(Or script) A text file containing operating system commands which are executed automatically by the command-line interpreter. In Unix, this is called a “shell script” since it is the Unix shell which includes the command-line interpreter. Batch files can be used as a simple way to combine existing commands into new commands.
In Microsoft Windows, batch files have filename extension, “.bat” or “.cmd”. A special example is autoexec.bat which MS-DOS runs when Windows starts.
- Batch out
batch out verb phrase To start and accelerate a car from a standstill (1950s+ Hot rodders)
- Batch plant
a manufacturing plant where concrete is mixed before being transported to a construction site ready to be poured.
- Batch processing
a form of data processing in which a number of input jobs are grouped for processing during the same machine run. noun manufacturing products or treating materials in batches, by passing the output of one process to subsequent processes Compare continuous processing a system by which the computer programs of a number of individual users […]
a quantity or number coming at one time or taken together: a batch of prisoners. the quantity of material prepared or required for one operation: mixing a batch of concrete. the quantity of bread, cookies, dough, or the like, made at one baking. Computers. a group of jobs, data, or programs treated as a unit […]