Definition of batten
Origin of batten1
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Other definitions for batten (2 of 4)
- a thin strip of wood inserted in a sail to keep it flat.
- a thin, flat length of wood or metal used for various purposes, as to hold the tarpaulin covering a hatch in place.
- Also called pipe batten. a length of metal pipe hung from the gridiron, for suspending scenery or equipment, as drops, flats, or lighting units.
- a narrow strip of lumber for constructing, reinforcing, or joining flats.
- a similar strip attached to a drop to keep it flat or taut.
- to suspend (scenery, stage lights, etc.) from a batten.
- to fasten a batten to (a flat or drop).
Origin of batten2
OTHER WORDS FROM battenbat·ten·er, noun
Other definitions for batten (3 of 4)
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How to use batten in a sentence
It was a gloomy evening in April 2021, and I was battening down my mental hatches against whispers insisting the persistent full-body ache I’d begun to feel was the infamous new coronavirus.
As a foreign correspondent in Taiwan, I watched in shock as Taipei battened down the hatches during a recent drill.What it’s like to be in Taiwan, one year late to a pandemic lockdown|Leslie Nguyen-Okwu|June 11, 2021|Quartz
We’re in a very different space at IGLTA than a year ago when we were battening down the hatches and not really knowing what was going to happen.Post-pandemic international LGBTQ travel surge expected|Michael K. Lavers|May 13, 2021|Washington Blade
The stretchy, nose-high collar helps batten down the hatches when things get windy.Long-Term Review: These Are the Best Women's Fleeces|Anna Callaghan|April 13, 2021|Outside Online
He should make one stop in Michigan to batten it down (Wisconsin looks safe, as does Pennsylvania), and maybe New Hampshire.Michael Tomasky on How Obama Can Seal the Deal in the Final Days|Michael Tomasky|November 1, 2012|DAILY BEAST
Pity the poor Zanesvillians who had to batten down the hatches to avoid being eaten by the 18 free-roaming Bengal tigers.
Home, there hear that my Lady Batten had given my wife a visit (the first that ever she made her), which pleased me exceedingly.
Then to supper at Sir W. Batten's again, where my wife by chance fell down and hurt her knees exceedingly.
Here we sat late, and so home to bed, having got my Lady Batten to give me a spoonful of honey for my cold.
Rider told the first of his own knowledge; and both he and Sir W. Batten confirm the last.
All the morning at the office, Sir W. Batten being come to town last night.
British Dictionary definitions for batten (1 of 3)
- a row of lights
- the strip or bar supporting them
- to use battens in nailing a tarpaulin over a hatch on a ship to make it secure
- to prepare for action, a crisis, etc