1. 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.

2. To wear or impair as if by beating or by hard usage. "Each battered jade."

3. <chemistry> To flatten (metal) by hammering, so as to compress it inwardly and spread it outwardly.

Origin: OE. Bateren, OF. Batre, F. Battre, fr. LL. Battere, for L. Batuere to strike, beat; of unknown origin. Cf. Abate, Bate to abate.

(01 Mar 1998)