batten down

Definition of batten down

  1. 1 :  to prepare for possible trouble or difficulty People are battening down in preparation for a fierce storm.

  2. 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

  1. :  to grow fat

    :  to feed gluttonously

    :  fatten

  1. :  a piece of lumber used especially for flooring

    :  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)

  1. :  to furnish with battens

    :  to make one secure by or as if by battens

  1. :  toward or in a lower physical position

    :  to a lying or sitting position

    :  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

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

    :  consume

  1. :  occupying a low position

    :  lying on the ground

    :  directed or going downward

  1. :  descent, depression

    :  an instance of putting down (see 1down) (as an opponent in wrestling)

    :  a complete play to advance the ball

  1. :  an undulating usually treeless upland with sparse soil

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

  1. :  a covering of soft fluffy feathers

    :  these feathers

    :  something soft and fluffy like down

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