Bat"ten (?), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Battened (); p. pr. & vb. n. Battening.] [See Batful.]


To make fat by plenteous feeding; to fatten.

"Battening our flocks."



To fertilize or enrich, as land.


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Bat"ten, v. i.

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


The pampered monarch lay battening in ease. Garth.

Skeptics, with a taste for carrion, who batten on the hideous facts in history, -- persecutions, inquisitions. Emerson.


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Bat"ten, n . [F. bton stick, staff. See Baton.]

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.

Batten door Arch., a door made of boards of the whole length of the door, secured by battens nailed crosswise.


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Bat"ten, v. t.

To furnish or fasten with battens.

To batten down, to fasten down with battens, as the tarpaulin over the hatches of a ship during a storm.


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Bat"ten, n. [F. battant. See Batter, v. t.]

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


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