(Bat"tel), a. Fertile; fruitful; productive. [Obs.]
A battel soil for grain, for pasture good.
(Bat"tel*er Bat"tler) n. [See 2d Battel, n.] A student at Oxford who is supplied with provisions
from the buttery; formerly, one who paid for nothing but what he called for, answering nearly to a sizar
at Cambridge. Wright.
(Bat"ten) v. t. [imp. & p. p. Battened (-t'nd); p. pr. & vb. n. Battening.] [See Batful.]
1. To make fat by plenteous feeding; to fatten. "Battening our flocks." Milton.
2. To fertilize or enrich, as land.
(Bat"ten), v. i. To grow fat; to grow fat in ease and luxury; to glut one's self. Dryden.
The pampered monarch lay battening in ease.
Skeptics, with a taste for carrion, who batten on the hideous facts in history, persecutions, inquisitions.
Batten door (Arch.), a door made of boards of the whole length of the door, secured by battens nailed
(Bat"ten), n . [F. bâton stick, staff. See Baton.] A strip of sawed stuff, or a scantling; as, (a)
pl. (Com. & Arch.) Sawed timbers about 7 by 2 1/2 inches and not less than 6 feet long. Brande
& C. (b) (Naut.) A strip of wood used in fastening the edges of a tarpaulin to the deck, also around
masts to prevent chafing. (c) A long, thin strip used to strengthen a part, to cover a crack, etc.
To batten down, to fasten down with battens, as the tarpaulin over the hatches of a ship during a storm.
(Bat"ten), v. t. To furnish or fasten with battens.
(Bat"ten), n. [F. battant. See Batter, v. t.] The movable bar of a loom, which strikes home or
closes the threads of a woof.
(Bat"ten*ing) n. (Arch.) Furring done with small pieces nailed directly upon the wall.
(Bat"ter) v. t. [imp. & p. p. Battered (-terd); p. pr. & vb. n. Battering.] [OE. bateren, OF.
batre, F. battre, fr. LL. battere, for L. batuere to strike, beat; of unknown origin. Cf. Abate, Bate to
1. To beat with successive blows; to beat repeatedly and with violence, so as to bruise, shatter, or demolish; as,
to batter a wall or rampart.
2. To wear or impair as if by beating or by hard usage. "Each battered jade." Pope.
3. (Metallurgy) To flatten (metal) by hammering, so as to compress it inwardly and spread it outwardly.
(Bat"ter), n. [OE. batere, batire; cf. OF. bateure, bature, a beating. See Batter, v. t.]
1. A semi- liquid mixture of several ingredients, as, flour, eggs, milk, etc., beaten together and used in
2. Paste of clay or loam. Holland.
3. (Printing) A bruise on the face of a plate or of type in the form.