batten: Meaning and Definition of
- to thrive by feeding; grow fat.
- to feed gluttonously or greedily; glut oneself.
- to thrive, prosper, or live in luxury, esp. at the expense of others: robber barons who battened on the poor.
- to cause to thrive by or as if by feeding; fatten.
- a small board or strip of wood used for various building purposes, as to cover joints between boards, reinforce certain doors, or supply a foundation for lathing.
- a transverse iron or steel strip supporting the flooring strips of a metal fire escape.
- a thin strip of wood inserted in a sail to keep it flat.
- a thin, flat length of wood or metal used for various purposes, as to hold the tarpaulin covering a hatch in place.
- a flexible strip of wood used for fairing the lines of a hull on the floor of a mold loft.
- Also calledpipe batten.a length of metal pipe hung from the gridiron, for suspending scenery or equipment, as drops, flats, or lighting units.
- a narrow strip of lumber for constructing, reinforcing, or joining flats.
- a similar strip attached to a drop to keep it flat or taut.
- to furnish or bolster with battens.
- to cover (a hatch) so as to make watertight (usually fol. by down).
- to secure (work) to a table or bed for a machining operation.
- to join or assemble (a steel column or the like) with batten plates.
- to suspend (scenery, stage lights, etc.) from a batten.
- to fasten a batten to (a flat or drop).
— Textiles. Textiles.
- (in a loom) the swinging frame for holding and positioning the reed.
- a part of the lay of a loom.
- to beat (filling yarn) into place with the batten.
- batten (Thesaurus)