from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. An early form of badminton played with a flat wooden paddle and a shuttlecock.
- n. The paddle used in this game.
- n. A badminton racket.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A game played with a shuttlecock and rackets (properly battledore and shuttlecock); a forerunner of badminton.
- n. The racket used in this game.
- n. A child's hornbook for learning the alphabet.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. same as battledoor.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A bat or beetle used in washing clothes, or for smoothing them out while being laundered.
- n. An instrument shaped like a racket, but smaller, used in playing the game of battledore and shuttlecock.
- n. A paddle for a canoe.
- n. In glass-making, a flat square piece of polished iron with a wooden handle, used for flattening the bottoms of tumblers, or for similar purposes.
- n. A kind of paddle with a long handle, used for placing loaves in a baker's oven.
- n. A kind of horn-book: so called from its shape.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a light long-handled racket used by badminton players
- n. an ancient racket game
Middle English batildore, perhaps blend of betel, bat; see beetle3 and Old Provençal batedor, bat (from battre, to beat, from Late Latin battere; see batter1).(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)