verb bat·ten \ˈba-tən\
bat·tenedbat·ten·ing \ˈbat-niŋ, ˈba-tən-iŋ\

Definition of BATTEN

intransitive verb
a :  to grow fat
b :  to feed gluttonously
:  to grow prosperous especially at the expense of another —usually used with on
transitive verb
:  fatten

Origin of BATTEN

probably from Old Norse batna to improve; akin to Old English betera better
First Known Use: circa 1540



: a long thin piece of wood that is used to connect and support other pieces of wood

Full Definition of BATTEN

a British :  a piece of lumber used especially for flooring
b :  a thin narrow strip of lumber used especially to seal or reinforce a joint
:  a strip, bar, or support resembling or used similarly to a batten (as in a sail)

Origin of BATTEN

alteration of Middle English batent, bataunt finished board, from Anglo-French *bataunt, from present participle of batre to beat, from Latin battuere
First Known Use: 1658

Other Building Terms

cistern, hearth, lath, transom, wainscot

Rhymes with BATTEN


bat·tenedbat·ten·ing \ˈbat-niŋ, ˈba-tən-iŋ\

Definition of BATTEN

transitive verb
:  to furnish with battens
:  to fasten with or as if with battens —often used with down
intransitive verb
:  to make one secure by or as if by battens <battening down for the hurricane>
batten down the hatches
:  to prepare for a difficult or dangerous situation

First Known Use of BATTEN



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