(Bat"tle*door`) n. [OE. batyldour. A corrupted form of uncertain origin; cf. Sp. batallador a
great combatant, he who has fought many battles, Pg. batalhador, Pr. batalhador, warrior, soldier, fr.
L. battalia; or cf. Pr. batedor batlet, fr. batre to beat, fr. L. batuere. See Battle, n.]
1. An instrument, with a handle and a flat part covered with parchment or crossed with catgut, used to
strike a shuttlecock in play; also, the play of battledoor and shuttlecock.
2. [OE. battleder.] A child's hornbook. [Obs.] Halliwell.
(Bat"tle*ment) n. [OE. batelment; cf. OF. bataillement combat, fr. batailler, also OF. bastillier,
bateillier, to fortify. Cf. Battle, n., Bastile, Bastion.] (Arch.) (a) One of the solid upright parts of
a parapet in ancient fortifications. (b) pl. The whole parapet, consisting of alternate solids and open
spaces. At first purely a military feature, afterwards copied on a smaller scale with decorative features,
as for churches.
(Bat"tle*ment*ed) a. Having battlements.
A battlemented portal.
Sir W. Scott.
(Bat*tol"o*gist) n. One who battologizes.
(Bat*tol"o*gize) v. t. To keep repeating needlessly; to iterate. Sir T. Herbert.
(Bat*tol"o*gy) n. [F. battologie, fr. Gr. battologi`a; ba`ttos; a stammerer + lo`gos; speech.] A
needless repetition of words in speaking or writing. Milton.
(Bat"ton) n. See Batten, and Baton.
(||Bat"tue`) n. [F. battue, fr. battre to beat. See Batter, v. t., and cf. Battuta.] (Hunting) (a)
The act of beating the woods, bushes, etc., for game. (b) The game itself. (c) The wanton slaughter
of game. Howitt.
(||Bat`ture") n. [F., fr. battre to beat.] An elevated river bed or sea bed.
(||Bat*tu"ta) n. [It. battuta, fr. battere to beat.] (Mus.) The measuring of time by beating.
(Bat"ty) a. Belonging to, or resembling, a bat. "Batty wings." Shak.
(Bat"ule) n. A springboard in a circus or gymnasium; called also batule board.
(||Batz) n.; pl. Batzen [Ger. batz, batze, batzen, a coin bearing the image of a bear, Ger. bätz,
betz, bear.] A small copper coin, with a mixture of silver, formerly current in some parts of Germany
and Switzerland. It was worth about four cents.
(Bau*bee") n. Same as Bawbee.
(Bau"ble) n. [Cf. OF. baubel a child's plaything, F. babiole, It. babbola, LL. baubellum gem,
jewel, L. babulus, a baburrus, foolish.]
1. A trifling piece of finery; a gewgaw; that which is gay and showy without real value; a cheap, showy
The ineffective bauble of an Indian pagod.
2. The fool's club. [Obs.] "A fool's bauble was a short stick with a head ornamented with an ass's ears
fantastically carved upon it." Nares.