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Etymology 1

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

Noun

Singular
batch

Plural
es

batch (es)
  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.
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Verb

Infinitive
to batch

Third person singular
batches

Simple past
batched

Past participle
-

Present participle
batching

to 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 batch process a set of input data or requests.
    The purchase requests for the day were stored in a queue and batched for printing the next morning.

Adjective

batch (not comparable)

Positive
batch

Comparative
not comparable

Superlative
none (absolute)

  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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References

batch” in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913.

  • 1996, T.F. Hoad, The Concise Oxford Dictionary of Etymology, Oxford University Press, ISBN 0192830988

Etymology 2

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

Verb

Infinitive
to batch

Third person singular
batch

Simple past
-

Past participle
-

Present participle
es

to batch (third-person singular simple present batch, present participle es, simple past and past participle -)
  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 notes
  • Often with it: "I usually batch it three nights a week when she calls on her out-of-town accounts."

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