baton[bə tän′, ba-; Brit ba′tän′]
Conductor's hand holding his baton.
- a staff serving as a symbol of office
- Heraldry a short, narrow bend: in England, a baton placed diagonally right to left (as seen by the viewer) and cut short at both ends signifies bastardy
- a slender stick used by a conductor in directing an orchestra, choir, etc.
- ☆ a hollow metal rod, with a knob at one or at each end, twirled in a showy way by a drum major or drum majorette
- the short, light rod passed from one runner to the next in a relay race
- Brit. a policeman's billy; truncheon
Origin of batonFrench bâton ; from Old French baston ; from Vulgar Latin an unverified form basto ; from Late Latin bastum, stick, probably of Gaulish origin, originally
- Music A slender wooden stick or rod used by a conductor to direct an orchestra, band, or other musical group.
- A hollow metal rod with a heavy rubber tip or tips that is wielded and twirled by a drum major or drum majorette.
- A short staff carried by certain public officials as a symbol of office.
- Sports The hollow cylinder that is carried by each member of a relay team in a running race and passed to the next team member.
- A short stick carried by police; a billy club.
- Heraldry A shortened narrow bend, often signifying bastardy.
Origin of batonFrench bâton, from Old French baston, stick, from Vulgar Latin *bastō, *bastōn-.
- A staff or truncheon, used for various purposes; as, the baton of a field marshal
- (music) The stick of a conductor in musical performances.
- (sports) An object transferred by runners in a relay race.
- A short stout club used primarily by policemen.
- (heraldry) An abatement in coats of arms to denote illegitimacy. (Also spelled batune, baston).
(third-person singular simple present batons, present participle batoning, simple past and past participle batoned)
- To strike with a baton.
From French bâton.