Definition of bate:
- An alkaline solution consisting of the dung of certain animals; - employed in the preparation of hides; grainer.
- imp. of Bite.
- See 2d Bath.
- Strife; contention.
- To allow by way of abatement or deduction.
- To attack; to bait.
- To deprive of.
- To flutter as a hawk; to bait.
- To leave out; to except.
- To lessen by retrenching, deducting, or reducing; to abate; to beat down; to lower.
- To remit or retrench a part; - with of.
- To remove.
- To steep in bate, as hides, in the manufacture of leather.
- To waste away.
- "Mr. Dooley: In the Hearts of His Countrymen", Finley Peter Dunne.
- "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.