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Meaning of BATTEN

Pronunciation:  'batn

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  a strip fixed to something to hold it firm
  2. [v]  secure with battens; "batten down a ship's hatches"
  3. [v]  furnish with battens; of ships

BATTEN is a 6 letter word that starts with B.


 Synonyms: batten down, secure
 See Also: beef up, fortify, strengthen, strip



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Bat"ten\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Battened} (?); p. pr. &
    vb. n. {Battening}.] [See {Batful}.]
    1. To make fat by plenteous feeding; to fatten. ``Battening
       our flocks.'' --Milton.
    2. To fertilize or enrich, as land.
  2. \Bat"ten\, v. i.
    To grow fat; to grow fat in ease and luxury; to glut one's
    self. --Dryden.
          The pampered monarch lay battening in ease. --Garth.
          Skeptics, with a taste for carrion, who batten on the
          hideous facts in history, -- persecutions,
          inquisitions.                            --Emerson.
  3. \Bat"ten\, n . [F. b?ton stick, staff. See {Baton}.]
    A strip of sawed stuff, or a scantling; as,
    (a) pl. (Com. & Arch.) Sawed timbers about 7 by 2 1/2 inches
        and not less than 6 feet long. --Brande & C.
    (b) (Naut.) A strip of wood used in fastening the edges of a
        tarpaulin to the deck, also around masts to prevent
    (c) A long, thin strip used to strengthen a part, to cover a
        crack, etc.
    {Batten door} (Arch.), a door made of boards of the whole
       length of the door, secured by battens nailed crosswise.
  4. \Bat"ten\, v. t.
    To furnish or fasten with battens.
    {To batten down}, to fasten down with battens, as the
       tarpaulin over the hatches of a ship during a storm.
  5. \Bat"ten\, n. [F. battant. See {Batter}, v. t.]
    The movable bar of a loom, which strikes home or closes the
    threads of a woof.
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