(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 plaything.

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.

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