Definition of baton
- We cut carrots into slabs, then batons, then dice.
- —Janet Rausa Fuller
The majorette twirled the baton.
the detainee claimed that the police had beat him with their batons even after he had been shackled
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: a thin stick that is used by a music conductor to lead a band or orchestra
: a long thin stick with a ball at one end or both ends that is carried by someone who performs with or leads a marching band
: a stick that is passed from one runner to the next runner in a relay race
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