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Oxford dictionary definition of the word batten:
a long flat strip of squared timber or metal used to hold something in place or as a fastening against a wall.
a strip of wood or metal for securing a tarpaulin over a ship’s hatchway.
a strip of wood or plastic used to stiffen and hold the leech of a sail out from the mast.
strengthen or fasten (something) with battens:
Stephen was battening down the shutters
batten down the hatches
Nautical secure a ship’s tarpaulins.
prepare for a difficulty or crisis:
a natural tendency in times of recession is to batten down the hatches
late 15th century: from Old French batant, present participle (used as a noun) of batre ‘to beat’, from Latin battuere