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Meaning of baton

ba•ton

Pronunciation: (bu-ton', ba-, bat'n), [key]
— n.
  1. a wand used by a conductor.
  2. a rod of lightweight metal fitted with a weighted bulb at each end and carried and twirled by a drum major or majorette.
  3. a hollow rod of wood, paper, or plastic that is passed during a race from one member of a relay team to the next in a prescribed area.
  4. a staff, club, or truncheon, esp. one serving as a mark of office or authority.
    1. a diminutive of the bend sinister, couped at the extremities: used in England as a mark of bastardy.
    2. a similar diminutive of the ordinary bend.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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