Batement light(Arch.), a window or one division of a window having vertical sides, but with the sill not horizontal, as where it follows the rake of a staircase.

(Bat"fish`) n. (Zoöl.) A name given to several species of fishes: (a) The Malthe vespertilio of the Atlantic coast. (b) The flying gurnard of the Atlantic (c) The California batfish or sting ray (Myliobatis Californicus.)

(Bat"fowl`er) n. One who practices or finds sport in batfowling.

(Bat"fowl`ing) n. [From Bat a stick.] A mode of catching birds at night, by holding a torch or other light, and beating the bush or perch where they roost. The birds, flying to the light, are caught with nets or otherwise.

(Bat"ful) a. [Icel. bati amelioration, batna to grow better; akin to AS. bet better. Goth. ga- batnan to profit. &radic255. Cf. Batten, v. i., Better.] Rich; fertile. [Obs.] "Batful valleys." Drayton.

(Bath) n.; pl. Baths [AS. bæð; akin to OS. & Icel. bað, Sw., Dan., D., & G. bad, and perh. to G. bähen to foment.]

1. The act of exposing the body, or part of the body, for purposes of cleanliness, comfort, health, etc., to water, vapor, hot air, or the like; as, a cold or a hot bath; a medicated bath; a steam bath; a hip bath.

2. Water or other liquid for bathing.

3. A receptacle or place where persons may immerse or wash their bodies in water.

4. A building containing an apartment or a series of apartments arranged for bathing.

Among the ancients, the public baths were of amazing extent and magnificence.

5. (Chem.) A medium, as heated sand, ashes, steam, hot air, through which heat is applied to a body.

6. (Photog.) A solution in which plates or prints are immersed; also, the receptacle holding the solution.

Bath is used adjectively or in combination, in an obvious sense of or for baths or bathing; as, bathroom, bath tub, bath keeper.

Douche bath. See Douche.Order of the Bath, a high order of British knighthood, composed of three classes, viz., knights grand cross, knights commanders, and knights companions, abbreviated thus: G. C. B., K. C. B., K. B.Russian bath, a kind of vapor bath which consists in a prolonged exposure of the body to the influence of the steam of water, followed by washings and shampooings.Turkish bath, a kind of bath in which a profuse perspiration is produced by hot air, after which the body is washed and shampooed.Bath house, a house used for the purpose of bathing; — also a small house, near a bathing place, where a bather undresses and dresses.

(Bath) n. [Heb.] A Hebrew measure containing the tenth of a homer, or five gallons and three pints, as a measure for liquids; and two pecks and five quarts, as a dry measure.

Bated to Battery

(Bat"ed) a. Reduced; lowered; restrained; as, to speak with bated breath. Macaulay.

(Bate"ful) a. Exciting contention; contentious. [Obs.] "It did bateful question frame." Sidney.

(Bate"less), a. Not to be abated. [Obs.] Shak.

(Bate"ment) n. [For Abatement. See 2d Bate.] Abatement; diminution. Moxon.

  By PanEris using Melati.

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