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batten2

bat·ten2

batten2

pronunciation:
bae tn
parts of speech:
noun, transitive verb
part of speech: noun
definition 1: a narrow board or strip used esp. for exterior siding and flooring in wooden building construction.
definition 2: a thin, flexible length of wood or other material used to maintain flatness in a sail.
 
part of speech: transitive verb
inflections: battened, battening, battens
definition 1: to secure or fasten using battens (usu. fol. by down).
Batten down the barn door.As the ship headed into the storm, the sailors battened down the hatches.
similar words:
board
definition 2: to furnish with battens.