I. noun 1. a quantity or consignment of goods produced at one time. •
a batch of bread.
• the company undertakes thirty-six separate quality control checks on every batch.
• [as modifier]
‹informal› a number of things or people regarded as a group or set
a batch of loyalists and sceptics.
[Computing] a group of records processed as a single unit, usually without input from a user.[as modifier]
• this should be run as a batch program from the process directory.
II. verb — [with obj.] 1. arrange (things) in sets or groups. • I had nothing to do but batch the reports.
– origin late 15th cent. (in the senses ‘process of baking’, ‘quantity produced at one baking’): based on an Old English word related to bacan (see bake). Current senses date from the early 18th cent.