Batter (walls)

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Batter in construction is a receding slope of a wall,[1] structure, or earthwork. A wall sloping in the opposite direction is said to overhang.[2] The term is used with buildings and non-building structures to identify when a wall is intentionally built with an inward slope. A battered corner is an architectural feature using batters. A batter is sometimes used in foundations, retaining walls, dry stone walls, dams, lighthouses, and fortifications.

The batter angle is typically described as a ratio of the offset and height or a degree angle.



  1. ^ "Batter v.2. def. 1 and 2. and "Batter n.2". Oxford English Dictionary Second Edition on CD-ROM (v. 4.0) © Oxford University Press 2009
  2. ^ Whitney, William Dwight. "Batter 2." The Century Dictionary. New York: Century, 1889. 476-77. Print.