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 for batch
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Batch \Batch\, n. [OE. bache, bacche, fr. AS. bacan to bake; cf.
     G. geb[aum]ck and D. baksel. See Bake, v. t.]
     [1913 Webster]
     1. The quantity of bread baked at one time.
        [1913 Webster]
  
     2. A quantity of anything produced at one operation; a group
        or collection of persons or things of the same kind; as, a
        batch of letters; the next batch of business. "A new batch
        of Lords." --Lady M. W. Montagu.
        [1913 Webster]

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  batch
      n 1: all the loaves of bread baked at the same time
      2: (often followed by `of') a large number or amount or extent;
         "a batch of letters"; "a deal of trouble"; "a lot of money";
         "he made a mint on the stock market"; "see the rest of the
         winners in our huge passel of photos"; "it must have cost
         plenty"; "a slew of journalists"; "a wad of money" [syn:
         batch, deal, flock, good deal, great deal,
         hatful, heap, lot, mass, mess, mickle, mint,
         mountain, muckle, passel, peck, pile, plenty,
         pot, quite a little, raft, sight, slew, spate,
         stack, tidy sum, wad]
      3: a collection of things or persons to be handled together
         [syn: batch, clutch]
      v 1: batch together; assemble or process as a batch

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  85 Moby Thesaurus words for "batch":
     amount, array, assortment, block, budget, bulk, bunch, bundle,
     chunk, clod, clump, cluster, clutch, collection, considerable,
     copse, count, crop, deal, dose, gob, gobs, good deal, great deal,
     group, grouping, groupment, grove, hassock, heap, heaps, hunk,
     knot, large amount, lashings, loads, loaf, lot, lots, lump, make,
     making, mass, measure, mess, mint, nugget, number, oodles, pack,
     parcel, part, pat, peck, pile, piles, portion, pot, quantity,
     quite a little, raft, rafts, ration, run, scads, set, shock, sight,
     slew, slews, small amount, spate, stack, stacks, stook, sum,
     thicket, tidy sum, tuft, tussock, volume, wad, wads, whole slew,
     wisp
  
  

From The Jargon File (version 4.4.7, 29 Dec 2003) :

  batch
   adj.
  
      1. Non-interactive. Hackers use this somewhat more loosely than the
      traditional technical definitions justify; in particular, switches on a
      normally interactive program that prepare it to receive non-interactive
      command input are often referred to as batch mode switches. A batch file is
      a series of instructions written to be handed to an interactive program
      running in batch mode.
  
      2. Performance of dreary tasks all at one sitting. ?I finally sat down in
      batch mode and wrote out checks for all those bills; I guess they'll turn
      the electricity back on next week...?
  
      3. batching up: Accumulation of a number of small tasks that can be lumped
      together for greater efficiency. ?I'm batching up those letters to send
      sometime? ?I'm batching up bottles to take to the recycling center.?
  
      [crunchly-2]
  

From The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing (18 March 2015) :

  batch processing
  batch
  
      A system that takes a sequence (a "batch") of
     commands or jobs, executes them and returns the results, all
     without human intervention.  This contrasts with an
     interactive system where the user's commands and the
     computer's responses are interleaved during a single run.
  
     A batch system typically takes its commands from a disk file
     (or a set of punched cards or magnetic tape in the
     mainframe days) and returns the results to a file (or prints
     them).  Often there is a queue of jobs which the system
     processes as resources become available.
  
     Since the advent of the personal computer, the term "batch"
     has come to mean automating frequently performed tasks that
     would otherwise be done interactively by storing those
     commands in a "{batch file" or "{script}".  Usually this file
     is read by some kind of command interpreter but batch
     processing is sometimes used with GUI-based applications that
     define script equivalents for menu selections and other mouse
     actions.  Such a recorded sequence of GUI actions is sometimes
     called a "{macro".  This may only exist in memory and may not
     be saved to disk whereas a batch normally implies something
     stored on disk.
  
     Unix cron jobs and Windows scheduled tasks are batch
     processing started at a predefined time by the system whereas
     mainframe batch jobs were typically initiated by an operator
     loading them into a queue.
  
     (2009-09-14)
  

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