batten[ bat-n ]SEE DEFINITION OF batten
EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR BATTEN
After the stakes were set up we had to batten them together.
Ivan was not of the type of man to press his popularity and batten upon it.
By the third motion the batten crowds this weft-thread into place.
Scott ordered the men to batten down the curtains on the weather side.
My purpose was to return on deck—strike off the batten—and set the grating free.
I remembered where one batten had been removed, and where the other had been attacked by the axe.
But tell me, Oliver, have you heard of the accident to poor Batten?
Assuredly not they, for they batten on corruption; they are the maggots not the bees of industry.
Home and called at my Lady Batten's, and supped there, and so home.
The same we are for other reasons to my Lady Batten and hers.
"strip of wood (especially used to fasten canvas over ships' hatches)," 1650s, anglicized variant of baton "a stick, a staff" (see baton). Nautical use attested from 1769.