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  • WordNet 3.6
    • n batman an orderly assigned to serve a British military officer
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Superman dates back to June 1938, when he appeared in Action Comics No. 1. Batman arrived on the scene one year later in Detective Comics No. 27, appearing May 1939.
    • n Batman A man who has charge of a bathorse and his load.
    • n Batman băt"măn A weight used in the East, varying according to the locality; in Turkey, the greater batman is about 157 pounds, the lesser only a fourth of this; at Aleppo and Smyrna, the batman is 17 pounds.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Batman and Robin live in Gotham City.
    • n batman A person allowed by the government to every company of a regiment on foreign service. His duty is to take charge of the cooking utensils, etc., of the company. There is in the charge of the batman a bathorse for each company to convey the cooking utensils from place to place. Imp. Dict.
    • n batman A Turkish weight varying in amount in different localities. The batman formerly legal throughout the empire, now used in Constantinople and Smyrna, is 17 pounds avoirdupois. The great batman of Constantinople is 22.5 pounds; the little batman is 5.6 pounds. The batman of Tabriz is 6.4 pounds; the batman of Shiraz is 12.7 pounds; the batmanrei of Teheran is 28.3 pounds.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Batman bat′man a man who has charge of a bathorse.
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. bât, packsaddle + E. man,. Cf. Bathorse
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
See Bathorse.


In literature:

So I told my batman to get hot water brought there in the mornings.
"An Onlooker in France 1917-1919" by William Orpen
It happened one quiet forenoon that a batman was cleaning his officer's revolver.
"The Fifth Battalion Highland Light Infantry in the War 1914-1918" by F.L. Morrison
Then he had been wounded, and had turned batman for awhile.
"VC -- A Chronicle of Castle Barfield and of the Crimea" by David Christie Murray
Mr. Batman, who had devoted twelve months to the pursuit of the blacks, obtained 2,000 acres of land.
"The History of Tasmania, Volume II (of 2)" by John West
Batman felt that he had been unfairly dealt with, although the government paid him about thirty-five thousand dollars for his claim.
"The Land of the Kangaroo" by Thomas Wallace Knox
Batman, first settler in Victoria, 63.
"A Boy's Voyage Round the World" by The Son of Samuel Smiles
How'd you like to be my batman?
"Mercenary" by Dallas McCord Reynolds
He slept soundly and was wakened an hour before dawn by his batman.
"Tam O' The Scoots" by Edgar Wallace
Before we left Canada Huts, I was provided with a batman, coming of course from A Company.
"Q.6.a and Other places" by Francis Buckley
Batman again started on foot to explore that river whose mouth lay there in front of him.
"History of Australia and New Zealand" by Alexander Sutherland
There is also a smaller batman in Turkey, of about 4 lbs.
"The Sailor's Word-Book" by William Henry Smyth
Some, like my first batman Dinsdale, died in hospital at Alexandria or in Malta.
"With Manchesters in the East" by Gerald B. Hurst
Max, in his role as batman, conducted him to Joe, doing little to keep his scowl of dislike for the Hungarian from his face.
"Frigid Fracas" by Dallas McCord Reynolds
We were sorry for the batman; we were sorry for Harry.
"The Secret Battle" by A. P. Herbert
He had been an officer's batman.
"I Walked in Arden" by Jack Crawford
Just then my batman put his head inside the tent-flap and asked me if I had heard the roar, adding that there was a tiger in the camp.
"McClure's Magazine, Vol. 1, No. 4, September 1893" by Various
In one sense Batman did take up land on an enormous scale.
"Australian Pictures" by Howard Willoughby
In 1836 John Batman landed at Port Phillip, and permanently settled there.
"Our First Half-Century" by Government of Queensland
My batman will give you one of mine.
"The Blower of Bubbles" by Arthur Beverley Baxter
Only one batman for four officers was allowed us.
"The Secrets of a Kuttite" by Edward O. Mousley

In poetry:

Colonel and batman, emperor and assassin,
Democratized by silence and corruption,
Defy identification with identical grin:
The joke is long, will brook no interruption.
"An Old Lament Renewed" by Vernon Scannell

In news:

The Birmingham News Lucas Joiner controls a remote batmobile as a large crowd turned out at a Hoover Public Library event with a costumed Batman character in conjunction with the opening of "The Dark Knight" movie.
Wil Wheaton Takes the Blue Beetle Back to His Silver Age Roots on Batman: The Brave and the Bold.
The one in the Batman shirt seems excited but the other guy is a little nervous.
Batman is back for another spin around Gotham, but whatever happened to Robin.
Then/Now: All the actors who played 'Batman'.
The images are very iconic and could be used for any Batman story .
Batman streaker strikes at Sunday's Ravens game.
Okay, while Harvey didn't technically streak, since he actually wore a pair of Batman underwear and a cape, he's still out on his ace.
Batman streaker banned for life by the Orioles.
Batman vs the Classist ' Street Cred ' Dillemma.
Let's talk about Batman, because I don't think anyone has said enough things, made enough memes, or re-posted enough news stories about all things concerning BATMAN.
Anne Hathaway isn't messing around on the set of the new 'Batman' film.
Do you have a love of all things Batman, but wish the theme music had a bit more edge to it.
Chicano Batman plays a sunshiny set on a cold day at Voodoo.
Stream a track from the upcoming 'Batman: Arkham City' soundtrack.

In science:

The Robin to Chernoff-Hoeffding’s Batman is the union bound.
Chernoff-Hoeffding Inequality and Applications