Batter


Also found in: Dictionary, Thesaurus, Legal, Idioms, Encyclopedia, Wikipedia.
noun A moist dough from which breads are made
verb To beat repeatedly and/or violently
References in classic literature ?
I would batter the old women with lilies--I would bombard their citadel with roses.
While this cryptic conversation was in progress, Agravaine, his worst apprehensions realized, was trying to batter down the door.
He brings actions for assault and battery; I defend them and continue to assault and batter.
The vagabonds recovered their courage; soon the heavy joist, raised like a feather by two hundred vigorous arms, was flung with fury against the great door which they had tried to batter down.
Then, knowing that the Army of Revolt could not batter down the barriers in several days, the adventurers gathered once more in the throne room for a council of war.
The hosts of Helium would batter at the gates of Manator, the great green warriors of John Carter's savage allies would swarm up from the dead sea bottoms lusting for pillage and for loot, the stately ships of her beloved navy would soar above the unprotected towers and minarets of the doomed city which only capitulation and heavy tribute could then save.
Again and again he urged them for the door, but each time they turned away, and to escape the whip beat and tore at the wall of the palisade in a vain effort to batter it from their pathway.
Johnson, the young bowler, is getting wild, and bowls a ball almost wide to the off; the batter steps out and cuts it beautifully to where cover-point is standing very deep--in fact almost off the ground.
She tried to scrape me off against the trees, and to batter my brains out against the limbs.
Must one first batter their ears, that they may learn to hear with their eyes?
He could spar better than Knuckles, the private (who would have been a corporal but for his drunkenness, and who had been in the prize-ring); and was the best batter and bowler, out and out, of the regimental club.
Specimens of all the fishes that swim in the sea, surely had swum their way to it, and if samples of the fishes of divers colours that made a speech in the Arabian Nights (quite a ministerial explanation in respect of cloudiness), and then jumped out of the frying-pan, were not to be recognized, it was only because they had all become of one hue by being cooked in batter among the whitebait.