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bat·ter1 / ˈbatər/ • v. [tr.] strike repeatedly with hard blows; pound heavily and insistently: a prisoner was battered to death with a table leg fig. their idealism has been battered. ∎  [often as n.] (battering) subject (one's spouse, partner, or child) to repeated violence and assault. ∎  [usu. as n.] (battering) fig. censure, criticize, or defeat severely: the movie took a battering from critics. DERIVATIVES: bat·ter·er n. bat·ter2 • n. a semiliquid mixture of flour, egg, and milk or water used in cooking, esp. for making cakes or for coating food before frying. bat·ter3 • n. (in various sports, esp. baseball) a player who is batting. bat·ter4 • n. a gradual backward slope in a wall or similar structure. • v. [intr.] (of a wall) have a receding slope.

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batterattar, batter, bespatter, chatter, clatter, flatter, hatter, Kenyatta, latter, matamata, matter, natter, patter, platter, ratter, regatta, satyr, scatter, shatter, smatter, spatter, splatter, yatter •abstractor, actor, attractor, compactor, contractor, enactor, exactor, extractor, factor, infractor, protractor, redactor, refractor, tractor, transactor •Atlanta, banter, canter, infanta, levanter, manta, ranter, Santa, tam-o'-shanter •adaptor, captor, chapter, raptor •Antofagasta, aster, Astor, canasta, Jocasta, oleaster, pasta, piastre (US piaster), pilaster, poetaster, Rasta, Zoroasterdragster, gagster •Baxter • prankster • hamster •gangsta, gangster •malefactor • benefactor •pitter-patter • subcontractor •chiropractor

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batter. Slope, or inclination from the perpendicular, as in a Vitruvian opening or on a retaining-wall or battered Egyptian pylon-tower.

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batter1 beat with repeated blows. XIV. — AN. baterer, f. OF. batre (mod. battre) :- L. battuere, later battere; cf. BAT1 and -ER4.

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batter2 paste used in cooking. XV. prob. f. BATTER1, but cf. OF. bat(e)ure beating.

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batter Thick liquid mixture of flour, milk, and eggs, used to coat fish before frying, fried alone to make pancakes or griddle cakes, or baked to make Yorkshire pudding.