batch

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PronunciationEdit

Etymology 1Edit

From Middle English bache, bæcche, from Old English bæċe, beċe (brook, stream), from Proto-Germanic *bakiz (brook), from Proto-Indo-European *bʰog- (flowing water). More at beach.

Alternative formsEdit

  • baiche (obsolete)

NounEdit

batch (plural batches)

  1. A bank; a sandbank.
  2. A field or patch of ground lying near a stream; the dale in which a stream flows.

Etymology 2Edit

From Middle English bache (or bacche), from Old English bæcce (something baked), from bacan (to bake). Compare German Gebäck and Dutch baksel.

NounEdit

batch (plural batches)

  1. The quantity of bread or other baked goods baked at one time.
    We made a batch of cookies to take to the party.
  2. A quantity of anything produced at one operation.
    We poured a bucket of water in top, and the ice maker spit out a batch of icecubes at the bottom.
  3. A group or collection of things of the same kind, such as a batch of letters or the next batch of business.
    • A new batch of Lords. --Lady M. W. Montagu.
  4. (computing) A set of data to be processed with one execution of a program.
    The system throttled itself to batches of 50 requests at a time to keep the thread count under control.
  5. (UK, dialect, Midlands) A bread roll.
  6. (Philippines) A graduating class.
    She was the valedictorian of Batch '73.
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VerbEdit

batch (third-person singular simple present batches, present participle batching, simple past and past participle batched)

  1. To aggregate things together into a batch.
    The contractor batched the purchase orders for the entire month into one statement.
  2. (computing) To handle a set of input data or requests as a batch process.
    The purchase requests for the day were stored in a queue and batched for printing the next morning.

AdjectiveEdit

batch (not comparable)

  1. Of a process, operating for a defined set of conditions, and then halting.
    The plant had two batch assembly lines for packaging, as well as a continuous feed production line.
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Etymology 3Edit

from an abbreviation of the pronunciation of bachelor (unmarried adult male)

VerbEdit

batch (third-person singular simple present batches, present participle batching, simple past and past participle batched)

  1. (informal) To live as a bachelor temporarily, of a married man or someone virtually married.
    I am batching next week when my wife visits her sister.
Usage notesEdit
  • Often with it: "I usually batch it three nights a week when she calls on her out-of-town accounts."

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NounEdit

batch c

  1. (computing, slang) a batch (of commands, processed as a group)

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Last modified on 27 March 2014, at 06:46