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  • n  nocturnal mouselike mammal with forelimbs modified to form membranous wings and anatomical adaptations for echolocation by which they navigate
  • n  (baseball) a turn trying to get a hit
    he got four hits in four at-bats
  • n  a small racket with a long handle used for playing squash
  • n  the club used in playing cricket
  • n  a club used for hitting a ball in various games
  • v  strike with, or as if with a baseball bat
  • v  wink briefly
  • v  have a turn at bat
    Jones bats first, followed by Martinez
  • v  use a bat
  • v  beat thoroughly and conclusively in a competition or fight
  • s  informal or slang terms for mentally irregular

  • Scientists have known for years that bats navigate by sonar.
  • According to vampire-bat expert Bill Schutt, a zoologist and author of the book Dark Banquet, about 10 species of bats were erroneously named "vampires," while the true blood .
  • For people who live in temperate countries, vampire bats are colorful items for horror stories.
News & Articles


  • Frank Thomas in Toronto Star
    It's pretty obvious,Thomas said when asked if he thought saving money was a factor in his benching. "Sixty at-bats isn't enough time to make that decision. I'm angry. I know I can help this team. My career isn't going to end like this."
  • Patrick Leahy in Forbes
    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...
  • Ron Washington in Seattle Times
    I knew we'd get the bats going, but I never expected anything like this,Washington said. "When the faucet is on, you want it to stay on."

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