A thin strip of wood used in construction to hold members of a structure together or to provide a fixing point.
A long strip of wood, metal, fibreglass etc., used for various purposes aboard ship, especially one inserted in a pocket sewn on the sail in order to keep the sail flat.
In stagecraft, a long pipe, usually metal, affixed to the ceiling or fly system in a theater.
The movable bar of a loom, which strikes home or closes the threads of a woof.
From Middle English *battenen, *batnen, of North Germanic origin, from Old Norse batna ("to grow better, improve, recover"), from Proto-Germanic *batnaną ("to become good, get better"), from Proto-Indo-European *bʰed-. Cognate with Icelandic batna ("to improve, recover"), Gothic 𐌲𐌰𐌱𐌰𐍄𐌽𐌰𐌽 ("to be noteful, profit, boot"), Dutch baten ("to avail, profit, benefit"), Old English batian ("to get better, recover"). More at better.
From Middle English bataunt, batent, from Old French batent ("beating").
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