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.
She held it with one hand, as she poised her battledore with the other.
Not Like Other Girls Rosa N. Carey
The difference is that instead of racquet and ball, battledore and shuttlecock are used.
The Complete Bachelor Walter Germain
When my battledore and shuttle-cock comes, I’ll let you all play with ’em.
Little Men Louisa May Alcott
Why do we hear a noise when we strike the shuttlecock with the battledore?
The Reason Why Anonymous
After a long spell of work, the battledore is seized and the shuttlecock bounces up to the glass roof.
The Strand Magazine, Volume V, Issue 30, June 1893 Various
But their especial delight was our battledore and shuttlecocks.
Intimate China Mrs. Archibald Little
Beginning with the New Year there came the great game with the girls of battledore and shuttlecock.
The Historical Child Oscar Chrisman
There is no battledore long enough to reach him in either way.
Narrative And Miscellaneous Papers Thomas De Quincey
The voice of the battledore is silent in the entrance-hall, and the shuttlecock sleeps.
Alas! Rhoda Broughton
Do you not feel that the girls should not be chucked about like balls from a battledore?
Ayala’s Angel Anthony Trollope
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.
- Battle dress
military field uniform and accouterments, generally camouflaged and stripped of all ornamentation. Historical Examples This was his battle dress, and the only defensive armour which he wore. Captain Paul Alexandre Dumas, Pere Men in battle dress were establishing a perimeter around the clubhouse. And Then the Town Took Off Richard Wilson He was tall, taller […]
- Battle fatigue
a posttraumatic stress disorder occurring among soldiers engaged in active combat, characterized by excessive autonomic arousal, psychic numbing, and persistent reliving of traumatic experiences. Contemporary Examples But as time passed, more people began to suffer from battle fatigue. Letting Down Our Guard Michael Chertoff December 28, 2009 As battle fatigue grows in rebel-controlled areas, the […]
the field or ground on which a battle is fought. an area of contention, conflict, or hostile opposition: During that era the classroom became a battlefield of incompatible ideologies. Contemporary Examples Certain sections of the battlefield,” he adds, “were littered with the ghastly remains of burnt-out tanks and incinerated crews. How the War Ended: WWI’s […]
the extreme forward area of a battlefield, where troops are in direct contact with the enemy. Contemporary Examples There was no divide between the home front and the battlefront. Hitler’s Killer Women Revealed in New History Wendy Lower October 5, 2013 Reporters whose only battlefront experience may have been color war in camp, mocked him […]