batten down

Definition of batten down

1 :to prepare for possible trouble or difficulty
  • People are battening down in preparation for a fierce storm.
2 :to tie, close, or cover (something) in order to prevent it from moving or becoming damaged
  • Everything on the ship's deck was battened down.

Word by Word Definitions

batten play
  1. : to grow fat

  2. : to feed gluttonously

  3. : to grow prosperous especially at the expense of another

  1. : a piece of lumber used especially for flooring

  2. : a thin narrow strip of lumber used especially to seal or reinforce a joint

  3. : a strip, bar, or support resembling or used similarly to a batten (as in a sail)

  1. : to furnish with battens

  2. : to fasten with or as if with battens

  3. : to make one secure by or as if by battens

down play
  1. : toward or in a lower physical position

  2. : to a lying or sitting position

  3. : toward or to the ground, floor, or bottom

  1. : down (see 1down) along, around, through, toward, in, into, or on

  1. : to cause to go or come down (see 1down) : such as

  2. : to cause to fall by or as if by shooting : bring down

  3. : consume

  1. : occupying a low position

  2. : directed or going downward

  3. : lower in price

  1. : descent, depression

  2. : an instance of putting down someone (such as an opponent in wrestling)

  3. : a complete play to advance the ball

  1. : an undulating usually treeless upland with sparse soil

  2. : a sheep of any breed originating in the downs of southern England

  1. : a covering of soft fluffy feathers

  2. : something soft and fluffy like down

  1. : down syndrome


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