Definitions for battenˈbæt n

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

bat•tenˈbæt n(n.)

  1. a small board or strip of wood used for various building purposes, as to cover joints between boards, reinforce doors, or supply a foundation for lath.

    Category: Building Trades

  2. a strip of wood used to keep a sail flat. a length of wood or metal used on a ship, esp. to secure a tarpaulin over a hatch.

    Category: Nautical, Navy

  3. (v.t.)to furnish or bolster with battens.

    Category: Building Trades

Idioms for batten:

  1. batten down the hatches, to cover a ship's hatches with tarpaulins held in place with battens. to prepare to meet an emergency.

    Category: Idiom

Origin of batten:

1400–50; late ME bataunt, batent finished board < OF

bat•tenˈbæt n(v.i.)

  1. to thrive by feeding; grow fat.

  2. to feed gluttonously or greedily.

  3. to thrive, prosper, or live in luxury, esp. at the expense of others.

  4. (v.t.)to cause to thrive by or as if by feeding; fatten.

Origin of batten:

1585–95; appar. < ON batna to improve; akin to Go gabatnan, OE gebatian to improve; see better1

Princeton's WordNet

  1. batting, batten(noun)

    stuffing made of rolls or sheets of cotton wool or synthetic fiber

  2. batten(verb)

    a strip fixed to something to hold it firm

  3. batten, batten down, secure(verb)

    furnish with battens

    "batten ships"

  4. batten(verb)

    secure with battens

    "batten down a ship's hatches"

Webster Dictionary

  1. Batten(verb)

    to make fat by plenteous feeding; to fatten

  2. Batten(verb)

    to fertilize or enrich, as land

  3. Batten(verb)

    to grow fat; to grow fat in ease and luxury; to glut one's self

  4. Batten

    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 edges of a tarpaulin to the deck, also around masts to prevent chafing. (c) A long, thin strip used to strengthen a part, to cover a crack, etc

  5. Batten(verb)

    to furnish or fasten with battens

  6. Batten(verb)

    the movable bar of a loom, which strikes home or closes the threads of a woof

Freebase

  1. Batten

    A batten is a thin strip of solid material, typically made from wood, plastic or metal. Battens are used in building construction and various other fields as both structural and purely cosmetic elements. In the steel industry, battens may also be referred to as "top hats", in reference to the profile of the metal. Battens are used in building construction in various ways: ⁕Roofing battens are used to provide the fixing point for roofing sheet or roof tiles. The orientation and spacing of the battens depend on the type of roof. Battens may be oriented at right angles to the trusses or rafters of a roof like purlins. They may be parallel to the slope of the roof, as on a batten-seam roof, where the battens cover seams in the roofing material and are themselves covered by metal caps. Some roofs may use a grid of battens in both directions, known as a counter-batten system. ⁕Batten trim or batten molding is a thin strip of trim, typically with a rectangular cross-section, used to cover seams between panels of exterior siding or interior paneling. ⁕Board-and-batten siding is an exterior treatment of vertical boards with battens covering the seams. ⁕Battens are used for solid wall insulation. Regularly spaced battens are fitted to the wall, the spaces between them filled with insulation, and plasterboard or drywall screwed to the battens. This method is no longer the most popular, as rigid insulation sheets give better insulation and take less time to fit.

The Standard Electrical Dictionary

  1. Batten

    A strip of wood grooved longitudinally for holding wires in wiring apartments for electric light or power. In use they are fastened to the wall, grooves inward, or else grooves outward, with the wires lying in the grooves and covered with the covering strip. For two wire work each batten contains two grooves; for the three wire system it contains three grooves. Synonym--Moulding.


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Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary

batten(noun)

a piece of wood used for keeping other pieces in place

These strips are all fastened together with a batten.

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