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1. a thin stick used by the conductor of an orchestra, choir, etc., to indicate rhythm or expression
2. Athletics a short bar carried by a competitor in a relay race and transferred to the next runner at the end of each stage
3. a long stick with a knob on one end, carried, twirled, and thrown up and down by a drum major or drum majorette, esp at the head of a parade
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an object used for dynamic twirling exercises in performance and sport gymnastics. Batons are made of wood or of wood and metal; they consist of a stick 40 to 55 cm long, with a neck and a head. They have various designs and weigh between 400 and 500 g. Exercises with the baton contribute to the development of the shoulder muscles, the flexibility of the arm joints, and motor coordination.

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baston, baton, batoon

bastide, 1
1. A torus.
2.See batten.


1. A narrow strip of wood applied to cover a joint along the edges of two parallel boards in the same plane.
2. A strip of wood fastened across two or more parallel boards to hold them together; also called a cross batten
3. A flat strip of wood attached to a wall as a base for lathing, plastering, etc.; also called a furring strip.
4. In roofing, a wood strip applied over boards or roof structural members; used as a base for the attachment of slate, wood, or clay-tile shingles.
5.See board and batten
6. A board usually 2 in. (5 cm) to 4 in. (10 cm) thick and usually used as a lathing support or in flooring.
7. A steel strip used to secure metal flooring on a fire escape.
8. On a theater stage, a strip of wood to frame, stiffen, or reinforce a flat, or to fasten several flats together.
9. On a theater stage, length of hollow metal of round, square, or rectangular cross section used in connection with stage rigging to hang scenery or lighting equipment, such as a pipe batten or lighting batten.
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On the first day of its 40-day tour of Scotland, the baton travelled from the Borders to Edinburgh.
The Menai Bridge Brass Band will be "Going The Distance" for the Red Baton Relay when they welcome the Olympic Torch to Menai Bridge, on May 29.
The report on Aylesbury, which housed 437 young men aged 18 to 21, said: "The level of baton drawing/usage was the highest we have seen and was not subject to consistent scrutiny to assure us that this was justified."
Using your drill driver, screw the spliced baton to the back of the frame using the 10mm screws, along the line you've drawn.
People can take up the baton on a series of birthday walks to help the Ramblers celebrate 75 years as Britain's walking charity.
The company is the licensed Irish distributor for their US-made ASP baton made of a light titanium alloy.
The Speaker's Baton is a short green stick surmounted by a lion in silver with its right forepaw resting on a crown adorned with maple leafs and twelve rubies.
Dorothy Taylor, chairman of the Coventry and North Warwickshire Federation of Townswomen's Guilds, passed on her baton to Joyce Barnes, her opposite number in the Birmingham Federation.