Definition of batten:
- A strip of sawed stuff, or a scantling; as, ( a) pl. ( Com. & amp; Arch.) Sawed timbers about 7 by 2 1/ 2 inches and not less than 6 feet long. Brande & amp; C. ( b) ( Naut.) A strip of wood used in fastening the edges of a tarpaulin to the deck, also around masts to prevent chafing. ( c) A long, thin strip used to strengthen a part, to cover a crack, etc.
- The movable bar of a loom, which strikes home or closes the threads of a woof.
- To fertilize or enrich, as land.
- To furnish or fasten with battens.
- To grow fat; to grow fat in ease and luxury; to glut one's self.
- To make fat by plenteous feeding; to fatten.
- "Vittoria, v4", George Meredith.
Just as the raven follows an army to batten on the dead, so that fellow there stalks on in front of strangers in order to empty their pockets- and you, who call yourself an interpreter, and in learning Greek have forgotten the little Egyptian you ever knew, mark this: When you have to guide strangers take them to see the Sphinx, or to consult the Apis in the temple of Ptah, or lead them to the king's beast- garden at Alexandria, or the taverns at Hanopus, but don't bring them here, for we are neither pheasants, nor flute- playing women, nor miraculous beasts, who take a pleasure in being stared at.- "The Complete Historical Romances of Georg Ebers", Georg Ebers.
- "It Happened in Egypt", C. N. Williamson A. M. Williamson.