What does the word batten mean?

Usage examples for batten

  1. All that went on in the world of letters interested him keenly, and he was indignant with the stupidity, falsehood, affectation and charlatanry which batten upon literature. – Reminiscences of Anton Chekhov by Maxim Gorky Alexander Kuprin I. A. Bunin
  2. Then Mr. Batten held his peace, while Thompson stood up and scanned the wide expanse of sea. – Benita, An African Romance by H. Rider Haggard
  3. Do not sew where a batten sleeve passes under the binding, as you will require the former left open to allow the batten to pass into the fold of the binding. – Boys' Book of Model Boats by Raymond Francis Yates