Webster 1913 Edition
batt; perhaps fr. the Celtic; cf. Ir.
bata, stick, staff; but cf. also F.
battea beater (thing), wooden sword,
A large stick; a club; specifically, a piece of wood with one end thicker or broader than the other, used in playing baseball, cricket, etc.
A sheet of cotton used for filling quilts or comfortables; batting.
Shale or bituminous shale.
a bolt barbed or jagged at its butt or tang to make it hold the more firmly.
imp. & p. p.
p. pr. & vb. n.
To strike or hit with a bat or a pole; to cudgel; to beat.
[Corrupt. from OE.
balke; cf. Dan. aften-
aftenevening), Sw. natt-
nattnight), Icel. leðr-
One of the
Chiroptera, an order of flying mammals, in which the wings are formed by a membrane stretched between the elongated fingers, legs, and tail. The common bats are small and insectivorous. See
batsin drowsy clusters cling.
a wingless, dipterous insect of the genus
Nycteribia, parasitic on bats.
Webster 1828 Edition
1.A heavy stick or club; a piece of wood with one end thicker or broader than the other.
2.Bat or bate, a small copper coin of Germany, with a small mixture of silver, worth four crutzers. Also a coin of Switzerland, worth five livres.
3.A term given by miners to shale or bituminous shale.
A race of quadrupeds, technically called Vespertilio, of the order primates, in Linne's system. The fore feet have the toes connected by a membrane, expanded into a kind of wings, by means of which the animals fly. The species are numerous. Of these, the vampire or Ternate bat inhabits Africa and the Oriental Isles. These animals fly in flocks from isle to isle, obscuring the sun by their numbers. Their wings when extended measure five or six feet. They live on fruits; but are said sometimes to draw blood from persons when asleep. The bats of the northern latitudes are small; they are viviparous and suckle their young. Their skin resembles that of a mouse. They enter houses in pleasant summer evenings, feed upon moths, flies, flesh, and oily substances, and are torpid during the winter.