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doc Definition of bate
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    noun
  • Strife; contention.
  • source: Webster 1913
  • See 2d Bath.
  • source: Webster 1913
  • An alkaline solution consisting of the dung of certain animals; -- employed in the preparation of hides; grainer.
  • source: Webster 1913
    verb
  • moderate or restrain; lessen the force of
  • He bated his breath when talking about this affair.
    Capable of bating his enthusiasm.
    source: WordNet 3.0
  • flap the wings wildly or frantically; used of falcons
  • source: WordNet 3.0
  • soak in a special solution to soften and remove chemicals used in previous treatments
  • Bate hides and skins.
    source: WordNet 3.0
  • To lessen by retrenching, deducting, or reducing; to abate; to beat down; to lower.
  • source: Webster 1913
  • To remit or retrench a part; -- with of.
  • source: Webster 1913
  • To attack; to bait.
  • source: Webster 1913
  • To flutter as a hawk; to bait.
  • source: Webster 1913
  • To steep in bate, as hides, in the manufacture of leather.
  • source: Webster 1913
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