[syn: batch, clutch]
1. batch together; assemble or process as a batch;
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Batch \Batch\, n. [OE. bache, bacche, fr. AS. bacan to bake; cf.
G. geb[aum]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.
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
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";
"he made a mint on the stock market"; "see the rest of the
winners in our huge passel of photos"; "it must have cost
plenty"; "a slew of journalists"; "a wad of money" [syn:
batch, deal, flock, good deal, great deal,
hatful, heap, lot, mass, mess, mickle, mint,
mountain, muckle, passel, peck, pile, plenty,
pot, quite a little, raft, sight, slew, spate,
stack, tidy sum, wad]
3: a collection of things or persons to be handled together
[syn: batch, clutch]
v 1: batch together; assemble or process as a batch
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:
85 Moby Thesaurus words for "batch":
amount, array, assortment, block, budget, bulk, bunch, bundle,
chunk, clod, clump, cluster, clutch, collection, considerable,
copse, count, crop, deal, dose, gob, gobs, good deal, great deal,
group, grouping, groupment, grove, hassock, heap, heaps, hunk,
knot, large amount, lashings, loads, loaf, lot, lots, lump, make,
making, mass, measure, mess, mint, nugget, number, oodles, pack,
parcel, part, pat, peck, pile, piles, portion, pot, quantity,
quite a little, raft, rafts, ration, run, scads, set, shock, sight,
slew, slews, small amount, spate, stack, stacks, stook, sum,
thicket, tidy sum, tuft, tussock, volume, wad, wads, whole slew,
The Jargon File (version 4.4.7, 29 Dec 2003):
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.?
The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing (18 March 2015):
A system that takes a sequence (a "batch") of
commands or jobs, executes them and returns the results, all
without human intervention. This contrasts with an
interactive system where the user's commands and the
computer's responses are interleaved during a single run.
A batch system typically takes its commands from a disk file
(or a set of punched cards or magnetic tape in the
mainframe days) and returns the results to a file (or prints
them). Often there is a queue of jobs which the system
processes as resources become available.
Since the advent of the personal computer, the term "batch"
has come to mean automating frequently performed tasks that
would otherwise be done interactively by storing those
commands in a "batch file" or "script". Usually this file
is read by some kind of command interpreter but batch
processing is sometimes used with GUI-based applications that
define script equivalents for menu selections and other mouse
actions. Such a recorded sequence of GUI actions is sometimes
called a "macro". This may only exist in memory and may not
be saved to disk whereas a batch normally implies something
stored on disk.
Unix cron jobs and Windows scheduled tasks are batch
processing started at a predefined time by the system whereas
mainframe batch jobs were typically initiated by an operator
loading them into a queue.