Bating



with the exception of; excluding.
to moderate or restrain:
unable to bate our enthusiasm.
to lessen or diminish; abate:
setbacks that bated his hopes.
to diminish or subside; abate.
with bated breath, with breath drawn in or held because of anticipation or suspense:
We watched with bated breath as the runners approached the finish line.
(of a hawk) to flutter its wings and attempt to escape in a fit of anger or fear.
a state of violent anger or fear.
Tanning. to soak (leather) after liming in an alkaline solution to soften it and remove the lime.
the solution used.
Historical Examples

He will grant you something, and bate more; and this bating shall in conclusion take away all he granted.
Microcosmography John Earle

Now (bating the honeymoon), I do not agree with his lordship.
Newton Forster Captain Frederick Marryat

I thought you was bating him, so, as I had some business to attind to, I went away.
Paul the Peddler Horatio Alger, Jr.

For “bating on a full crop” is to be particularly avoided at all times.
The Art and Practice of Hawking Edward B. Michell

Dinged if I didn’t think yeou’d got abaout enough of it bating against Oakdale!
Rival Pitchers of Oakdale Morgan Scott

And I should do so as certainly, bating sickness or death, as that two and two make four.
Rob Roy, Complete, Illustrated Sir Walter Scott

This bating or puering is carried out in warm liquors, and the actions involved are several.
Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 16, Slice 3 Various

Yet (bating the conventions of eighteenth-century portraiture) the likeness was a good one.
Zuleika Dobson Max Beerbohm

“It’s like goin’ to church,” commented Mr. Jope, bating his voice.
News from the Duchy Sir Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch

Yes; I could have answered; ‘bating the difference which pride makes.
Clarissa, Volume 7 Samuel Richardson

verb
another word for abate
with bated breath, holding one’s breath in suspense or fear
verb
(intransitive) (of hawks) to jump violently from a perch or the falconer’s fist, often hanging from the leash while struggling to escape
verb (transitive)
to soak (skin or hides) in a special solution to soften them and remove chemicals used in previous treatments
noun
the solution used
noun
(Brit, slang) a bad temper or rage
v.

“to reduce, to lessen in intensity,” c.1300, shortening of abate (q.v.). Now only in phrase bated breath, which was used by Shakespeare in “The Merchant of Venice” (1596).

c.1300, “to contend with blows or arguments,” from Old French batre “to hit, beat, strike,” from Late Latin battere, from Latin batuere “to beat, knock” (see batter (v.)). In falconry, “to beat the wings impatiently and flutter away from the perch.” Figurative sense of “to flutter downward” attested from 1580s.

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