battered wife meaning, battered wife definition | English Cobuild dictionary



  ( batters    plural & 3rd person present)   ( battering    present participle)   ( battered    past tense & past participle  )
1       verb   If someone is battered, they are regularly hit and badly hurt by a member of their family or by their partner.  
...evidence that the child was being battered.      be V-ed  
...boys who witness fathers battering their mothers.      V n  
...battered wives.      V-ed  
  battering      n-uncount  
Leaving the relationship does not mean that the battering will stop.     
2       verb   To batter someone means to hit them many times, using fists or a heavy object.  
He battered her around the head...      V n prep/adv  
He was battered unconscious.      be V-ed adj, Also V n  
  battered      adj  
Her battered body was discovered in a field.     
3       verb   If a place is batteredby wind, rain, or storms, it is seriously damaged or affected by very bad weather.  
usu passive   (=pound)  
The country has been battered by winds of between fifty and seventy miles an hour.      be V-ed  
...a storm that's been battering the Northeast coastline.      V n  
4       verb   If you batter something, you hit it many times, using your fists or a heavy object.  
They were battering the door, they were breaking in...      V n  
Batter the steaks flat.      V n adj  
5       n-var   Batter is a mixture of flour, eggs, and milk that is used in cooking.  
...pancake batter., in batter.     
6       n-count   In sports such as baseball and softball, a batter is a person who hits the ball with a wooden bat.  
...batters and pitchers.     
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attractive woman that you marry to show your success


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