Pity the poor Zanesvillians who had to batten down the hatches to avoid being eaten by the 18 free-roaming Bengal tigers.
He should make one stop in Michigan to batten it down (Wisconsin looks safe, as does Pennsylvania), and maybe New Hampshire.
My purpose was to return on deck—strike off the batten—and set the grating free.
After the stakes were set up we had to batten them together.
The other side of the river, Miss; probably from some rising ground a little north of batten Kil.
By the third motion the batten crowds this weft-thread into place.
The window openings were closed by batten shutters, operated by hinges of wood and fitted with wooden fastening devices.
Scott ordered the men to batten down the curtains on the weather side.
The batten sleeves are small pockets into which thin pieces of cane (called battens) are inserted to help the sail to set nicely.
But tell me, Oliver, have you heard of the accident to poor batten?
"strip of wood (especially used to fasten canvas over ships' hatches)," 1650s, anglicized variant of baton "a stick, a staff" (see baton). Nautical use attested from 1769.
"to improve; to fatten," 1590s, probably representing an English dialectal survival of Old Norse batna "improve" (cf. Old English batian, Old Frisian batia, Old High German bazen, Gothic gabatnan "to become better, avail, benefit," Old English bet "better;" cf. also boot (v.)). Related: Battened; battening.
"to furnish with battens," 1775, from batten (n.); phrase batten down recorded from 1823. Related: Battened; battening.