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v. bat·tened, bat·ten·ing, bat·tens
1. To become fat.
2. To thrive and prosper, especially at another's expense: "[She] battens like a leech on the lives of famous people, ... a professional retailer of falsehoods" (George F. Will).
To fatten; overfeed.
a. One of several flexible strips of wood or plastic placed in pockets at the outer edge of a sail to keep it flat.
b. A narrow strip of wood used to fasten down the edges of the material that covers hatches in foul weather.
2. A narrow strip of wood used in construction, especially to cover a seam between boards, as flooring material, or as a lath.
a. The heavy swinging bar on a loom that holds the reed and is pulled forward to pack down the weft.
b. A flat stick used in weaving by hand to separate the upper and lower threads of the warp and to tighten the weft.
tr.v. bat·tened, bat·ten·ing, bat·tensIdiom:
Nautical To furnish, fasten, or secure with battens: battened down the hatch during the storm.
batten down the hatches
To prepare for an imminent disaster or emergency.
[Alteration of Middle English batent, finished board or bar of wood, from Old French batant, wooden strip, clapper, from present participle of batre, to beat; see batter1. Noun, sense 3a and b, from French batant, from Old French.]
1. (Building) a sawn strip of wood used in building to cover joints, provide a fixing for tiles or slates, support lathing, etc
2. (Building) a long narrow board used for flooring
3. (Nautical Terms) a narrow flat length of wood or plastic inserted in pockets of a sail to give it proper shape
4. (Nautical Terms) a lath used for holding a tarpaulin along the side of a raised hatch on a ship
5. (Theatre) theatre
a. a row of lights
b. the strip or bar supporting them
6. (General Engineering) Also called: dropper NZ an upright part of a fence made of wood or other material, designed to keep wires at equal distances apart
7. (General Engineering) (tr) to furnish or strengthen with battens
8. (Nautical Terms) to use battens in nailing a tarpaulin over a hatch on a ship to make it secure
9. to prepare for action, a crisis, etc
[C15: from French bâton stick; see baton]
(usually foll by: on) to thrive, esp at the expense of someone else: to batten on the needy.
[C16: probably from Old Norse batna to improve; related to Old Norse betr better1, Old High German bazzen to get better]
(Biography) Jean. 1909–82, New Zealand aviator: the first woman to fly single-handed from Australia to Britain (1935)
1. a small board or strip of wood used for various building purposes, as to cover joints between boards, reinforce doors, or supply a foundation for lath.
a. a strip of wood used to keep a sail flat.
b. a length of wood or metal used on a ship, esp. to secure a tarpaulin over a hatch.
3. to furnish or bolster with battens.Idioms:
batten down the hatches,
a. to cover a ship's hatches with tarpaulins held in place with battens.
b. to prepare to meet an emergency.
[1400–50; late Middle English bataunt, batent finished board < Old French]
1. to thrive by feeding; grow fat.
2. to feed gluttonously or greedily.
3. to thrive, prosper, or live in luxury, esp. at the expense of others.v.t.
4. to cause to thrive by or as if by feeding; fatten.
[1585–95; appar. < Old Norse batna to improve; akin to Gothic gabatnan, Old English gebatian to improve; see better1]
Past participle: battened
A wooden bar or metal pipe from which scenery or lights are suspended.
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|Noun||1.||batten - stuffing made of rolls or sheets of cotton wool or synthetic fiber|
stuffing - padding put in mattresses and cushions and upholstered furniture
|2.||batten - a strip fixed to something to hold it firm|
strip - thin piece of wood or metal
|Verb||1.||batten - furnish with battens; "batten ships"|
|2.||batten - secure with battens; "batten down a ship's hatches"|
noun rod, bar, stick, stake, rail, pole, paling, shaft, palisade, crosspiece Timber battens can be fixed to the wall.
verb (usually with down) fasten, unite, fix, secure, lock, bind, chain, connect, attach, seal, tighten, anchor, bolt, clamp down, affix, nail down, make firm, make fast, fasten down The roof was never securely battened down.
battingur, mjótt borî/fjöl
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a piece of wood used for keeping other pieces in place. These strips are all fastened together with a batten. heglat عارِضَةٌ خَشَبِيّه летва ripa prkno, lišta, lať die Leiste bjælke; spærre σανίδα συνοχής alfarjía põikliist تختۀ نازک؛ طوقه rima latte, planche נֶסֶר तख्ता letva (szegély)léc kayu pengikat battingur, mjótt borð/fjöl listello, assicella 帯板 (이은 짬 등을 막는) 오리목, 줄눈판, 소폭판 skersinė lenta lata; šķērskoks; apmetuma skaliņi kayu tetulang lattverrtre, bjelke, lekte listwa دړه، تخته (د تمبى يا چارتراش) ripa scândură; şipcă рейка doska, lata letev, deska lajsna ribba, list, läkt ไม้ดาม ince tahta parçası, tiriz 壓條 рейка لکڑی کی پٹی ván lót 压条