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baton

ba·ton

baton

pronunciation:
b tan
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part of speech: noun
definition 1: a staff denoting position or authority.
The officer strode past the men, slapping his baton against his palm.
synonyms:
mace, scepter, staff, truncheon, verge, wand
similar words:
caduceus, crosier, fasces, rod, stick
definition 2: a thin rod or stick used by a conductor in leading an orchestra.
The conductor tapped his baton against the music stand, and the orchestra came to attention.
similar words:
rod, stick, wand
definition 3: a rod or staff, usu. of hollow metal, that is carried or twirled by a drum major or majorette.
The drum major twirled his baton, then threw it high in the air.
similar words:
rod, stick, wand
definition 4: in track and field, a hollow cylinder that is carried and passed from one runner to the next on a relay team.
They would have won the relay if he hadn't dropped the baton.
similar words:
cylinder, rod, stick
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