• WordNet 3.6
    • n ratan a switch made from the stems of the rattan palms
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Ratan rȧ*tăn" See Rattan.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n ratan A palm of one among numerous species, mostly of the genus Calamus, a few of the genus Rhapis; a ratan-palm. The species of Calamus are prevailingly climbing palms, attaining a length sometimes of 500 feet, with a thickness not exceeding an inch—ascending the tallest trees, falling in festoons, and again ascending. A few species are found in Africa and Australia, but they abound chiefly in the East Indies, on the mainland and islands. The species of Rhapis are erect slender canes growing in dense tufts, and are natives of China and Japan, Ratans of this habit are commercially distinguished from the climbing ones as ground-ratans.
    • n ratan The stems of the ratan collectively as an economic material. Among its chief commercial sources are Calamus Rotang, C. rudentum, C. verus, C. erectus, and C. Royleanus. The most valuable ratan is produced in Borneo. On account of its length and light, tough, flexible, and fissile character, ratan is applied to very numerous uses. In native regions the product of C. rudentum and other species is split and twisted in vast quantities into all sizes of cordage from cables to flshing-lines. Basket-making is another common use. In some places the stems of climbing ratans are used for the suspension of foot-bridges of great length. In China whole houses are made of ratan, there afforded chiefly by Rhapis flabelliformis. Matting made of split ratan is exported thence to all parts of the world. The same fiber serves also to make hats, the bottoms of ricesieves, thread for sewing palm-leaves, etc. In recent times ratan has become an important article in western commerce. It is now not only used for walking-sticks, but extensively made into chairs and chair-bottoms, bodies for fancy carriages, fine and coarse basket-work, etc. It has almost superseded willow in making the large baskets required in manufacturing and other industries.
    • n ratan A switch or stick of ratan, especially a walking-stick.
    • ratan To use ratan in making; cover or form with interlaced lengths of ratan.
    • ratan To use a ratan upon; beat with or as with a ratan-cane.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Ratan ra-tan′ Same as Rattan.
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In literature:

The most remarkable are the ratans, belonging to the Calamus genus of palms.
"Ceylon; an Account of the Island Physical, Historical, and Topographical with Notices of Its Natural History, Antiquities and Productions, Volume 1 (of 2)" by James Emerson Tennent
Sheo Ratan knew all his plans.
"Rambles and Recollections of an Indian Official" by William Sleeman
Bamboo and ratan, whole or split, afford the materials for all these baskets and cages.
"Lippincott's Magazine of Popular Literature and Science, Volume 22. October, 1878." by Various
The cable also was formed of ratan, which, though strong, could easily, I suspected, be cut by rocks.
"In the Eastern Seas" by W.H.G. Kingston
Piang had severed the ratan thongs.
"The Adventures of Piang the Moro Jungle Boy" by Florence Partello Stuart
The Dyaks, they told me, collected ratans, and likewise canes, which are plentiful.
"The Expedition to Borneo of H.M.S. Dido" by Henry Keppel
The roof is carefully thatched with the leaves of the nipa-palm and these are sewn into a thick mat with ratan.
"Wealth of the World's Waste Places and Oceania" by Jewett Castello Gilson
The word thus translated is Rav-ratan-ke-pitara.
"Indian Fairy Tales" by Anonymous
Ratan partly remembered, and partly didn't.
"Stories from Tagore" by Rabindranath Tagore
It was confirmed to Ratan Singh in 1811 by the British government for the usual deed of allegiance.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 3, Slice 7" by Various

In news:

Court Rejects Pleas Against Ratan Tata, Anil Ambani in Telecom Case.
Ratan Tata lectures on the imperative for social change in India.
Chief Executive Officer of Arcelor Mittal, Lakshmi Niwas Mittal, left, and Chairman of the Tata Group, Ratan Tata, congratulate each other before being.
Ratan Tata Anoints Billionaire Pallonji Mistry's Son Cyrus, As Successor.
Ratan Tata's Trials and Triumphs.
Ratan Tata, chairman of Tata Motors, introduced the company's Nano model, which is expected to sell for about $2,500.
Ratan Tata addresses reporters as Rahul Gandhi looks on.
Praising Rahul Gandhi's efforts to "do something for the youth of Kashmir", Ratan Tata said remarked that 'he had opened not a window, but a door for us'.
Increased measures wouldn't have stopped gunmen, Ratan Tata says.

In science:

An additional 78 sources did not originally fit our criterion but were added because subsequent measurements, including RATAN 600 observations at 15 GHz (Kovalev et al. 1999), showed that they did.
Sub-Milliarcsecond Imaging of Quasars and Active Galactic Nuclei. II. Additional Sources
The all sets of the monitoring program were carried out with North sector RATAN-600 radio telescope on radio continuum radiometers in range 1 - 30 GHz.
Long-term multi-frequency monitoring of microquasars
In Fig.5 the milti-frequency RATAN light curves are given with some observations with Nobeyama Radio observatory interferometer (NMA).
Long-term multi-frequency monitoring of microquasars
The mm-band flare have probably weaker counterparts at the lower RATAN-600 frequencies (Tosaki el al.).
Long-term multi-frequency monitoring of microquasars
Fig.9(left) the radio (RATAN) and X-ray light curve (Swift/BAT) of the flare are shown.
Long-term multi-frequency monitoring of microquasars