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. (Science: 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.

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