Definition of baton:
- A staff or truncheon, used for various purposes; as, the baton of a field marshal; the baton of a conductor in musical performances.
- An ordinary with its ends cut off, borne sinister as a mark of bastardy, and containing one fourth in breadth of the bend sinister; - called also bastard bar. See Bend sinister.
- "With Edge Tools", Hobart Chatfield-Taylor.
Two points are perhaps worth noting here: First, the size and strength of the Salomon Orchestra; and second, the fact that Haydn did not, as every conductor does now, direct his forces, baton in hand.- "Haydn", J. Cuthbert Hadden.
- "Forty Years a Gambler on the Mississippi", George H. Devol.