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batten

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verb bat·ten \ˈba-tən\

Definition of batten

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

  1. intransitive verb
  2. 1 a :  to grow fat b :  to feed gluttonously

  3. 2 :  to grow prosperous especially at the expense of another —usually used with on

  4. transitive verb
  5. :  fatten



Origin of batten

probably from Old Norse batna to improve; akin to Old English betera better


First Known Use: circa 1540


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batten

noun bat·ten

Simple Definition of batten

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

Full Definition of batten

  1. 1 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

  2. 2 :  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

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batten

verb bat·ten

Definition of batten

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

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to furnish with battens

  3. 2 :  to fasten with or as if with battens —often used with down

  4. intransitive verb
  5. :  to make one secure by or as if by battens <battening down for the hurricane>

batten down the hatches
  1. :  to prepare for a difficult or dangerous situation



1663

First Known Use of batten

1663



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