from The Century Dictionary.
- noun The operation of fixing to a wall battens, to which are to be nailed laths to receive plastering.
- noun The battens fixed to a wall for this purpose.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.
- noun (Arch.) Furring done with small pieces nailed directly upon the wall.
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- verb Present participle of
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So as the winds pick up, we're going to keep kind of battening down the hatches.
I'm in a bit of tunnel, workwise, so it's a case of battening down the hatches.
The British government's policies are locked in the same impotent stasis as the rest of the world's – battening down the hatches, cutting public spending and borrowing, and refusing to accept realities.
As in previous downturns, graduates bore the brunt of this recession as employers cancelled recruitment programmes and deferred job offers before battening down the hatches.
Right now, the park bears all the hallmarks of getting ready for a festival, rather than battening down for a riot.
And that's as exciting as it gets because thereafter, despite that titular quote from The Tempest and all that suggestive battening down of hatches, Petronio delivers a flat calm.
No purchasing of luxuries for us, we are battening down the hatches and it's all "great depression" talk around here.
A lot of them do have the ability to refuse the money, because they could survive the downturn the crisis by simply battening down the hatches.
A few older men hurried home with hastily purchased groceries, battening down for a siege.
Delta and its rivals are battening down the hatches and preparing for the potential weather disruptions Hurricane Irene may cause.