What does baton mean?

Definitions for baton
bəˈtɒn, bæ-, ˈbæt nba·ton

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word baton.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. baton, wandnoun

    a thin tapered rod used by a conductor to lead an orchestra or choir

  2. truncheon, nightstick, baton, billy, billystick, billy clubnoun

    a short stout club used primarily by policemen

  3. batonnoun

    a short staff carried by some officials to symbolize an office or an authority

  4. batonnoun

    a hollow metal rod that is wielded or twirled by a drum major or drum majorette

  5. batonnoun

    a hollow cylinder passed from runner to runner in a relay race


  1. batonnoun

    A staff or truncheon, used for various purposes; as, the baton of a field marshal

    Etymology: From bâton.

  2. batonnoun

    The stick of a conductor in musical performances.

    Etymology: From bâton.

  3. batonnoun

    An object transferred by runners in a relay race.

    Etymology: From bâton.

  4. batonnoun

    A short stout club used primarily by policemen.

    Etymology: From bâton.

  5. batonnoun

    An abatement in coats of arms to denote illegitimacy. (Also spelled batune, baston).

    Etymology: From bâton.

  6. batonverb

    To strike with a baton.

    Etymology: From bâton.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Batonnoun

    a staff or truncheon, used for various purposes; as, the baton of a field marshal; the baton of a conductor in musical performances

  2. Batonnoun

    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


  1. BATON

    BATON is a Type 1 block cipher in use since at least 1995 by the United States government to secure classified information. While the BATON algorithm itself is secret, the public PKCS#11 standard includes some general information about how it is used. It has a 320-bit key and uses a 128-bit block in most modes, and also supports a 96-bit electronic codebook mode. 160 bits of the key are checksum material. It supports a "shuffle" mode of operation, like the NSA cipher JUNIPER. It may use up to 192 bits as an initialization vector, regardless of the block size. In response to a Senate question about encrypted video links, NSA said that BATON could be used for encryption at speeds higher than those possible with Skipjack.

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. baton

    A club used of old by authority. (See BATOON.)

  2. baton

    A staff, truncheon, or badge of military honour for field-marshals. A term in heraldry. Also, batoons of St. Paul, the fossil spines of echini, found in Malta and elsewhere.

Military Dictionary and Gazetteer

  1. baton

    A truncheon borne by generals in the French army, and afterwards by the marshals of other nations. Henry III. of France before he ascended the throne was made generalissimo of the army of his brother Charles IX., and received the baton as the mark of the high command, 1569.

  2. baton

    A staff used by drum-majors of foot regiments.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of baton in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of baton in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

Examples of baton in a Sentence

  1. Pat LeDuff:

    Baton Rouge police was about building relationship, getting along, working together, coming together.

  2. Rachel Dolezal:

    It is with complete allegiance to the cause of racial and social justice and the NAACP that I step aside from the Presidency and pass the baton to my Vice President, Naima Quarles-Burnley.

  3. Officer Daniel Hodges:

    The mob of terrorists were coordinating their efforts… shouting ‘heave, ho,’ as they synchronized pushing their weight forward crushing me further against the metal doorframe, a man in front of me grabbed my baton… he bashed me in the head and face with it, rupturing my lip and adding additional injury to my skull.

  4. Tom Smith:

    Whether it is a Taser, pepper spray, baton... there's been this gap created by the courts requiring that a higher level of force be used at the appropriate time, this tool fits perfectly into that gap giving the officers another option to use before having to use that high level of force to end that conversation very early, very safely.

  5. Barbara Hall:

    LEONARD I've failed, Chris. I can't locate the white collective unconscious. CHRIS I wouldn't feel too bad about that. You know, western culture hasn't really carried the baton on folklore and mythology. The rise of Christianity put the kibosh on it--the gospel hits the number one best-seller list and everything else gets remaindered.

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Translations for baton

From our Multilingual Translation Dictionary

  • диригентска палка, палка, жезъл, щафетаBulgarian
  • batuta, porra, testimoniCatalan, Valencian
  • taktovka, kolíkCzech
  • TaktstockGerman
  • γκλομπ, μπαγκέτα, σκυτάληGreek
  • batuta, porraSpanish
  • bastardijänne, sauva, komentosauva, tahtipuikko, kapula, keppi, pamputtaa, viestikapula, pamppuFinnish
  • relai, relais, matraque, frapper avec une verge, bâtonFrench
  • pentunganIndonesian
  • bacchetta, testimone, manganelloItalian
  • 指揮棒, 警棒Japanese
  • ដំបងKhmer
  • 경봉Korean
  • dirigento lazdelėLithuanian
  • zizlis, nūjiņaLatvian
  • палка, штафетна палка, штафета, пендрекMacedonian
  • stokjeDutch
  • pałka, batuta, pałeczkaPolish
  • testemunho, cassetete, bastãoPortuguese
  • жезл, дубинка, дирижёрская палочка, эстафета, палочка, палка, эстафетная палочкаRussian
  • dirigentpinne, stafettpinne, stav, batongSwedish
  • กระบองThai

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