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BAT,1 BATT, n. and v. [bɑt]

1. n.

(1) A staple or loop of iron. Ags. 1761  in D. Grewar Story of Glenisla (1926) 154:
To William Nicol for batts to the bellhouse ¥1. 4.
Gsw. 1701  Records Burgh Glasgow (ed. Marwick 1908) 340:
Item, to James Stirling, merchan, for lead to fasten the batts of the doors.
Uls. 1880  W. H. Patterson Gl. Ant. and Dwn.:
Bats and bands, a description of rude hinges, consisting of a hook which is driven into the door-frame, and a strap with an eye which is nailed to the door, so that the door can at any time be lifted off its hinges. [Given also in J. Barrowman Sc. Mining Terms 8.]

(2) (See quot.) Sc. 1886  J. Barrowman Sc. Mining Terms 8:
Bats, sometimes used to denote the hard part of the holing under a seam.

2. v. (See quot.) Cai. 1905  D. Nicolson in E.D.D. Suppl.:
Bat. To fix against a wall, etc. with hold-fasts.

[O.Sc. bat(t), n., an iron bar; v. = to fix something with bats or with lead. O.Fr. batte, a club, prob. connected with Fr. battre, to beat.]

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