from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Music A slender wooden stick or rod used by a conductor to direct an orchestra or band.
- n. A hollow metal rod with a heavy rubber tip or tips that is wielded and twirled by a drum major or drum majorette.
- n. A short staff carried by certain public officials as a symbol of office.
- n. 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.
- n. A short stick carried by police; a billy club.
- n. Heraldry A shortened narrow bend, often signifying bastardy.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A staff or truncheon, used for various purposes; as, the baton of a field marshal
- n. The stick of a conductor in musical performances.
- n. An object transferred by runners in a relay race.
- n. A short stout club used primarily by policemen.
- n. An abatement in coats of arms to denote illegitimacy. (Also spelled batune, baston).
- v. To strike with a baton.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A staff or truncheon, used for various purposes.
- n. An ordinary with its ends cut off, borne sinister as a mark of bastardy, and containing one fourth in breadth of the bend sinister; -- called also bastard bar. See Bend sinister.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To strike with a baton; cudgel.
- n. A staff or club; a truncheon: carried either for use as a weapon, as a policeman's baton;
- n. as a mark of authority, as the baton of a field-marshal; or
- n. as a warrant to do something, as the baton or staff carried in Great Britain by the engineer of a train on a single-track railway, as his authority to proceed.
- n. In music: The stick or wand used by the leader of a chorus or an orchestra in directing the performance.
- n. A rest of two or more measures.
- n. In heraldry, same as baston, 1 .
- n. Also spelled batton.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a short stout club used primarily by policemen
- n. a hollow metal rod that is wielded or twirled by a drum major or drum majorette
- n. a short staff carried by some officials to symbolize an office or an authority
- n. a hollow cylinder passed from runner to runner in a relay race
- n. a thin tapered rod used by a conductor to lead an orchestra or choir
"Clearly," wrote Geerdes, "the Tac [tical Squad] cop with his baton is the modern counterpart of the bone-wielding killer ape, while the longhaired hippy represents ... a regression to an earlier, primitive level of development" — but one that promised "intellectually a progression into the future."
I do hope a few of those cameras came within baton swing the odd time. on April 2, 2009 at 12: 22 am | Reply Lucy
We must take the bipartisan baton from the members of the Commission and demonstrate a unity of purpose in achieving the goal of financial stability once again.
Actually, you have the Continuum of Force* a bit wrong; baton is one step up from CS.
Indra picked up the baton from a number of companies that were working to emerge on to the international market place.
Even the station-master's signal baton is almost too much for her.
Now the baton is being passed to China as our president presses his assault on education.
Redcross was first to respond waiting in baton rouge as the storm passed through.
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She’s toured this opera all over the world, and hearing it again with such a superb cast in this run under Jiri Belohlávek's baton is undoubtedly a wonder.