- a diminutive of the bend sinister, couped at the extremities: used in England as a mark of bastardy.
- a similar diminutive of the ordinary bend.
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How to use baton in a sentence
We can witness as great a shift in presidents as we have seen since Herbert Hoover passed the baton to Franklin Delano Roosevelt.Forget half-baked punditry. Watch a historic shift.|Jennifer Rubin|November 30, 2020|Washington Post
Her letter also referenced Anderson Arboleda, a 24-year-old Afro-Colombian man who died in May after a Colombian police officer allegedly struck him on the head with a baton.Reggaeton needed a racial reckoning. Afro-Latinos are leading it.|Bethonie Butler|November 23, 2020|Washington Post
We first saw that kind of transition back in 2009, when Xerox CEO Anne Mulcahy passed the baton to Ursula Burns.PG&E’s new CEO is the first woman to leap from top of one Fortune 500 company to another|kristenlbellstrom|November 19, 2020|Fortune
“It was the eight-year mark and the department is in a good position to pass the baton to the next generation,” Guglielmi said.Fairfax County police chief to step down in February|Justin Jouvenal|November 5, 2020|Washington Post
The baton then got passed again to another group, which used hundreds of thousands of medical billing data from people who either tested positive or were presumed positive for Covid-19, to verify those viral protein candidates.Can We Wipe Out All Coronaviruses for Good? Here’s What a Group of 200 Scientists Think|Shelly Fan|October 27, 2020|Singularity Hub
The Obama administration took up the baton in 2009 and has since become the most evidence-based administration in history.
But the most recent poll of the race, conducted for the Baton Rouge Fox affiliate, has Landrieu ahead of Cassidy 36 to 32 percent.
The trooper reached with her right hand for her expandable baton.The Muslim Convert Behind America’s First Workplace Beheading|Michael Daly|September 27, 2014|DAILY BEAST
You see, as far as passing the baton down, Michael used to look at Fred Astaire, Gene Kelly, and James Brown.Quincy Jones Talks Chicago’s Mean Streets, Why Kanye West Is No Michael Jackson, and Bieber|Marlow Stern|September 25, 2014|DAILY BEAST
I glimpse an alarming, finger-length aluminum baton in her bag.Best Career Arc Ever: From Burlesque To Bartending|Anne Berry|September 13, 2014|DAILY BEAST
On account of his bravery Fleetfoot was given a baton which showed that he might lead the men.The Later Cave-Men|Katharine Elizabeth Dopp
But here the Greek, whose face had crimsoned, snatched a tiny baton beside a bronze gong.God Wills It!|William Stearns Davis
The conductor is energetic and efficient, wields his baton in a lively manner, but hits nobody with it.Our Churches and Chapels|Atticus
This proof of confidence—the object of much secret envy—is, to women, a field-marshal's baton.The Petty Troubles of Married Life, Complete|Honore de Balzac
In his hand he carried a short staff, or baton, with gold knobs, and he wore a thin golden circlet in his hair.In the Wrong Paradise|Andrew Lang
British Dictionary definitions for baton
- a short stick carried for use as a weapon, as by a policeman; truncheon
- (as modifier)a baton charge