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Definition of the noun batten

What does batten mean as a name of something?

noun - plural: battens

  1. stuffing made of rolls or sheets of cotton wool or synthetic fiber
    • lexical domain: Artifacts - nouns denoting man-made objects
    • synonym of batten: batting
    • more generic word: stuffing = padding put in mattresses and cushions and upholstered furniture
  2. a strip fixed to something to hold it firm
    • lexical domain: Artifacts - nouns denoting man-made objects
    • more generic word: strip = thin piece of wood or metal

Alternative definition of the noun batten

noun

  1. A thin strip of wood used in construction to hold members of a structure together or to provide a fixing point.
  2. [nautical] A long strip of wood, metal, fibreglass etc used for various purposes aboard ship, especially one inserted in a pocket sewn on the sail in order to keep the sail flat.
  3. In stagecraft, a long pipe, usually metal, affixed to the ceiling or fly system in a Theater.

Definition of the verb batten

What does batten mean as a doing word?

verb - inflections: battened | battening | battens

  1. furnish with battens
  2. secure with battens
    • example: batten down a ship's hatches
    • lexical domain: Contact - verbs of touching, hitting, tying, digging
    • more generic terms: beef up / fortify / strengthen = make strong or stronger

Alternative definition of the verb batten

verb

  1. [intransitive] To become better; improve in condition, especially by feeding.
  2. [intransitive] To thrive by feeding; grow fat; feed oneself gluttonously.
  3. [intransitive] To thrive, prosper, or live in luxury, especially at the expense of others; fare sumptuously.
  4. [intransitive] To gratify a morbid appetite or craving; gloat.
  5. [transitive] To improve by feeding; fatten; make fat or cause to thrive due to plenteous feeding.
  6. [nautical] to fasten or secure a hatch etc using battens.

Explanation

  1. Batten: In theater, a batten is a long metal pipe suspended above the stage or audience from which lighting fixtures, theatrical scenery, and theater drapes and stage curtains may be hung. Battens that are located above a stage can usually be lowered to the stage or raised into a fly tower above the stage by a counterweighted fly system or automated, motor-driven lift.
  2. The Batten was a British car made in Beckenham, Kent between 1935 and 1938 based on the 1932 Ford Model 18 V-8. The cars were successfully campaigned in trials and racing events.
  3. Batten is a website.

Phrases with Batten

Phrases starting with the word Batten:

  1. batten down
  2. Batten Down the Hatches

Phrase ending with the word Batten:

  1. Counter Batten

Other phrases containing the word Batten:

  1. to batten down
  2. To Batten Down the Hatches

Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Batten

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Google previewSupreme Court (1894)

A batten is a strip of pine. It might ...

Google previewChildren with Disabilities (2016)

Education, Education by CTI Reviews

A batten is a thin strip of solid material, typically made from wood, plastic or metal. Battens are used in building construction and various other fields, as both structural and purely cosmetic elements. In the steel industry, battens may also be ...

Google previewThe Complete Idiot's Guide to Amateur Theatricals (2006)

by John Kenrick

A batten is a metal pipe suspended over a stage, used to hang lights and scenery . Use these basics in various combinations to create all kinds of environments, from forests to tenements to ballrooms. Simple set changes can be elegant and ...

Google previewBetween the Waters of the Tar and Toisnot (2010)

by M. E. Pete Williams

Jay Batten is a member and our medical adviser. There are three other members from widely differing areas of Nash County. We are sworn to uphold the directives of our county, state, and nation. We review the ...

Google previewStructural Design for the Stage (2013)

by Alys Holden, Ben Sammler, Steven A Schmidt, Bradley L Powers

an average weight of 25 to 30 lbs per linear foot on a batten is a reasonable estimate for design purposes. Hence, a batten loaded 18" on center would not exceed the bending allowable if it is supported every 10, but ...

Google previewAn analytical dictionary of the English language (1830)

by David Booth

To Batten is a varied orthography of to Fatten, and had at one time the same general usage, but it is now seldom written except as a poetical synonyme. The opposite of Fat is Lean, (Saxon lame, or Mesne, and German klein, thin, or slender) ...

Google previewGround Water Vulnerability Assessment: (1993)

Predicting Relative Contamination Potential Under Conditions of Uncertainty by Committee for Assessing Ground Water Vulnerability, National Research Council, Division on Earth and Life Studies, Commission on Geosciences, Environment and Resources

BATTEN is a Technical Marketing Representative for Environmental Systems Research Institute (ESRI) in ...

Google previewBuilding Small Boats (1998)

by Greg Rossel

The spiling batten The spiling batten is a flexible pattern affixed to the boat with either clamps or tacks, onto which the builder can record the length, width, and curvature of a plank.

Google previewCivil Architecture (1836)

Or, A Complete Theoretical and Practical System of Building by Edward Shaw

A batten is a narrow portion of board, about two inches and a half or three inches wide; four of them being commonly procured from an eleven inch board. For countess slates, battens three quarters of an inch thick, will be of adequate ...

Google previewPractical Junk Rig (2012)

Design, Aerodynamics and Handling by H.G. Hasler, J.K. McLeod

If reefing, stop lowering when the forward end of the new lowest operational batten is a little higher than its final position, and proceed as described under Making a reefed sail above. 3. In the last stage of furling the yard sling plate has to fall ...

Google previewGlossary of Archaic and Provincial Words, Edited by Joseph Hunter (1833)

by Jonathan Boucher

Batten is the pronunciation and spelling on this side the Tweed; thus, a common toast at a christening in Cumberland, Westmoreland, and Lancashire, is, “A good churchgoing (churching) to the wife, and battening to the bairn.” In those ...

Google previewGlossary of Archaic and Provincial Words (1833)

A Supplement to the Dictionaries of the English Language by Jonathan Boucher

Batten is the pronunciation and spelling on this side the Tweed ; thus, a common toast at a christening in Cumberland, Westmoreland, and Lancashire, is, " A good churchgoing (churching) to the wife, and battening to the bairn." In those ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Stem Cell Research (2008)

by Clive N. Svendsen, Allison D. Ebert

Batten Disease is a rare but fatal neurodegenerative disease that affects children and for which no treatment exists, other than possible future stem cell research treatments. The disease is named after the British physician Frederick Batten, ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Social Media and Politics (2013)

by Kerric Harvey

Batten Award began as a recogni- tion of excellence in civic journalism in 1995. After eight years, the award was transformed into a prize celebrating innovations in journalism, ...

Google previewEncyclopaedia Perthensis; or, Universal dictionary of Knowledge. [With] Supp (1816)

by Encyclopaedia Perthensis

BATTEN, n.f. A word used only by xvorkmen. — A batten is a scantling os wood, two, three or four inches bro.«d, seldom above one thick, and the length unlimited . Moxon. (2.) Batten is chiefly used by joiners, in speaking of doors and windows ...

Google previewEncyclopaedia Perthensis, Or, Universal Dictionary of the Arts, Sciences, Literature, Etc. : Intended to Supersede the Use of Other Books of Reference (1816)

BATTEN. n.s. A word used only by workmen.— A batten is a scantling of wood, two, three or four inches broad, seldom above one thick, and the length unlimited. Moxon. (2.) BATTEN is chiefly used by joiners, in fpeaking of doors and windows ...

Google previewEncyclopaedia of Mathematics (1997)

An Updated and Annotated Translation of the Soviet "Mathematical Encyclopaedia by Michiel Hazewinkel

Batten MSC1991: 06Bxx, 20D30 JORDAN-DEDEKIND PROPERTY, Jordan- Dedekind chain condition of a partially ordered set - All maximal chains have the same length. See Jordan— Dedekind lattice; Partially ordered set; Chain.

Google previewA Genealogical and Heraldic Dictionary of the Peerage and Baronetage of the British Empire (1868)

Batten Rogers } 4d. Weldon 2.1 Tallis 8-1.

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The value of this 6-letter word is 8 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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