Baton meaning

bə-tŏn, bă-, bătn
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To strike with a baton.
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A staff serving as a symbol of office.
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A slender wooden stick or rod used by a conductor to direct an orchestra, band, or other musical group.
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A short staff carried by certain public officials as a symbol of office.
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A staff or truncheon, used for various purposes; as, the baton of a field marshal.
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A hollow metal rod with a heavy rubber tip or tips that is wielded and twirled by a drum major or drum majorette.
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The hollow cylinder that is carried by each member of a relay team in a running race and passed to the next team member.
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A short stick carried by police; a billy club.
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A shortened narrow bend, often signifying bastardy.
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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.
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A slender stick used by a conductor in directing an orchestra, choir, etc.
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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.
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The short, light rod passed from one runner to the next in a relay race.
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A policeman's club; billy; truncheon.
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(music) The stick of a conductor in musical performances.
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(sports) An object transferred by runners in a relay race.
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A short stout club used primarily by policemen.
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(heraldry) An abatement in coats of arms to denote illegitimacy. (Also spelled batune, baston).
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Origin of baton

  • French bâton from Old French baston stick from Vulgar Latin bastō *bastōn-

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From French bâton.

    From Wiktionary