batten

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v batten secure with battens "batten down a ship's hatches"
    • v batten furnish with battens "batten ships"
    • n batten a strip fixed to something to hold it firm
    • n batten stuffing made of rolls or sheets of cotton wool or synthetic fiber
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Peter Batten was a deserter from the British Army at the time of the creation of the film. In the final weeks of production, he was arrested for desertion, and Paul Angelis had to finish voicing the part of George.
    • n Batten (Com. & Arch) A strip of sawed stuff, or a scantling;
    • n Batten The movable bar of a loom, which strikes home or closes the threads of a woof.
    • Batten To fertilize or enrich, as land.
    • v. t Batten To furnish or fasten with battens.
    • v. i Batten To grow fat; to grow fat in ease and luxury; to glut one's self. "The pampered monarch lay battening in ease.""Skeptics, with a taste for carrion, who batten on the hideous facts in history, -- persecutions, inquisitions."
    • Batten To make fat by plenteous feeding; to fatten. "Battening our flocks."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: The Beatles appear at the end of "The Yellow Submarine" in a short live action epilogue. Their voices for the cartoon movie were done by Paul Angelis (Ringo), Peter Batten (George), John Clive (John), and Geoffrey Hughes (Paul).
    • batten To become better; improve in condition (especially by feeding); grow fat; thrive.
    • batten To feed gluttonously; figuratively, gratify a morbid appetite or craving; gloat: absolutely, or with on or upon.
    • batten Figuratively, to thrive; prosper; live in ease and luxury, especially at the expense or to the detriment of others: with on, formerly also with: as, to batten on ill-gotten gains.
    • batten To improve by feeding; fatten; make fat or cause to thrive with plenteous feeding.
    • batten To fertilize or enrich (the soil).
    • n batten A Strip or scantling of wood. Specifically— A bar nailed across parallel boards (as those forming a door, shutter, etc.) to keep them together.
    • n batten In com., squared timber of 6 or more feet in length, 7 inches in width, and 2½ inches in thickness, used in carpentry and housebuilding for various purposes. Pieces less than 6 feet long are known as batten-ends.
    • n batten In weaving, the beam for striking the weft home; a lathe.
    • batten To form or fasten with battens.
    • n batten A log less than 11 inches in diameter at the small end.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.i Batten bat′n to grow fat: to live in luxury
    • v.t Batten (obs.) to fatten
    • n Batten bat′n a piece of board: a ledge, clamp: in ships, a strip of wood used to fasten down the hatches
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Idioms

Batten down the hatches - If you batten down the hatches, you prepare for the worst that could happen to you.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. bâton, stick, staff. See Baton
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Same as Baton.

Usage

In literature:

In the Monti, ruin stares one in the face, and poverty has battened upon ruin, as flies upon garbage.
"Ave Roma Immortalis, Vol. 2" by Francis Marion Crawford
More than this, the old-time Creole was an aristocrat who chose to live behind a battened door, as does his descendant to-day.
"Library of the World's Best Literature, Ancient and Modern, Vol. 7" by Various
Hundreds of shanties were battened up and deserted.
"A Son of the Middle Border" by Hamlin Garland
Doctors are a brood that batten on the ills of others.
"The Tale of Timber Town" by Alfred Grace
Ellis Batten, a master at Harrow School.
"The Life of Sir James Fitzjames Stephen, Bart., K.C.S.I." by Sir Leslie Stephen
The stakes are connected by one or more battens nailed along them, or by wires.
"Brighter Britain! (Volume 1 of 2)" by William Delisle Hay
He battens, even like a Tammany chief, on political jobbery, on extortion, on usury.
"The Book of Khalid" by Ameen Rihani
In fine, the parasite had thus become almost equal in power to the body on which it battened.
"England and Germany" by Emile Joseph Dillon
The batten door behind the bar now began to open slowly and noiselessly.
"Nan of Music Mountain" by Frank H. Spearman
Mount Batten, Plymouth, 437.
"England, Picturesque and Descriptive" by Joel Cook
Machines carve shingles and battens or billets with an almost human accuracy.
"Westward with the Prince of Wales" by W. Douglas Newton
It was battened fast.
"Astounding Stories of Super-Science January 1931" by Various
He had already had the hatches securely battened down so that no water could find its way into the hold.
"A Captain in the Ranks" by George Cary Eggleston
One hundred and fifty years of outlawry had made the Frochard clan a wolfish breed; battening on crime, thievery and beggary.
"Orphans of the Storm" by Henry MacMahon
There was no way to shut that; the original battens of the homesteader lay under foot, broken apart and rotting.
"The Rustler of Wind River" by G. W. Ogden
The hatches are battened down.
"Fire Mountain" by Norman Springer
The skipper ordered the hatches to be battened down, and all was made snug for the night.
"Seven Frozen Sailors" by George Manville Fenn
It is made of half-inch battens nailed side by side.
"From Sea to Sea" by Rudyard Kipling
When I woke at the end of the watch, I found all hatches closed and battened down.
"Harper's Round Table, July 2, 1895" by Various
The decks once swept and the hatches battened down, and she is ours.
"Harper's Round Table, July 16, 1895" by Various
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In poetry:

Back of my back, they talk of me,
Gabble and honk and hiss;
Let them batten, and let them be-
Me, I can sing them this:
"The Whistling Girl" by Dorothy Parker
Nor, an thou perchance behold
How I plunge and batten on
Earth's exentrate carrion,
Deem turquoise match midden-mould
Or deny the Hawk of Gold!
"The Hawk and the Babe" by Aleister Crowley
We are the dull blind carrion-fly
That dance and batten. Though God die
Mad from the horror of the light –
The light is mad, too, flecked with blood, -
We dance, we dance, each night.
"The Dancers: (During A Great Battle, 1916)" by Dame Edith Sitwell
Rigged poker -stiff on her back
With a granite grin
This antique museum-cased lady
Lies, companioned by the gimcrack
Relics of a mouse and a shrew
That battened for a day on her ankle-bone.
"All The Dead Dears" by Sylvia Plath
The blinds of your mansion are battened to;
Your faded wife is a close recluse;
And your "finished" daughters will doubtless do
Dutifully all that is willed of you,
And marry as you shall choose--!
"John McKeen" by James Whitcomb Riley
"More visitors!" growled old man Pike. "Another city push.
I'll bet a quid they ask us why we 'spoil the lovely bush."
I hardly heard him saying it, for like a fool I stand,
My eyes full of the vision an' a batten in my hand.
"The Vision" by C J Dennis

In news:

Batten's Wildcats unbeaten through first four contests, prep for showdown with former coach More.
The second annual Night of Bluegrass at the Sunrise Theater, set for Saturday, Nov 17, at 7:30 pm, features Al Batten and the Bluegrass Reunion, South Ridge Bluegrass Band and the trio Julie Elkins, Jan Johansson and Lindsey Tims.
Daily News columnist Brent Batten joins a team of Scripps Howard News Service reporters in Tampa to cover the Republican National Convention.
Batten down the hatches—there's a squall heading this way.
Cynthia Martin and Debbie Batten, Nurse Managers with Dialysis Clinic Inc. Dialysis Clinic Inc recently celebrated the grand opening of a new facility in North Charleston.
UK-based lighting rental company White Light has expanded its product line to include the StudioDue CityColor exterior colour-changing floodlight, and the Pulsar ChromaBank LED colour-mixing batten.
The euro zone crisis triggered a $70 billion collapse in cross-border lending to emerging market economies in just six months, as international banks battened down the hatches and dealt with crises on their home turfs.
Batten down the hatches, boys, we just may have a bumpy ride.
NAPCO by Ply Gem 's redesigned Board & Batten Siding offers an enhanced look and color selection.
Clean out the gutters, batten down the hatches, check the flashlight batteries and break out the rain gear.
The Institute of Medicine said the Food and Drug Administration, Agriculture Department and other agencies should pony up some resources to batten down the hatches on imports .
Mat Honan is a senior writer for Wired's Gadget Lab and the co-founder of the Knight-Batten award-winning Longshot magazine.
The hunter, a Marco Island police officer, is safe, Sheriff's Office spokeswoman Michelle Batten said.
But 23 years ago this month, New Yorkers were battening down the hatches for the terrifying Hurricane Gloria.
Mid-Atlantic battens down as Hurricane Sandy approaches.
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In science:

For the transformation of spreads, we use an appropriate col lineation [see, e.g., Batten (1997)] of the pro jective space P . A collineation of PG (p − 1, q) is a permutation f of its points such that (t − 1)-dimensional subspaces are mapped to (t − 1)-dimensional subspaces for 1 ≤ t ≤ p.
Existence and construction of randomization defining contrast subspaces for regular factorial designs
A long standing problem for orbits of SBs is their nonuniform distribution of ω , sometimes referred to as the Barr effect (see, e.g., Batten & Ovenden 1968).
Spectroscopic binaries with elliptical orbits
Eighth Catalogue of Spectroscopic Binaries (Batten et al. 1989).
Astrophysics in 2006
We are duly and alphabetically grateful to Eric Agol, Ivan Andronov, Alan Batten, Sidney van den Bergh, Max Bonamente, Howard Bond, Jean Brodie, Kem Cook, Steven R.
Astrophysics in 2006
Batten, A. H.: 1973, Binary and Multiple Systems of Stars, Pergamon Press.
Astrophysics in 2006
They constructed their sample from the seventh catalog of spectroscopic binaries (Batten et al. 1978) and from the list of eclipsing binaries of Cester et al. (1979) and Wood et al. (1980).
Observational Evidence for Tidal Interaction in Close Binary Systems
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