bat·ter 1 (bătər)
v. bat·tered, bat·ter·ing, bat·ters
a. To hit heavily and repeatedly with violent blows. See Synonyms at beat.
b. To subject to repeated beatings or physical abuse.
2. To damage, as by heavy wear: a shed battered by high winds.
a. To attack verbally, as with criticism.
b. To harass or distress, as with repeated questions. See Synonyms at assault.
To deliver repeated heavy blows; pound: battered on the door with both fists.
A damaged area on the face of type or on a plate.
[Middle English bateren, from Old French batre, from Late Latin battere, from Latin battuere.]
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