"bats" in the noun sense
1. bat, chiropteran
nocturnal mouselike mammal with forelimbs modified to form membranous wings and anatomical adaptations for echolocation by which they navigate
2. bat, at-bat
baseball) a turn trying to get a hit
"he was at bat when it happened"
"he got four hits in four at-bats"
3. squash racket, squash racquet, bat
a small racket with a long handle used for playing squash
4. cricket bat, bat
the club used in playing cricket
"a cricket bat has a narrow handle and a broad flat end for hitting"
a club used for hitting a ball in various games
"bats" in the verb sense
strike with, or as if with a baseball bat
"bat the ball"
2. bat, flutter
"bat one's eyelids"
have a turn at bat
"Jones bats first, followed by Martinez"
use a bat
5. cream, bat, clobber, drub, thrash, lick
beat thoroughly and conclusively in a competition or fight
"We licked the other team on Sunday!"
"bats" in the adjective sense
1. balmy, barmy, bats, batty, bonkers, buggy, cracked, crackers, daft, dotty, fruity, haywire, kooky, kookie, loco, loony, loopy, nuts, nutty, round the bend, around the bend, wacky, whacky
informal or slang terms for mentally irregular
"it used to drive my husband balmy"
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