batten


batten
bat|ten1 [ˈbætn] v
1.) batten down the hatches
a) to prepare yourself for a period of difficulty or trouble
b) to firmly fasten the entrances to the lower part of a ship
2.) batten on sb
BrE formal to live well by using someone else's money, possessions etc - used to show disapproval
batten 2
batten2 n
[Date: 1600-1700; : French; Origin: bâton; BATON]
a long narrow piece of wood that is attached to other pieces of wood or another building material to strengthen them and keep them in place

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  • Batten — ist der Familienname folgender Personen: Gerard Batten (* 1954), britischer Europaabgeordneter Jean Batten (1909–1982), neuseeländische Fliegerin Jennifer Batten (* 1957), amerikanische E Gitarristin Kim Batten (* 1969), amerikanische… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • batten on — ˈbatten on [transitive] [present tense I/you/we/they batten on he/she/it battens on present participle battening on past tense battened on p …   Useful english dictionary

  • batten — ► NOUN ▪ a long, flat wooden or metal strip for strengthening or securing something. ► VERB ▪ strengthen or fasten with battens. ● batten down the hatches Cf. ↑batten down the hatches ORIGIN Old French batant, from batre to beat …   English terms dictionary

  • Batten — Bat ten, v. i. To grow fat; to grow fat in ease and luxury; to glut one s self. Dryden. [1913 Webster] The pampered monarch lay battening in ease. Garth. [1913 Webster] Skeptics, with a taste for carrion, who batten on the hideous facts in… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Batten — Bat ten, n. [F. b[^a]ton stick, staff. See {Baton}.] A strip of sawed stuff, or a scantling; as, (a) pl. (Com. & Arch.) Sawed timbers about 7 by 2 1/2 inches and not less than 6 feet long. Brande & C. (b) (Naut.) A strip of wood used in fastening …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Batten — Bat ten, v. t. To furnish or fasten with battens. [1913 Webster] {To batten down}, to fasten down with battens, as the tarpaulin over the hatches of a ship during a storm. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Batten — The moving part of the loom and comprises the sley swords, shuttle boxes and reed. LAY, LATHE, or BATTEN Same as Going part …   Dictionary of the English textile terms

  • batten — [v1] fasten securely board up, clamp down, cover up, fix, nail down, secure, tie, tighten; concepts 85,160 Ant. loosen, unfasten, unfix batten [v2] grow fat burgeon, feed on, grow, prosper, thrive, wax; concept 704 …   New thesaurus

  • batten — batten1 [bat′ n] n. [var. of BATON] 1. a sawed strip of wood, flooring, etc. 2. a strip of wood put over a seam between boards as a fastening or covering 3. a short piece of wood or plastic inserted in a sail to keep it taut 4. a strip of steel… …   English World dictionary

  • Batten — Bat ten, n. [F. battant. See {Batter}, v. t.] The movable bar of a loom, which strikes home or closes the threads of a woof. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Batten — Bat ten (b[a^]t t n), v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Battened} (b[a^]t t nd); p. pr. & vb. n. {Battening}.] [See {Batful}.] 1. To make fat by plenteous feeding; to fatten. Battening our flocks. Milton. [1913 Webster] 2. To fertilize or enrich, as land.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English


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