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bat mitzvah a Jewish ceremony that celebrates a girl becoming an adult and the beginning of her religious duties. The bat mitzvah usually takes place when the girl is thirteen years old.
baton a thin rod or stick used by a conductor in leading an orchestra. [3 definitions]
battalion a large group of soldiers, made up of several companies.
batter1 to beat hard again and again, or to damage by beating. [2 definitions]
batter2 a thick mixture of liquid, flour, eggs, and other ingredients, often baked into bread or cake.
batter3 the person who stands in to bat the ball in baseball, softball, or cricket.
battering ram a heavy beam once used in war to break through doors, walls, or gates.
battery a device that makes electricity by using chemical reactions. Batteries are used to power many things, including cars, flashlights, toys, and watches. [3 definitions]
battle a fight between two armed persons or forces during a war. [4 definitions]
battlefield the area in which a battle takes place.
battleground a battlefield.
battlement (often plural) a wall along the top of a castle, fort, or tower that has openings for people to shoot through.
battleship a large military ship that has heavy armor and large guns.
bawl to cry loudly or strongly; wail. [2 definitions]
bawl out (informal) to scold loudly.
bay1 a part of a sea or lake that cuts into a coastline and is partly surrounded by land.
Bay of Bengal a bay of the Indian Ocean bordered mostly by India, Bangladesh, and Myanmar.
bayonet a weapon like a knife attached to the front end of a rifle for use in close fighting.
bayou a stream that moves slowly through a swamp or marsh. Bayous are found in the southern United States.
bazaar an outdoor street market made up of rows of little shops or stalls where people buy and sell things. [2 definitions]
B.C.1 an abbreviation for "before Christ." These letters are placed after a date that is earlier than the birth of Christ. [2 definitions]