Pronunciation: (bat'l-dôr", -dōr"), [key]
—n., v., -dored, -dor•ing.
1. Also called bat'tledore and shut'tlecock. a game from which badminton was developed, played since ancient times in India and other Asian countries.
2. a light racket for striking the shuttlecock in this game.
3. a 17th- and 18th-century hornbook of wood or cardboard, used as a child's primer.
to toss or fly back and forth: to battledore the plan among one's colleagues.
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