1. A blow with a stick or cudgel.
2. A sound beating with a stick or cudgel. Specifically: A form of punishment among the Turks, Chinese,
and others, consisting in beating an offender on the soles of his feet.
(Bas`ti*na"do), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Bastinadoed ; p. pr. & vb. n. Bastinadoing.] To beat
with a stick or cudgel, especially on the soles of the feet.
(Bas"tion) n. [F. bastion fr. LL. bastire to build perh. from the idea of support for a weight,
and akin to Gr. basta`zein to lift, carry, and to E. baston, baton.] (Fort.) A work projecting outward
from the main inclosure of a fortification, consisting of two faces and two flanks, and so constructed
that it is able to defend by a flanking fire the adjacent curtain, or wall which extends from one bastion
to another. Two adjacent bastions are connected by the curtain, which joins the flank of one with the
adjacent flank of the other. The distance between the flanks of a bastion is called the gorge. A lunette
is a detached bastion. See Ravelin.
(Bas"tioned) a. Furnished with a bastion; having bastions.
(Bas"to) n. [Sp.] The ace of clubs in quadrille and omber. Pope.
(Bas"ton) n. [OF. baston, F. bâton, LL. basto. See Bastion, and cf. Baton, and 3d Batten.]
1. A staff or cudgel. [Obs.] "To fight with blunt bastons." Holland.
2. (Her.) See Baton.
3. An officer bearing a painted staff, who formerly was in attendance upon the king's court to take into
custody persons committed by the court. Mozley & W.
(Bas"yle) n. [Gr. ba`sis base + "y`lh wood. See -yl.] (Chem.) A positive or nonacid constituent
of a compound, either elementary, or, if compound, performing the functions of an element.
(Bas"y*lous) a. Pertaining to, or having the nature of, a basyle; electro-positive; basic; opposed
to chlorous. Graham.
(Bat) n. [OE. batte, botte, AS. batt; perhaps fr. the Celtic; cf. Ir. bat, bata, stick, staff; but cf. also
F. batte a beater wooden sword, battre to beat.]
1. A large stick; a club; specifically, a piece of wood with one end thicker or broader than the other, used
in playing baseball, cricket, etc.
2. (Mining) Shale or bituminous shale. Kirwan.
3. A sheet of cotton used for filling quilts or comfortables; batting.
4. A part of a brick with one whole end.
Bat bolt (Machinery), a bolt barbed or jagged at its butt or tang to make it hold the more firmly. Knight.
(Bat), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Batted (bat"ted); p. pr. & vb. n. Batting.] To strike or hit with a bat or
a pole; to cudgel; to beat. Holland.
(Bat), v. i. To use a bat, as in a game of baseball.
(Bat), n. [Corrupt. from OE. back, backe, balke; cf. Dan. aften-bakke (aften evening), Sw. natt-
backa Icel. leðr- blaka Icel. blaka to flutter.] (Zoöl.) One of the Cheiroptera, an order of flying mammals,