Bathos (n.) A ludicrous descent from the elevated to the low, in writing or speech; anticlimax. Batlet (n.) A short bat for beating clothes in washing them; -- called also batler, batling staff, batting staff. Battel (n.) Provisions ordered from the buttery; also, the charges for them; -- only in the pl., except when used adjectively. i.) To be supplied with provisions from the buttery. i.) To grow fat; to grow fat in ease and luxury; to glut one's self. t.) The movable bar of a loom, which strikes home or closes the threads of a woof. t.) To beat with successive blows; to beat repeatedly and with violence, so as to bruise, shatter, or demolish; as, to batter a wall or rampart. t.) To wear or impair as if by beating or by hard usage. t.) To flatten (metal) by hammering, so as to compress it inwardly and spread it outwardly. t.) A semi-liquid mixture of several ingredients, as, flour, eggs, milk, etc., beaten together and used in cookery. Batter (n.) A backward slope in the face of a wall or of a bank; receding slope. Bailer (n.) A utensil, as a bucket or cup, used in bailing; a machine for bailing water out of a pit. Bailey (n.) The space immediately within the outer wall of a castle or fortress. Bakery (n.) The place for baking bread; a bakehouse. Ballet (n.) The company of persons who perform the ballet.
Commonly in the phrase blind bayard, an old blind horse. The cabalists pretend even to foretell events by this means. t.) A bruise on the face of a plate or of type in the form. t.) A general action, fight, or encounter, in which all the divisions of an army are or may be engaged; an engagement; a combat. Ballet (n.) An artistic dance performed as a theatrical entertainment, or an interlude, by a number of persons, usually women. Bandle (n.) An Irish measure of two feet in length. Banian (n.) A man's loose gown, like that worn by the Banians. Bantam (n.) A variety of small barnyard fowl, with feathered legs, probably brought from Bantam, a district of Java. t.) To address playful good-natured ridicule to, -- the person addressed, or something pertaining to him, being the subject of the jesting; to rally; as, he bantered me about my credulity. t.) To jest about; to ridicule in speaking of, as some trait, habit, characteristic, and the like. Banian (n.) A Hindoo trader, merchant, cashier, or money changer. Banner (n.) Any flag or standard; as, the star-spangled banner. Basalt (n.) An imitation, in pottery, of natural basalt; a kind of black porcelain. Barite (n.) Native sulphate of barium, a mineral occurring in transparent, colorless, white to yellow crystals (generally tabular), also in granular form, and in compact massive forms resembling marble.