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batten

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verb bat·ten \ˈba-tən\

Definition of batten

battened

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battening

play \ˈbat-niŋ, ˈba-tən-iŋ\
  1. intransitive verb
  2. 1a :  to grow fatb :  to feed gluttonously

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

  4. transitive verb
  5. :  fatten

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What Is the Origin of batten

The origin of today's word is believed to be the Old Norse verb batna, meaning "to improve." Batna is akin to Old Norse betr and Old English betera, from which we get the modern English word better. Batten entered the English language in the 1500s, with the meaning "to improve," and was especially used in the sense of improving or thriving by feeding. It is not related to the verb batten (3batten) found in expressions such as "batten down the hatches." This latter batten comes from the noun batten, which denotes, among other things, an iron bar used to secure the covering of a hatchway on a ship. This batten has Latinate rather than Germanic origins and can be traced back through Anglo-French batre to the Latin verb battuere ("to beat").

Origin and Etymology of batten

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


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batten

noun bat·ten

Definition of batten

  1. 1a British :  a piece of lumber used especially for flooringb :  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 and Etymology of batten

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

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batten

verb bat·ten

Definition of batten

battened

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battening

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

First Known Use of batten

1663



BATTEN Defined for English Language Learners

batten

noun

Definition of batten for English Language Learners

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


BATTEN Defined for Kids

batten

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verb bat·ten \ˈba-tən\

Definition of batten for Students

battened

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battening

  1. 1 :  to secure by or as if by fastening —often used with down Everything on the ship's deck was battened down.

  2. 2 :  to prepare for possible trouble or difficulty —often used with down People battened down in preparation for winter.



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