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"batter" in British English

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batterverb [T, I + adv/prep]

uk   /ˈbæt.ər/  us   /ˈbæt̬.ɚ/
to ​hit and ​behaveviolently towards a ​person, ​especially a woman or ​child, ​repeatedly over a ​longperiod of ​time, or to ​hit something with ​force many ​times: He was battered to ​death with a ​riflebutt. He was battering (at/on) the ​door with his ​fists and ​howling. The ​waves battered against the ​rocks at the ​bottom of the ​cliff. The ​burglars had battered down the ​door of the ​house (= ​hit it so hard that it ​broke and ​fell down).

batternoun

uk   /ˈbæt.ər/  us   /ˈbæt̬.ɚ/
  • batter noun (FOOD)

[U] a ​mixture of ​flour, ​eggs, and ​milk, used to make pancakes or to ​coverfood before ​frying it: fish in batter
  • batter noun (PLAYER)

[C] (also hitter) the ​person in ​baseball or ​rounders who ​hits the ​ball
(Definition of batter from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"batter" in American English

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batterverb [I/T]

 us   /ˈbæt̬·ər/
to ​hit someone or something again and again: [T] Thunderstorms were battering Kansas again on ​Sunday. [T] fig. He had been battered by ​opponents who ​turnedpublicopinion against him.

batternoun

 us   /ˈbæt̬·ər/
  • batter noun (FOOD)

[U] any ​liquidmixturecontainingmilk, ​eggs, and ​flour, as used to make ​cake, ​pancakes, or other ​similarfood, or to ​coverfood before ​frying it
  • batter noun (STICK)

[C] (in ​baseball) the ​player whose ​turn it is to ​hit the ​ball
(Definition of batter from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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