Definition of Batten down

1. Verb. Furnish with battens. "Batten ships"

Exact synonyms: Batten, Secure
Generic synonyms: Beef Up, Fortify, Strengthen
Derivative terms: Batten



Definition of Batten down

1. Verb. (nautical) To close or make watertight, referring to hatches and cargo. ¹

2. Verb. (transitive) To secure. ¹

3. Verb. (intransitive) To prepare for adversity. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Batten Down

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batten down (current term)
batten down the hatches
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Literary usage of Batten down

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1. Report of the Commissioners Appointed to Inquire Into the Several Matters by Great Britain Coal Commission, Coal Commission, George Douglas Campbell Argyll, Great Britain (1871)
"When shipping water it is usual to batten down the hatches. I do not consider there was much sea on ; there was pretty heavy roll, ..."

2. Island Song Lyrics Volume 2 by Larry W. Jones (2004)
"batten down My Heart ... I'm glad I saw that love had a warning I'll use the bulb to batten down my heart And prepare my island dreams for the storm There's ..."

3. War-time Echoes: Patriotic Poems, Heroic and Pathetic, Humorous and by James Henry Brownlee (1898)
"Maybe we're to meet our matches — But it's all past our control When they batten down the hatches While we shovel in the coal. ..."

4. Canoeing, Sailing and Motor Boating by Warren Hastings Miller (1919)
"plank, as taken on the uprights from the batten down to the coaming top. If you have not enough to get a good curve with this spiling batten, ..."

5. Junior High School Literature by William Harris Elson, Christine M. Keck (1922)
""You'll, perhaps, batten down your hatches till you're spoke, my friend," cried Silver truculently to this ... Leastways none of us had 37. batten down your ..."

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