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Jean batten

[bat-n] /ˈbæt n/

Jean (“The Garbo of the Skies”) 1909–82, New Zealand aviator: first woman to make solo round-trip flight between England and Australia, 1934–35.
a sawn strip of wood used in building to cover joints, provide a fixing for tiles or slates, support lathing, etc
a long narrow board used for flooring
a narrow flat length of wood or plastic inserted in pockets of a sail to give it proper shape
a lath used for holding a tarpaulin along the side of a raised hatch on a ship

(NZ) Also called dropper. an upright part of a fence made of wood or other material, designed to keep wires at equal distances apart
(transitive) to furnish or strengthen with battens
batten down the hatches

(intransitive) usually foll by on. to thrive, esp at the expense of someone else: to batten on the needy
Jean. 1909–82, New Zealand aviator: the first woman to fly single-handed from Australia to Britain (1935)

“strip of wood (especially used to fasten canvas over ships’ hatches),” 1650s, anglicized variant of baton “a stick, a staff” (see baton). Nautical use attested from 1769.

“to improve; to fatten,” 1590s, probably representing an English dialectal survival of Old Norse batna “improve” (cf. Old English batian, Old Frisian batia, Old High German bazen, Gothic gabatnan “to become better, avail, benefit,” Old English bet “better;” cf. also boot (v.)). Related: Battened; battening.

“to furnish with battens,” 1775, from batten (n.); phrase batten down recorded from 1823. Related: Battened; battening.


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