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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



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.

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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With the Verticalnet Board, and myself personally, taking a leadership role in driving the sales process, and with our third quarter Form 10-Q filing behind us, Kevin and John felt the timing was right to pass the baton," said Verticalnet Chairman Mike Hagan.
I believe now is a good time for me to step back, pass the baton and let some of our younger folks, under a vigorous new leader, take over for the next phase of the transition of our technology to commercialization.
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In the time I have been on the Board I have seen that successful restructure take place and with confidence pass the baton on to BakBone's new President and CEO, Keith Rickard.
Now it's time to pass the baton, as I think all good artists should.