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BAT'TER, v.t. [L. batuo, to beat. See Beat.]

1. To beat with successive blows; to beat with violence, so as to bruise, shake, or demolish;, as, to batter a wall.

2. To wear or impair with beating; as a battered pavement; a battered jade.

3. To attack with a battering ram.

4. To attack with heavy artillery, for the purpose of making a breach in a wall or rampart.

BAT'TER, v.i. To swell, bulge or stand out, as a timber or side of a wall from its foundation.

BAT'TER, n. [from beat or batter.] A mixture of several ingredients, as flour, eggs, salt, &c., beaten together with some liquor, used in cookery.




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BAT'TER, v.t. [L. batuo, to beat. See Beat.]

1. To beat with successive blows; to beat with violence, so as to bruise, shake, or demolish;, as, to batter a wall.

2. To wear or impair with beating; as a battered pavement; a battered jade.

3. To attack with a battering ram.

4. To attack with heavy artillery, for the purpose of making a breach in a wall or rampart.

BAT'TER, v.i. To swell, bulge or stand out, as a timber or side of a wall from its foundation.

BAT'TER, n. [from beat or batter.] A mixture of several ingredients, as flour, eggs, salt, &c., beaten together with some liquor, used in cookery.


BAT'TER, n. [from beat or batter.]

A mixture of several ingredients, as flour, eggs, salt, &c., beaten together with some liquor, used in cookery. – King.


BAT'TER, v.i.

To swell, bulge, or stand out, as a timber or side of a wall from its foundation. – Moxon.


BAT'TER, v.t. [Fr. battre; Sp. batir; It. battere; L. batuo, to beat. See Beat.]

  1. To beat with successive blows; to beat with violence, so as to bruise, shake, or demolish; as, to batter a wall.
  2. To wear or impair with beating; as, a battered pavement; a battered jade. – Dryden. Pope.
  3. To attack with a battering ram.
  4. To attack with heavy artillery, for the purpose of making a breach in a wall or rampart.

Bat"ter
  1. 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. A semi- liquid mixture of several ingredients, as, flour, eggs, milk, etc., beaten together and used in cookery.

    King.
  3. A backward slope in the face of a wall or of a bank; receding slope.

    Batter rule, an instrument consisting of a rule or frame, and a plumb line, by which the batter or slope of a wall is regulated in building.

  4. To slope gently backward.
  5. One who wields a bat; a batsman.
  6. To wear or impair as if by beating or by hard usage.

    "Each battered jade." Pope.
  7. Paste of clay or loam.

    Holland.
  8. To flatten (metal) by hammering, so as to compress it inwardly and spread it outwardly.
  9. A bruise on the face of a plate or of type in the form.
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Batter

BAT'TER, verb transitive [Latin batuo, to beat. See Beat.]

1. To beat with successive blows; to beat with violence, so as to bruise, shake, or demolish; , as, to batter a wall.

2. To wear or impair with beating; as a battered pavement; a battered jade.

3. To attack with a battering ram.

4. To attack with heavy artillery, for the purpose of making a breach in a wall or rampart.

BAT'TER, verb intransitive To swell, bulge or stand out, as a timber or side of a wall from its foundation.

BAT'TER, noun [from beat or batter ] A mixture of several ingredients, as flour, eggs, salt, etc., beaten together with some liquor, used in cookery.

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1. Weight; consequence; a bearing on some interest; that quality of any thing by which it may affect a measure, interest or result. The education of youth is of great importance to a free government. A religious education is of infinite importance to every human being.

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