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  3  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Batch  \Batch\,  n.  [OE.  bache,  bacche  fr  AS  bacan  to  bake;  cf 
  G.  geb["a]ck  and  D.  baksel  See  {Bake},  v.  t.] 
  1.  The  quantity  of  bread  baked  at  one  time. 
 
  2.  A  quantity  of  anything  produced  at  one  operation;  a  group 
  or  collection  of  persons  or  things  of  the  same  kind  as  a 
  batch  of  letters;  the  next  batch  of  business.  ``A  new 
  batch  of  Lords.''  --Lady  M.  W.  Montagu. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  batch 
  n  1:  all  the  loaves  of  bread  baked  at  the  same  time 
  2:  (often  followed  by  `of')  a  large  number  or  amount  or  extent: 
  "a  batch  of  letters";  "a  deal  of  trouble";  "a  lot  of 
  money";  "it  must  have  cost  plenty"  [syn:  {deal},  {flock}, 
  {good  deal},  {great  deal},  {hatful},  {heap},  {lot},  {mass}, 
  {mess},  {mickle},  {mint},  {muckle},  {peck},  {pile},  {plenty}, 
  {pot},  {quite  a  little},  {raft},  {sight},  {slew},  {spate}, 
  {stack},  {tidy  sum},  {wad},  {whole  lot},  {whole  slew}] 
  3:  a  collection  of  things  or  persons  to  be  handled  together 
  [syn:  {clutch}] 
  v  :  batch  together;  assemble  or  process  as  a  batch 
 
  From  Jargon  File  (4.2.3,  23  NOV  2000)  [jargon]: 
 
  batch  adj  1.  Non-interactive.  Hackers  use  this  somewhat  more 
  loosely  than  the  traditional  technical  definitions  justify;  in 
  particular,  switches  on  a  normally  interactive  program  that  prepare 
  it  to  receive  non-interactive  command  input  are  often  referred  to  as 
  `batch  mode'  switches.  A  `batch  file'  is  a  series  of  instructions 
  written  to  be  handed  to  an  interactive  program  running  in  batch  mode. 
  2.  Performance  of  dreary  tasks  all  at  one  sitting.  "I  finally  sat 
  down  in  batch  mode  and  wrote  out  checks  for  all  those  bills;  I  guess 
  they'll  turn  the  electricity  back  on  next  week..."  3.  `batching  up': 
  Accumulation  of  a  number  of  small  tasks  that  can  be  lumped  together  for 
  greater  efficiency.  "I'm  batching  up  those  letters  to  send  sometime" 
  "I'm  batching  up  bottles  to  take  to  the  recycling  center." 
 
 




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