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Batter


BAT'TER, verb transitive [Latin batuo, to beat. See Beat.]

1. To beat with successive blows; to beat with violence, so as to bruise, shake, or demolish; , as, to batter a wall.

2. To wear or impair with beating; as a battered pavement; a battered jade.

3. To attack with a battering ram.

4. To attack with heavy artillery, for the purpose of making a breach in a wall or rampart.

BAT'TER, verb intransitive To swell, bulge or stand out, as a timber or side of a wall from its foundation.

BAT'TER, noun [from beat or batter ] A mixture of several ingredients, as flour, eggs, salt, etc., beaten together with some liquor, used in cookery.