bat bat  /ˈbæt/


  1. (n) nocturnal mouselike mammal with forelimbs modified to form membranous wings and anatomical adaptations for echolocation by which they navigate
  2. (n) (baseball) a turn trying to get a hit
  3. (n) a small racket with a long handle used for playing squash
  4. (n) the club used in playing cricket
  5. (n) a club used for hitting a ball in various games
  6. (v) strike with, or as if with a baseball bat
  7. (v) wink briefly
  8. (v) have a turn at bat
  9. (v) use a bat
  10. (v) beat thoroughly and conclusively in a competition or fight


  1. Naturalist Leonard Dubkin, who once wrote a nature column for the Chicago Tribune, is probably the only man who ever lost his heart to an albino bat.
  2. Scientists have known for years that bats navigate by sonar.
  3. In the long memory of man, the fly-by-night, leather-winged bat has seldom been anything but a creature of ill reputea companion of witches and devils and a portent of disaster.


  1. Rabid bat captured in Clark County

    A bat found in a Springfield family’s home last week has tested positive for the rabies virus, health officials confirmed Wednesday. The family captured the bat Friday and turned it over to the Clark County Combined Health District for testing by the Ohio Department of Health. It’s the first bat to have tested positive for rabies in Clark County this year, health district spokesman Vince Carter ...
    on June 12, 2013     Source: Springfield News-Sun

  2. Massive Bat Cave Stirs Texas-Sized Debate Over Development

    The Bracken Bat Cave, just north of San Antonio, is as rural as it gets. You have to drive down a long two-mile rocky road to reach it. There's nothing nearby no lights, no running water. The only thing you hear are the katydids. The cave houses a massive bat colony, as it has for an estimated...
    on June 12, 2013     Source: Georgia Public Broadcasting

  3. Bat for Lashes and TOY Remake Iranian Pop With 'The Bride'

    Bat for Lashes has teamed with the psych outfit TOY to record "The Bride," an English reworking of Iranian song "Aroos Khanom." Originally by Amir Rassaei, the song appeared on 1970s-focused compilation  
    on June 11, 2013     Source: Spin

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  1. "I'm here to tell you right off the bat that I am not guilty of any criminal wrongdoing," Blagojevich said. "I will fight until I take my last breath."
    on Dec 23, 2008 By: Rod Blagojevich Source: NPR

  2. "If it does happen, obviously they're getting two very good players," said Yankees manager Joe Girardi, who managed the Marlins in 2006. "Miguel Cabrera is one of the finest hitters in the game. He can do so many things with a bat, whether...
    on Dec 4, 2007 By: Joe Girardi Source:

  3. "This is like saying when somebody murders somebody with aa baseball bat and you say, 'We had a law against murder but we never mentioned baseball bats,'" said Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy, D-Vt. "Murder is murder. Torture is...
    on Nov 8, 2007 By: Patrick Leahy Source: Forbes

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