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a movement in which the dancer lifts one leg to the front, side, or back, and returns it to the supporting leg.
Historical Examples

Every ‘bar’ of the music is called either a ‘battement’ of the drum, or a ‘mesure’ of the chanson.
Shakespeare and Music Edward W. Naylor

(ballet) extension of one leg forwards, sideways, or backwards, either once or repeatedly


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