1 a group or set of usually similar objects or people, esp. if sent off, handled, or arriving at the same time
2 the bread, cakes, etc., produced at one baking
3 the amount of a material needed for an operation
4 (Also called)
batch loaf a tall loaf having a close texture and a thick crust on the top and bottom, baked as part of a batch: the sides of each loaf are greased so that they will pull apart after baking to have pale crumby sides; made esp. in Scotland and Ireland
5 to group (items) for efficient processing
6 to handle by batch processing
(C15 bache; related to Old English bacan to bake; compare Old English gebæc batch, German Gebäck)
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