Dialectal variant (akin to the dialectal (etyl) term (m)) of (etyl) (m), (m), from (etyl) (compare (etyl) (m), (etyl) ).
Any of the small, nocturnal, flying mammals of the order Chiroptera, which navigate by means of echolocation.
*:The Bat—they called him the Bat. Like a bat' he chose the night hours for his work of rapine; like a '''bat''' he struck and vanished, pouncingly, noiselessly; like a ' bat he never showed himself to the face of the day.
*2012 , Suemedha Sood, (bbc.co.uk)
Travelwise: Texas love bats] [sic
*:As well as being worth millions of dollars to the Texan agriculture industry, these mammals are worth millions of dollars to the state’s tourism industry. Texas is home to the world’s largest known bat' colony (in Comal County), and the world’s largest urban '''bat''' colony (in Austin). '''Bat''' watching is a common activity, with the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department offering more ' bat -viewing sites than anywhere else in the US.
(lb) An old woman.
A whore who prowls in the dusk/evening like a bat.
* (flying mammal)
* blind as a bat
* fruit bat
* have bats in the belfry
* leaf-nosed bat
* (little brown bat)
* (brown bat)
* like a bat out of hell
* vampire bat
* vesper bat
A club made of wood or aluminium used for striking the ball in sports such as baseball, softball and cricket.
A turn at hitting the ball with a bat in a game.
(two-up) The piece of wood on which the spinner places the coins and then uses for throwing them.
[Sidney J. Baker, The Australian Language , second edition, 1966, chapter XI section 3, page 242]
(mining) Shale or bituminous shale.
A sheet of cotton used for filling quilts or comfortables; batting.
A part of a brick with one whole end.
* (two-up) kip, stick, kylie, lannet
* baseball bat
* cricket bat
to hit with a bat.
to take a turn at hitting a ball with a bat in sports like cricket, baseball and softball, as opposed to fielding.
to strike or swipe as though with a bat
- The cat batted at the toy.
* bat five hundred
* bat in
* bat out
* bat up
Possibly a variant of bate.
to flutter: bat one's eyelashes .
Most commonly used in phrase bat an eye, and variants thereof.
* bat an eye, bat an eyelash, bat an eyelid
From (etyl) .
Cognate to (m).
"batman." Dictionary.com. Dictionary.com Unabridged (v 1.1). Random House, Inc. 2009.
First attested 1607, of uncertain origin.
A small flap or strip of material attached to something, for holding, manipulation, identification, etc.
* 1993 , Irvine Welsh: Trainspotting , p 333:
(by extension, graphical user interface) A navigational widget for switching between sets of controls or documents.
(label) A tablet, especially one containing illicit drugs.
A fast march or run with full kit.
- He pulls off his belt, cursing as the studs catch in the tabs of his jeans.
Mark with a tab.
(computing) To use the Tab key on a computer or typewriter to navigate the screen or page.
* 2010 , Chris Anderson, Pro Business Applications with Silverlight 4 (page 210)
Short for tabulate.
- You can prevent a control from getting the focus when the user is tabbing between controls by settings its IsTabStop property to False.
* keep tabs on
Apocopation (shortening) of tabulation.
(informal) A restaurant bill.
(slang) Credit account, e.g., in a shop or bar.
Short for tabulator.
(computing) A space character ((tab)) that extends to the next aligned column, traditionally used for tabulation.
- Put this round on my tab , will you, barman.
* pick up the tab
Likely to have been formed by clipping the Geordie pronunciation of the word or alternatively from the brand name Ogden's Tabs .
(Geordie and Mackem) cigarette.
- Giv'is a tab man!
Shortening of tablature.
A form of musical notation indicating fingering rather than the pitch of notes, commonly used for stringed instruments.
Derived from the Latin Cantabrigia (often shortened to Cantab.).
(rfv-sense)(slang) A student of Cambridge University.
(label) A tabloid newspaper.
* 1999 , George H. Douglas,
The Golden Age of the Newspaper, p. 229:
* 2010 , Robert Lusetich,
Unplayable: An Inside Account of Tiger's Most Tumultuous Season: