Definition of batch noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//bætʃ//
    ; NAmE NAmE//bætʃ//
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  1. 1a number of people or things that are dealt with as a group Each summer a new batch of students tries to find work. He worked his way through the batch of letters on his desk. We deliver the goods in batches.
  2. 2an amount of food, medicine, etc. produced at one time a batch of cookies loaves of bread baked in batches of 20 It is necessary to make new batches of flu vaccine whenever a different, virulent strain of flu makes an appearance.
  3. 3 (computing) a set of jobs that are processed together on a computer to process a batch job a batch file/program See related entries: Computer programming
  4. Word Originlate 15th cent. (in the senses ‘process of baking’, ‘quantity produced at one baking’): based on an Old English word related to bacan, of Germanic origin. Current senses date from the early 18th cent.Extra examples He baked a fresh batch of rolls. How many books are there in each batch? We deliver the goods in batches. a batch of letters the latest batch of opinion polls to run in batch mode Funding has been approved for an initial batch of 35 aircraft. New batches of flu vaccine must be made whenever a different strain of flu makes an appearance. Shall I make another batch of cookies? a batch file/​job/​program
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