• WordNet 3.6
    • n baton a thin tapered rod used by a conductor to lead an orchestra or choir
    • n baton a hollow cylinder passed from runner to runner in a relay race
    • n baton a hollow metal rod that is wielded or twirled by a drum major or drum majorette
    • n baton a short staff carried by some officials to symbolize an office or an authority
    • n baton a short stout club used primarily by policemen
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Baton A staff or truncheon, used for various purposes; as, the baton of a field marshal; the baton of a conductor in musical performances. "He held the baton of command."
    • Baton (Her) An ordinary with its ends cut off, borne sinister as a mark of bastardy, and containing one fourth in breadth of the bend sinister; -- called also bastard bar. See Bend sinister.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n baton A staff or club; a truncheon: carried either for use as a weapon, as a policeman's baton;
    • n baton as a mark of authority, as the baton of a field-marshal; or.
    • n baton as a warrant to do something, as the baton or staff carried in Great Britain by the engineer of a train on a single-track railway, as his authority to proceed.
    • n baton In music: The stick or wand used by the leader of a chorus or an orchestra in directing the performance.
    • n baton A rest of two or more measures.
    • n baton In heraldry, same as baston, 1 .
    • n baton Also spelled batton.
    • baton To strike with a baton; cudgel.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Baton a staff or truncheon, esp. of a policeman: a marshal's staff
    • v.t Baton to strike with a baton
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. bâton,. See Baston


In literature:

And Tremendous K. went on, stubbornly waving his baton in the face of the whole Methodist congregation.
"In Orchard Glen" by Marian Keith
The leader's baton is no longer anything but a broken stick on the prompter's box.
"A Winter Amid the Ice" by Jules Verne
Ere he had ended the story, the Sheriff held up his baton as a sign that the jousting would begin.
"Robin Hood" by Paul Creswick
Ignatz Levitsky tapped his baton, and the orchestra paused.
"Ghetto Comedies" by Israel Zangwill
At a word from their officer the men drew their batons and stood in front of us.
"The Red Hand of Ulster" by George A. Birmingham
As he did so, I loosed a cry of alarm and almost dropped the baton.
"Lighter Than You Think" by Nelson Bond
South of Baton Rouge, Louisiana, the alluvial district is largely given over to the growing of sugar cane with occasional fields of rice.
"The Negro Farmer" by Carl Kelsey
The Mace, symbol of Alexander's power, was a pretty little baton barely two feet long.
"Zero Data" by Charles Saphro
I'd like a baton, only I should beat the accompanist with it, before I was half through a programme.
"The Dominant Strain" by Anna Chapin Ray
In his hand was a baton which he brandished demoniacally at an orchestra of his own.
"The Paliser case" by Edgar Saltus

In news:

BATON ROUGE, LA (NBC33) — Bike Riders in Mid City Baton Rouge want city-parish leaders to beef up safety for bicyclist in the area.
This comes just one day after Baton Rouge Police say a driver hit a man with his car in the 1900 Convention St at the intersection of North 19th St around 6:15pm.
Khan, McEntire pass baton to younger generation.
And Mrs Charles J Bohle of Paducah announce the engagement of their daughter, Leah Christine Bohle, to Gregory Charles Judice, son of Lisa King Judice and Kevin J Judice, both of Baton Rouge, La.
BATON ROUGE, LA (FOX44) — Tomorrow morning you can celebrate a national holiday with a stack of pancakes.
It shows Officer Billy Taylor waving a baton and backing up in retreat as a man believed to be high on PCP charged at him outside The Bridge shelter last Tuesday at Corsicana and Polk.
Mike Williams tells The Advocate the painting was one of three of the Baton Rouge landmark painted by inmate Marlowe Parker.
LSU kicker Drew Alleman (30) makes a field goals as punter Brad Wing (38) holds in the first half of their NCAA college football game against Alabama in Baton Rouge, La.
BATON ROUGE, LA (NBC33) — Police are trying to track down a man who committed an armed robber at a local Dollar Store.
The Baton Rouge Police Department reports that the incident occurred on Friday, Oct 19 at the store located on Plank Road .
BATON ROUGE, LA (NBC33) — Today is talk like a pirate day.
With less than a week until the nation's biggest college football showdown, small Baton Rouge businesses are doing what they can to keep up with the demand for BCS gear.
Florida coach Will Mushcamp, left, grimaces as he congratulates LSU coach Les Miles after LSU won 41-11 in Baton Rouge in 2008.
Baton Rouge, La (NBC33) — Mayor Pro Tem Mike Walker wants to crack down on crime in the Capitol City, but he needs the money to do it.
Baton Rouge, La (NBC33) — Mayor Pro-Tem and candidate for Mayor-President, Mike Walker, issued the following statement today regarding the sudden closure of public schools tomorrow in East Baton Rouge Parish.

In science:

In parallel, cryogenic resonant detectors were designed and constructed in several laboratories, and towards mid 1990’s the next generation of ultracryogenic antennas, NAUTILUS (Rome), AURIGA (Padua), ALLEGRO (Baton Rouge, Louisiana) and NIOBE (Australia), began taking data.
The detection of Gravitational Waves
The upshot of this strategy is that the baton gets passed rapidly up a chain of increasing vertex degree until it reaches the highest degree vertices in the network.
The structure and function of complex networks
They point out however that if each vertex to which the baton passes is allowed to query not only its immediate network neighbors but also its second neighbors, then the performance improves markedly to O(n2(1−2/α) ).
The structure and function of complex networks
The reader might be forgiven for feeling that these algorithms are cheating a little, since the running time of the algorithm is measured by the number of hands the baton passes through.
The structure and function of complex networks
These searches will continue until the Tevatron terminates and LHC takes over the baton.
Photon 2009 - Experimental Summary