beating raw cotton with hazel-or holly-twigs, on a frame made of cords, for the purpose of opening the matted locks, or of beating out impurities.
    • n batting Cotton or wool prepared in thick but light matted sheets for quilts or bed-covers, the quilting of garments, etc. Also called bat, batts.
    • n batting The act or manner of using a bat in a game of ball: as, their batting was good.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: African heart-nosed bats can have such a keen sense of sound that they can hear the footsteps of a beetle walking on sand from six feet away
    • Batting the management of a bat in playing games: cotton fibre prepared in sheets
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  • John Berryman
    John Berryman
    “Bats have no bankers and they do not drink and cannot be arrested and pay no tax and, in general, bats have it made.”
  • Source Unknown
    Source Unknown
    “If your batting average is high enough, the Big League will find you.”
  • Branch Rickey
    Branch Rickey
    “A full mind is an empty bat.”
  • Yogabindu Upanishad
    Yogabindu Upanishad
    “Like a ball bated back and forth, a human being is batted by two forces within.”
  • Francis Bacon
    “Suspicion amongst thoughts are like bats amongst birds, they never fly by twilight.”
  • Franklin D. Roosevelt
    “I have no expectation of making a hit every time I come to bat.”


Bat an eyelid - If someone doesn't bat an eyelid, they don't react or show any emotion when surprised, shocked, etc.
Bats in the belfry - Someone with bats in the belfry is crazy or eccentric.
Batting a thousand - (USA) (from baseball) It means to do something perfectly.
Blind as a bat - If you are in total darkness and can't see anything at all, you are as blind as a bat.
Not bat an eye - If someone doesn't bat an eye, they do not react when other people normally would.


Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Perh. from A.S. bat (a doubtful form), prob. Celt. bat, staff.


In literature:

Walt cut me free (his hands were shaking as bad as Bat's), and Bat cut the general free.
"Pluck on the Long Trail" by Edwin L. Sabin
But the batting was nothing to the play when Templeton was out and took the offensive.
"Follow My leader" by Talbot Baines Reed
We'll never get hold of a bat all the season.
"The Master of the Shell" by Talbot Baines Reed
I felt rather important as I requested the umpire to give me "middle," and hammered the mark a little with my bat.
"Parkhurst Boys" by Talbot Baines Reed
His fourth, the nastiest of shooters, glided under the bat into the wicket.
"Dr. Jolliffe's Boys" by Lewis Hough
He must have got half-a-pound of lead let into the end of his bat.
"Glyn Severn's Schooldays" by George Manville Fenn
Pointing to his mouth, he quietly stooped down, and was carrying off one of the bats.
"In the Eastern Seas" by W.H.G. Kingston
Macgreggor had brought with him a supply of golf sticks or bats, which he generously distributed among those who wished to play.
"Ernest Bracebridge" by William H. G. Kingston
Surely Bat was much more desirable than Sampey!
"The Ape, the Idiot & Other People" by W. C. Morrow
"The Life and Adventures of Nat Love" by Nat Love

In poetry:

The solemn haunts o' Holyrood,
Wi' bats and houlits eerie,
The tow'ring craigs o' Salisbury,
The lowly wells o' Weary,
O, the lowly wells o' Weary.
"Jeanie Deans" by Carolina Oliphant
Listen, Paraclete.
I can no more deny the bat-wings of my fathom-flickering
spirit of darkness
Than the wings of the Morning and Thee, Thou Glorified.
"St. Matthew" by D H Lawrence
I look through my window and see
The ghost of life flitting bat-winged.
O I am as old as a sage can even be,
O I am as lonely as the first fool kinged.
"April Dusk" by Patrick Kavanagh
Style—go ahead talking about style.
You can tell where a man gets his style just
as you can tell where Pavlowa got her legs
or Ty Cobb his batting eye.
"Style" by Carl Sandburg
A cowbell tinkles by the rails,
Where, streaming white in foaming pails,
Milk makes an uddery sound;
While overhead the black bat trails
Around and round.
"Evening On The Farm" by Madison Julius Cawein
This is the room I have never been in
This is the room I could never breathe in.
The black bunched in there like a bat,
No light
But the torch and its faint
"Wintering" by Sylvia Plath

In news:

He was batting.337 in 25 games for the Omaha Royals.
The bat's back: Brooding , complicated 'Dark Knight' uplifts a genre.
What We're Reading: Saturn's Rings, Little Brown Bat Disease and Fossil Looting.
A night after delivering a game-winning two-run single against Heath Bell, Lucas Duda again batted in the cleanup spot Tuesday.
Surviving are her husband, Mendel "Bat" Burbage .
The Bat Signal is usually projected above Gotham City's skyline, but a scavenger hunt had fans worldwide looking high and low for the iconic symbol, including in Pittsburgh.
Jury awards nearly $1 million to high school student injured by ball hit with aluminum bat.
Doug Fister being examined by a trainer after being struck in the head by a batted ball in the second.
The A's starter is struck on the side of the head by a shot off the bat of the Angels' Erick Aybar.
A's pitcher Brandon McCarthy left Wednesday's game in the fourth inning after being struck in the head by a liner off the bat of the Los Angeles Angels' Erick Aybar.
Teen hurt by line drive from metal bat to receive $14.5 million.
Domalewski, who suffered brain damage, will receive $14.5 million to settle his lawsuit against the bat manufacturer, Little League Baseball and a sporting goods chain.
Mariano Rivera has a blood clot in his right calf, the latest health problem for the longtime Yankees closer who tore a knee ligament last week while shagging fly balls during batting practice.
Did you ever get so angry with your computer that you wanted to take a baseball bat to it.
Bat specialist Rob Mies returns to Bud Werner Memorial Library on Sunday for two live bat programs featuring ambassador bats from around the world.

In science:

Parasites on a host may comprise such a group, mice in a haystack, birds in a breeding colony, bats using the same roost, etc.
Biological Evolution and Statistical Physics
The burst exhibits several peaks during an initial period of about 80 seconds, followed by a similar length interval during which the BAT flux is indistinguishable from background, and then the final peak that generated the BAT trigger.
Prompt optical observations of GRB050319 with the Swift UVOT
The BAT did not trigger on the earlier activity because the spacecraft was slewing; triggers are disabled during slews.
Prompt optical observations of GRB050319 with the Swift UVOT
The burst began 138 seconds before the BAT trigger, which occured on final peak of the burst.
Prompt optical observations of GRB050319 with the Swift UVOT
These developments are due to both Swift’s sensitivity to high-z events and high precision rapid localizations from the BAT instrument (c.f.
RAPTOR observations of delayed explosive activity in the high-redshift gamma-ray burst GRB 060206