Also called battledore and shuttlecock. a game from which badminton was developed, played since ancient times in India and other Asian countries.
a light racket for striking the shuttlecock in this game.
a 17th- and 18th-century hornbook of wood or cardboard, used as a child’s primer.
to toss or fly back and forth:
to battledore the plan among one’s colleagues.
Also called battledore and shuttlecock. an ancient racket game
a light racket, smaller than a tennis racket, used for striking the shuttlecock in this game
(formerly) a wooden utensil used for beating clothes, in baking, etc
mid-15c., “bat-like implement used in washing clothes,” of unknown origin, perhaps from Old Provençal batedor, Spanish batidor “beater, bat,” from batir “to beat;” perhaps blended with Middle English betel “hammer, mallet.” As a trype of racket used in a game, from 1590s.
a state of the U.S. in which the Democratic and Republican candidates both have a good chance of winning: the swing states of Ohio and Indiana.
Often, battlements. a parapet or cresting, originally defensive but later usually decorative, consisting of a regular alternation of merlons and crenels; crenelation. Historical Examples At this spectacle Banfy’s face suddenly glowed; he thought he saw a woman’s figure on the battlement of the tower. The Golden Age in Transylvania Mr Jkai She bent over the […]
Often, battlements. a parapet or cresting, originally defensive but later usually decorative, consisting of a regular alternation of merlons and crenels; crenelation. Contemporary Examples While the ghost of default stalks the battlements, he dithers and spouts soliloquies. To Be or Not To Be…A Loser: Boehner’s Hamlet Moment Joe McLean October 3, 2013 Historical Examples When […]
noun a painting, relief, mosaic, etc, depicting a battle, usually commemorating an actual event