(noun, verb)


1. nocturnal mouselike mammal with forelimbs modified to form membranous wings and anatomical adaptations for echolocation by which they navigate

Similar word(s): chiropteran

Definition categories: animal, eutherian, placental

2. (baseball) a turn trying to get a hit

- he was at bat when it happened

- he got four hits in four at-bats

Definition categories: act, play, turn

3. a small racket with a long handle used for playing squash

Definition categories: man–made, racket, racquet

4. the club used in playing cricket

- a cricket bat has a narrow handle and a broad flat end for hitting

Definition categories: man–made

5. a club used for hitting a ball in various games

Definition categories: man–made, club


1. strike with, or as if with a baseball bat

- bat the ball

Definition categories: contact, hit

2. wink briefly

- bat one's eyelids

Similar word(s): flutter

Definition categories: body, blink, nictate, nictitate, wink

3. have a turn at bat

- Jones bats first, followed by Martinez

Definition categories: contact, hit

4. use a bat

- Who's batting?

Definition categories: contact, hit

5. beat thoroughly and conclusively in a competition or fight

Similar word(s): clobber, cream, drub, lick, thrash

Definition categories: contact, beat, crush, shell, trounce, vanquish

Sentences with bat as a verb:

- The cat batted at the toy.