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ˈbæt nbat·ten

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. batting, battennoun

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

  2. battenverb

    a strip fixed to something to hold it firm

  3. batten, batten down, secureverb

    furnish with battens

    "batten ships"

  4. battenverb

    secure with battens

    "batten down a ship's hatches"

Webster Dictionary

  1. Battenverb

    to make fat by plenteous feeding; to fatten

  2. Battenverb

    to fertilize or enrich, as land

  3. Battenverb

    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. Battenverb

    to furnish or fasten with battens

  6. Battenverb

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


  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.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Batten

    bat′n, v.i. to grow fat: to live in luxury.—v.t. (obs.) to fatten. [Ice. batna, to grow better—bati, advantage; cf. Dut. baten, to avail.]

  2. Batten

    bat′n, n. a piece of board: a ledge, clamp: in ships, a strip of wood used to fasten down the hatches.—n. Bat′tening, battens forming a structure. [Same as Baton.]

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.

Military Dictionary and Gazetteer

  1. batten

    The sloping of a wall which brings the perpendicular from the top inside the base.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of batten in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of batten in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

Examples of batten in a Sentence

  1. Andy Forster:

    For the last couple of years, it's been more about batten down the hatches and cost control. They may be changing the focus slightly now.

  2. Mick Fleetwood:

    No matter what - rehearsed, under-rehearsed, over-rehearsed, doubts about rehearsing - the first gig is always the first gig, and you put on your little praying hat, batten down the hatch, and do what you do.

  3. Operation Warp Speed:

    This is our time to batten down.

  4. Peter Yapp:

    What will stop this is much higher levels of [ cyber ] security, instead of putting money into paying people after the event, we should be putting money in ahead of the event and making sure we batten down the hatches.

  5. Marquis de Sade:

    Wolves which batten upon lambs, lambs consumed by wolves, the strong who immolate the weak, the weak victims of the strong: there you have Nature, there you have her intentions, there you have her scheme: a perpetual action and reaction, a host of vices, a host of virtues, in one word, a perfect equilibrium resulting from the equality of good and evil on earth.

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    tasteless showiness
    • A. sapling
    • B. viverrine
    • C. substrate
    • D. brashness

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