1. Strife; contention.
2. An alkaline lye which neutralizes the effect of the previous application of lime, and makes hides supple in the process of tanning.
3. A vat which contains this liquid.
1. moderate or restrain; lessen the force of
- He bated his breath when talking about this affair
2. flap the wings wildly or frantically; used of falcons
3. soak in a special solution to soften and remove chemicals used in previous treatments
- bate hides and skins