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Noun, Verb (transitive), Verb (intransitive)


Noun batten has 2 senses

Verb batten has 2 senses


battenv. t. [See Batful.].
  •  To make fat by plenteous feeding; to fatten.  Milton.  [1913 Webster]
  •  To fertilize or enrich, as land.  [1913 Webster]
battenv. 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."  [1913 Webster]
    "Skeptics, with a taste for carrion, who batten on the hideous facts in history, -- persecutions, inquisitions."  [1913 Webster]
battenn. [F. b stick, staff. See Baton.].
     A strip of sawed stuff, or a scantling;  [1913 Webster]
Batten door (Arch.), a door made of boards of the whole length of the door, secured by battens nailed crosswise.
battenv. 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.
battenn. [F. battant. See Batter, v. t.].
     The movable bar of a loom, which strikes home or closes the threads of a woof.  [1913 Webster]


batten, n. & v.
1 a long flat strip of squared timber or metal, esp. used to hold something in place or as a fastening against a wall etc.
2 a strip of wood used for clamping the boards of a door etc.
3 Naut. a strip of wood or metal for securing a tarpaulin over a ship's hatchway.
--v.tr. strengthen or fasten with battens.

batten down the hatches
1 Naut. secure a ship's tarpaulins.
2 prepare for a difficulty or crisis.
batten, v.intr. (foll. by on) thrive or prosper at another's expense.

ON batna get better f. bati advantage



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