In baseball, the pitcher is the player who throws the baseball from the pitcher’s mound toward the catcher to begin each play, with the goal of retiring a batter, who attempts to either make contact with the pitched ball or draw a walk. In the numbering system used to record defensive plays, the pitcher is assigned the number 1. The pitcher is often considered the most important player on the defensive side of the game, and as such is situated at the right end of the defensive spectrum. There are many different types of pitchers, such as the starting pitcher, relief pitcher, middle reliever, lefty specialist, setup man, and the closer.
Traditionally, the pitcher also bats. Starting in 1973 with the American League and spreading to further leagues throughout the 1980s and 1990s, the hitting duties of the pitcher have generally been given over to the position of designated hitter, a cause of some controversy. The National League in Major League Baseball and the Japanese Central League are among the remaining leagues that have not adopted the designated hitter position.
To hit or strike violently and repeatedly.
“The firemen battered down the door.”
To coat with batter (the food ingredient).
“I prefer it when they batter the cod with breadcrumbs.”
To defeat soundly; to thrash.
“Leeds United battered Charlton 7-0.”
“That cocktails will batter you!”
“I was battered last night on our pub crawl.”
To flatten (metal) by hammering, so as to compress it inwardly and spread it outwardly.
To slope (of walls, buildings etc.).
A beaten mixture of flour and liquid (usually egg and milk), used for baking (e.g. pancakes, cake, or Yorkshire pudding) or to coat food (e.g. fish) prior to frying
“To the dismay of his mother, the boy put his finger into the cake batter.”
A binge, a heavy drinking session.
“When he went on a batter, he became very violent.”
A paste of clay or loam.
A bruise on the face of a plate or of type in the form.
An incline on the outer face of a built wall.
The player attempting to hit the ball with a bat.
“The first batter hit the ball into the corner for a double.”
The player attempting to hit the ball with a bat; a batsman.
One who pitches anything, as hay, quoits, a ball, etc.
, the player who delivers the ball to the batter.
The top partner in a homosexual relationship or penetrator in a sexual encounter between two men.
A sort of crowbar for digging.
A wide-mouthed, deep vessel for holding liquids, with a spout or protruding lip and a handle; a water jug or jar with a large ear or handle.
A pitcher plant.