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Meaning of “bat” in the English Dictionary

"bat" in British English

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batnoun [C]

uk   us   /bæt/

batverb

uk   us   /bæt/ (-tt-)
  • bat verb (EYELASHES)

[T] (​especially of women) to ​open and ​closeyoureyesquickly several ​times, ​especially to ​attractattention or ​admiration: She ​smiled and batted her eyelashes at him.
(Definition of bat from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"bat" in American English

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batnoun [C]

 us   /bæt/
  • bat noun [C] (STICK)

a ​speciallyshapedstick of ​wood or ​metal, used for ​hitting the ​ball esp. in ​baseball
  • bat noun [C] (ANIMAL)

a ​small, ​flyinganimal with ​bigears and ​wings of ​skin
Idioms

batverb

 us   /bæt/ (-tt-)
  • bat verb (USE BAT)

[I/T] to use a bat to ​hit the ​ball, esp. in ​baseball [I/T] If you bat at something, you ​hit it ​lightly:
  • bat verb (MOVE EYE)

[T] to ​open and ​closeyoureyesquickly several ​times, esp. to ​attractattention or ​admiration
(Definition of bat from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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