Definition of bate :
1. An alkaline solution consisting of the dung of certain animals; - employed in the preparation of hides; grainer.
2. imp. of Bite.
3. See 2d Bath.
4. Strife; contention.
5. To allow by way of abatement or deduction.
6. To attack; to bait.
7. To deprive of.
8. To flutter as a hawk; to bait.
9. To leave out; to except.
10. To lessen by retrenching, deducting, or reducing; to abate; to beat down; to lower.
11. To remit or retrench a part; - with of.
12. To remove.
13. To steep in bate, as hides, in the manufacture of leather.
14. To waste away.
- " But they give picnics that does bate all. - "Mr. Dooley: In the Hearts of His Countrymen", Finley Peter Dunne.
- No, I must love you; heaven may bate me that, And charge that sinful sympathy of souls Upon our parents, when they loved too well. - "The Works Of John Dryden, Vol. 7 (of 18) The Duke of Guise; Albion and Albanius; Don Sebastian", John Dryden.
- He also said that, fine as all Irish children undoubtedly were, Cork produced the flower of them all, and the finest women and the finest men; backing his opinion with an Homeric vaunt which Francesca took down on the spot:- 'I'd back one man from Corkshire To bate ten more from Yorkshire: Kerrymen Agin Derrymen, And Munster agin creation, Wirrasthrue! - "Penelope's Irish Experiences", Kate Douglas Wiggin.