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
- 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.
- To strike with a baton; cudgel.
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
French bâton, from Old French baston, stick, from Vulgar Latin *bastō, *bastōn-.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From French bâton. (Wiktionary)