Dictionary Meaning and Definition on 'Bat'
- nocturnal mouselike mammal with forelimbs modified to form membranous wings and anatomical adaptations for echolocation by which they navigate [syn: chiropteran]
- (baseball) a turn batting; "he was at bat when it happened"; "he got 4 hits in 4 at-bats" [syn: at-bat]
- a small racket with a long handle used for playing squash [syn: squash racket, squash racquet]
- a bat used in playing cricket [syn: cricket bat]
- a club used for hitting a ball in various games v
- strike with, or as if with a baseball bat; "bat the ball"
- wink briefly; "bat one's eyelids" [syn: flutter]
- have a turn at bat; "Jones bats first, followed by Martinez"
- use a bat; "Who's batting?"
- beat thoroughly in a competition or fight; "We licked the other team on Sunday!" [syn: clobber, drub, thrash, lick] [also: batting, batted]
- Bat \Bat\, n. [Siamese.]
Same as Tical, n., 1.
- Bat \Bat\, v. t. & i.
- To bate or flutter, as a hawk. [Obs. or Prov. Eng.]
- To wink. [Local, U. S. & Prov Eng.]
- Bat \Bat\, n.
- In badminton, tennis, and similar games, a racket.
- A stroke; a sharp blow. [Colloq. or Slang]
- A stroke of work. [Scot. & Prov. Eng.]
- Rate of motion; speed. [Colloq.] ``A vast host of fowl . . . making at full bat for the North Sea.'' --Pall Mall Mag.
- A spree; a jollification. [Slang, U. S.]
- Manner; rate; condition; state of health. [Scot. & Prov.
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Wikipedia Meaning and Definition on 'Bat'
Bats are flying mammals in the order Chiroptera (pronounced /kaɪˈrɒptərə/). The forelimbs of bats are webbed and developed as 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, glide rather than fly, and 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. Chiroptera comes from two Greek words, cheir (χείρ) "hand" and pteron (πτερόν) "wing."
There are about 1,100 bat species worldwide, which represent about twenty percent of all classified mammal species. About seventy percent of bats are insectivores. Most of the rest are frugivores, or fruit eaters. A few species feed from animals other than insects. Bats are present throughout most of the world and perform vital ecological roles such as pollinating flowers and dispersing fruit seeds. Many tropical plant species depend entirely on bats for the distribution of their seeds.[See more about Bat at Dictionary 3.0 Encyclopedia]
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'Bat' in famous quotation sentence
* I daresay one profits more by the mistakes one makes off one's own bat than by doing the right thing on somebody's else advice. - W. Somerset Maugham
* I never blame myself when I'm not hitting. I just blame the bat and if it keeps up, I change bats. After all, if I know it isn't my fault that I'm not hitting, how can I get mad at myself - Lawrence Peter Berra
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