batten

Part of speech: verb

To make or grow fat; gratify a craving, as for cruelty.

Part of speech: verb

To put battens on.

Part of speech: noun

A narrow strip of wood; a cleat.

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Usage examples "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", 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", 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", Raymond Francis Yates.