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bat•ten
[[t]ˈbæt n[/t]] n.
1) bui a small board or strip of wood used for various building purposes, as to cover joints between boards, reinforce doors, or supply a foundation for lath
2) naut. navig.
a) a strip of wood used to keep a sail flat
b) a length of wood or metal used on a ship, esp. to secure a tarpaulin over a hatch
3) bui to furnish or bolster with battens
Etymology: 1400–50; late ME bataunt, batent finished board < OF II
bat•ten
[[t]ˈbæt n[/t]] v. i.
1) to thrive by feeding; grow fat
2) to feed gluttonously or greedily
3) to thrive, prosper, or live in luxury, esp. at the expense of others
4) to cause to thrive by or as if by feeding; fatten
Etymology: 1585–95; appar. < ON batna to improve; akin to Go gabatnan, OE gebatian to improve; see better I

From formal English to slang. 2014.

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