Definition of Batten

1. Noun. Stuffing made of rolls or sheets of cotton wool or synthetic fiber.

Exact synonyms: Batting
Generic synonyms: Stuffing

2. Verb. Furnish with battens. "Batten ships"
Exact synonyms: Batten Down, Secure
Generic synonyms: Beef Up, Fortify, Strengthen

3. Noun. A strip fixed to something to hold it firm.
Generic synonyms: Strip

4. Verb. Secure with battens. "Batten down a ship's hatches"
Generic synonyms: Beef Up, Fortify, Strengthen

Definition of Batten

1. v. t. To make fat by plenteous feeding; to fatten.

2. v. i. To grow fat; to grow fat in ease and luxury; to glut one's self.

3. n . A strip of sawed stuff, or a scantling;

4. v. t. To furnish or fasten with battens.

5. n. The movable bar of a loom, which strikes home or closes the threads of a woof.

Definition of Batten

1. Verb. (intransitive) To become better; improve in condition, especially by feeding. ¹

2. Verb. (intransitive) To thrive by feeding; grow fat; feed oneself gluttonously. ¹

3. Verb. (intransitive) To thrive, prosper, or live in luxury, especially at the expense of others; fare sumptuously. ¹

4. Verb. (intransitive) To gratify a morbid appetite or craving; gloat. ¹

5. Verb. (transitive) To improve by feeding; fatten; make fat or cause to thrive due to plenteous feeding. ¹

6. Noun. A thin strip of wood used in construction to hold members of a structure together or to provide a fixing point. ¹

7. Noun. (nautical) A long strip of wood, metal, fibreglass etc used for various purposes aboard ship, especially one inserted in a pocket sewn on the sail in order to keep the sail flat. ¹

8. Noun. In stagecraft, a long pipe, usually metal, affixed to the ceiling or fly system in a theater. ¹

9. Noun. The movable bar of a loom, which strikes home or closes the threads of a woof. ¹

10. Verb. To furnish with battens. ¹

11. Verb. (nautical) To fasten or secure a hatch etc using battens. ¹

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Definition of Batten

1. to fasten with strips of wood [v -ED, -ING, -S]

Medical Definition of Batten

1. A strip of sawed stuff, or a scantling; as, A strip of wood used in fastening the edges of a tarpaulin to the deck, also around masts to prevent chafing. A long, thin strip used to strengthen a part, to cover a crack, etc. Batten door, a door made of boards of the whole length of the door, secured by battens nailed crosswise. Origin: F. Bton stick, staff. See Baton. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Batten

batted for both sides
batted in
batted out
batten (current term)
batten down
batten down the hatches
batter's box
batter's boxes
batter bread
batter up

Literary usage of Batten

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1. Dictionary of National Biography by Leslie Stephen, Sidney Lee (1885)
"batten is commonly supposed to have died about 1640; ... Captain batten kis>ed his maje-i the surveyor's pince. His patent is drawing " during pleasure only ..."

2. The Diary of Samuel Pepys by Samuel Pepys, Mynors Bright, Richard Griffin Braybrooke (1895)
"But by and by Sir W. batten and I took coach, and home to Boreman, ... At least Sir W. batten for the few days he has been here do nothing. ..."

3. History of the Great Civil War, 1642-1649 by Samuel Rawson Gardiner (1901)
"Though batten was aware that the Scottish authorities would object to show their hands by admitting him into one of their harbours, he fancied that, ..."

4. A Glossary of Tudor and Stuart Words: Especially from the Dramatists by Walter William Skeat, Anthony Lawson Mayhew (1914)
"See batten. battle. See battaille. battled, ' embattled ', furnished with battlements. Fletcher, Woman's Prize, iii. ..."

5. Reports of Cases Argued and Determined in the Court of Exchequer: With a by Great Britain Court of Exchequer, Charles James Gale (1838)
"That batten was not, at the time of suing and prosecuting against him the writ in the declaration mentioned, indebted to the plaintiff in a sum of money ..."

6. The Practitioner by Gale Group, ProQuest Information and Learning Company (1900)
"FE batten and JS Collier (Brain, 1899, xxii., p. 473) deal with this important subject in a paper entitled '; Spinal Cord changes in cases of Cerebral ..."

7. Diary and Correspondence of Samuel Pepys, F.R.S.: Secretary to the by Samuel Pepys, Richard Griffin Braybrooke (1855)
"... \ve sent away an express to Sir W. batten, to stop his coming, winch I did project to make good my oath, that my wife should come, ..."

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