1) VERB If someone is battered, they are regularity hit and badly hurt by a member of their family or by their partner.

[be V-ed] ...evidence that the child was being battered.

[V n] ...boys who witness fathers battering their mothers.

[V-ed] ...battered wives.

Derived words:
battering N-UNCOUNT

Leaving the relationship does not mean that the battering will stop.

2) VERB To batter someone means to hit them many times, using fists or a heavy object.

[V n prep/adv] He battered her around the head...

[V n prep/adv] A karate expert battered a man to death...

[be V-ed adj] He was battered unconscious. [Also V n]

Derived words:
battered ADJ-GRADED

Her battered body was discovered in a field.

3) VERB: usu passive If a place is battered by wind, rain, or storms, it is seriously damaged or affected by very bad weather.

[be V-ed] The country has been battered by winds of between fifty and seventy miles an hour.

[V n] ...a storm that's been battering the Northeast coastline.

4) VERB If you batter something, you hit it many times, using your fists or a heavy object.

[V n] They were battering the door, they were breaking in...

[V n adj] Batter the steaks flat.

5) N-VAR Batter is a mixture of flour, eggs, and milk that is used in cooking.

...pancake batter. in batter.

6) N-COUNT In sports such as baseball and softball, a batter is a person who hits the ball with a wooden bat.

...batters and pitchers.

7) See also , battering
Phrasal Verbs:

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