Definitions of batten

  1. furnish with battens; of ships
  2. a strip fixed to something to hold it firm
  3. secure with battens; " batten down a ship's hatches"
  4. stuffing made of rolls or sheets of cotton wool or synthetic fiber
  5. furnish with battens; " batten ships"
  6. To make fat by plenteous feeding; to fatten.
  7. To fertilize or enrich, as land.
  8. To grow fat; to grow fat in ease and luxury; to glut one's self.
  9. A strip of sawed stuff, or a scantling; as, ( a) pl. ( Com. & amp; Arch.) Sawed timbers about 7 by 2 1/ 2 inches and not less than 6 feet long. Brande & amp; 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.
  10. To furnish or fasten with battens.
  11. The movable bar of a loom, which strikes home or closes the threads of a woof.
  12. A narrow strip of wood used for various purposes, such as fastening the edges of a piece of canvas to the deck of a ship; the slope of a wall.
  13. To fasten or form with strips of wood; to make fat by plenteous living; as, the sheep- raiser battens his flocks in rich pastures; fertilize or enrich.
  14. To grow or become fat; be prosperous at the expense of others.
  15. To grow fat: to live in luxury.
  16. To fatten: to fertilize or enrich.
  17. A piece of board.
  18. A strip of board.
  19. To feast or fatten.
  20. To make or grow fat; gratify a craving, as for cruelty.
  21. To put battens on.
  22. A narrow strip of wood; a cleat.
  23. A piece of board or scantling of a few inches in breadth.
  24. To make fat; to fertilize.
  25. To form or secure with battens.
  26. To grow or become fat; to live in ease and luxury.
  27. To fatten; to grow or become fat; to live in ease and luxury.
  28. A small piece of wood used by carpenters and plumbers.
  29. To fasten or form with battens.

Usage examples for batten

  1. Mrs Batten rose and went softly but quickly out of the room that she might relieve her bursting heart without distressing her husband, but he knew her too well to doubt the reason of her sudden movement, and a faint smile was on his lips for a moment as he said to Oliver,-" She's gone to weep a bit, sur, and pray. – Deep Down, a Tale of the Cornish Mines by R.M. Ballantyne
  2. It seemed to her that she had been in the timber trade for ages and ages, and that the most important and necessary thing in life was timber; and there was something intimate and touching to her in the very sound of words such as " baulk," " post," " beam," " pole," " scantling," " batten," " lath," " plank," etc. – The Darling and Other Stories by Anton Chekhov
  3. The new batten shutters excluded the beautiful outer night. – John March, Southerner by George W. Cable
  4. He was watching, on his left, the batten shutters of the sitting- room, when a small, unnoticed door near the dark, rear corner of the house clicked and then faintly creaked. – John March, Southerner by George W. Cable
  5. But he greatly improved his acquaintance with William Webster; and although he had now so much to occupy him, would not be satisfied until he was able to drive the shuttle, and work the treadles and the batten, and, in short, turn out almost as good a bit of linen as William himself- only he wanted about twice as much time to it. – Gutta-Percha Willie by George MacDonald
  6. I do not habitually batten on the sorrow of others, but this was a special case. – The Jonathan Papers by Elisabeth Woodbridge Morris
  7. You're put here to work, not play; to develop yourself, not batten on other people. – The Bars of Iron by Ethel May Dell
  8. Hew would go away, and in time he would batten down, fight and conquer his infatuation for Mrs. Maule. – Jane Oglander by Marie Belloc Lowndes
  9. This morning Sir W. Batten, Pen, and myself, went to church to the churchwardens, to demand a pew, which at present could not be given us, but we are resolved to have one built. – Diary of Samuel Pepys, Complete Transcribed From The Shorthand Manuscript In The Pepysian Library Magdalene College Cambridge By The Rev. Mynors Bright by Samuel Pepys Commentator: Lord Braybrooke
  10. All that went on in the world of letters interested him keenly, and he was indignant with the stupidity, falsehood, affectation and charlatanry which batten upon literature. – Reminiscences of Anton Chekhov by Maxim Gorky Alexander Kuprin I. A. Bunin
  11. Finally, I have had Mr. Batten with me once again- what should I or other English children do without him? – More English Fairy Tales by Various
  12. With a horn- handle knife he pried up the end of a batten until he could get his fingers beneath it. – The Plow-Woman by Eleanor Gates
  13. If we don't win in this war, German devilry will rule the world, and shall the country allow the Trade, as it calls itself, to batten upon the vitals of the nation? – "The Pomp of Yesterday" by Joseph Hocking
  14. These allowed the warp to give a tiny bit at every blow of the batten and then drew it instantly taut, no matter how heavy the box was made. – In the Days of the Guild by Louise Lamprey
  15. Let loose greed, envy, lust, and avarice, The myriad throated dragon of desire; Let might rule, riot, batten on the meek, The tyranny of man o'er man seem right. – The Three Heron's Feathers by Hermann Sudermann
  16. I despise people who just batten on the earnings of others, and never do a hand's turn for themselves. – Sisters by Ada Cambridge
  17. The batten shutters at door and window, with hinges like those of a postern, are shut with a grip that makes one's knuckles and nails feel lacerated. – Madame Delphine by George W. Cable
  18. If she had betrayed him and robbed him of Akhnaton's treasure, she was not going to let her batten on the suffering she had caused, so she said: " My brother has just heard that information of the discovery has come to the Minister of Public Works. – There was a King in Egypt by Norma Lorimer
  19. Follow your Function, go, and batten on colde bits. – Coriolanus by Shakespeare, William
  20. A woe- begone trolley creaks through the narrow streets and heart- broken cabmen mourning over the mistakes of misspent lives, larrup disconsolate horses over stony streets as they creak and jog and wheeze ahead of the invisible crows that seem always to be hovering above ready to batten upon their rightful provender. – The Martial Adventures of Henry and Me by William Allen White