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BAT'TEN, v.t. bat'n. [See Fat.]

1. To fatten; to make fat; to make plump by plenteous feeding.

2. To fertilize or enrich land.

BAT'TEN, v.i. To grow or become fat; to live in luxury, or to grow fat in ease and luxury.

The pampered monarch battening in ease.

BAT'TEN, n. A piece of board or scantling, of a few inches in breadth, used in making doors and windows. It is not as broad as a panel.

BAT'TEN, v.t. To form with battens.




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BAT'TEN, v.t. bat'n. [See Fat.]

1. To fatten; to make fat; to make plump by plenteous feeding.

2. To fertilize or enrich land.

BAT'TEN, v.i. To grow or become fat; to live in luxury, or to grow fat in ease and luxury.

The pampered monarch battening in ease.

BAT'TEN, n. A piece of board or scantling, of a few inches in breadth, used in making doors and windows. It is not as broad as a panel.

BAT'TEN, v.t. To form with battens.


BAT'TEN, n.

A piece of board, or scantling, of a few inches in breadth, used in making doors and windows. It is not as broad as a pannel. – Encyc.


BAT'TEN, v.i.

To grow or become fat; to live in luxury, or to grow fat in ease and luxury. – Dryden. The pampered monarch battening in ease. – Garth.


BAT'TEN, v.t. [bat'n; Russ. botiayu. Qu. Ar. بَدَنَ badana, to be fat; or فَدَّنَ faddana, to fatten. See Fat.]

  1. To fatten; to make fat; to make plump by plenteous feeding. – Milton.
  2. To fertilize or enrich land. – Philips.

BAT'TEN, v.t.

To form with battens.


Bat"ten
  1. To make fat by plenteous feeding] to fatten.

    "Battening our flocks." Milton.
  2. To grow fat; to grow fat in ease and luxury; to glut one's self.

    Dryden.

    The pampered monarch lay battening in ease.
    Garth.

    Skeptics, with a taste for carrion, who batten on the hideous facts in history, -- persecutions, inquisitions.
    Emerson.

  3. A strip of sawed stuff, or a scantling;

    as, (a) pl. (Com. *** Arch.)
  4. To furnish or fasten with battens.

    To batten down, to fasten down with battens, as the tarpaulin over the hatches of a ship during a storm.

  5. The movable bar of a loom, which strikes home or closes the threads of a woof.
  6. To fertilize or enrich, as land.
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Batten

BAT'TEN, verb transitive bat'n. [See Fat.]

1. To fatten; to make fat; to make plump by plenteous feeding.

2. To fertilize or enrich land.

BAT'TEN, verb intransitive To grow or become fat; to live in luxury, or to grow fat in ease and luxury.

The pampered monarch battening in ease.

BAT'TEN, noun A piece of board or scantling, of a few inches in breadth, used in making doors and windows. It is not as broad as a panel.

BAT'TEN, verb transitive To form with battens.

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importance

IMPORT'ANCE, n.

1. Weight; consequence; a bearing on some interest; that quality of any thing by which it may affect a measure, interest or result. The education of youth is of great importance to a free government. A religious education is of infinite importance to every human being.

2. Weight or consequence in the scale of being.

Thy own importance know.

Nor bound thy narrow views to things below.

3. Weight or consequence in self-estimation.

He believes himself a man of importance.

4. Thing implied; matter; subject; importunity. [In these senses, obsolete.]

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fashion

FASH'ION, n. fash'on. [L. facio, facies.]

1. The make or form of any thing; the state of any thing with regard to its external appearance; shape; as the fashion of the ark, or of the tabernacle.

Or let me lose the fashion of a man.

The fashion of his countenance was altered. Luke 9.

2. Form; model to be imitated; pattern.

King Ahaz sent to Urijah the priest the fashion of the altar. 2Kings 16.

3. The form of a garment; the cut or shape of clothes; as the fashion of a coat or of a bonnet. Hence,

4. The prevailing mode of dress or ornament. We import fashions from England, as the English often import them from France. What so changeable as fashion!

5. Manner; sort; way; mode; applied to actions or behavior.

Pluck Casca by the sleeve,

And he will, after his sour fashion, tell you

What hath proceeded.

6. Custom; prevailing mode or practice. fashion is an inexorable tyrant, and most of the world its willing slaves.

It was the fashion of the age to call every thing in question.

Few enterprises are so hopeless as a contest with fashion.

7. Genteel life or good breeding; as men of fashion.

8. Any thing worn. [Not used.]

9. Genteel company.

10. Workmanship.

FASH'ION, v.t. fash'on.

1. To form; to give shape or figure to; to mold.

Here the loud hammer fashions female toys.

Aaron fashioned the calf with a graving tool. Ex. 32.

Shall the clay say to him that fashioneth it, what makes thou? Is. 14.

2. To fit; to adapt; to accommodate; with to.

Laws ought to be fashioned to the manners and conditions of the people.

3. To make according to the rule prescribed by custom.

Fashioned plate sells for more than its weight.

4. To forge or counterfeit. [Not used.]

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