Definition of batten :
1. 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.
2. The movable bar of a loom, which strikes home or closes the threads of a woof.
3. To fertilize or enrich, as land.
4. To furnish or fasten with battens.
5. To grow fat; to grow fat in ease and luxury; to glut one's self.
6. To make fat by plenteous feeding; to fatten.
- You mariners batten down the hatchways when the heavens are dark and seas are angry. - "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.
- They'd been in Italy and France, and had picked up Miss Guest, who was only too enchanted to batten on Monny's kindness and dollars. - "It Happened in Egypt", C. N. Williamson A. M. Williamson.