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baton


  2  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Baton  \Bat"on\,  n.  [F.  b[^a]ton.  See  {Baston}.] 
  1.  A  staff  or  truncheon,  used  for  various  purposes;  as  the 
  baton  of  a  field  marshal;  the  baton  of  a  conductor  in 
  musical  performances. 
 
  He  held  the  baton  of  command.  --Prescott. 
 
  2.  (Her.)  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  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  baton 
  n  1:  used  by  a  conductor  to  direct  an  orchestra 
  2:  passed  from  runner  to  runner  in  a  relay  race 




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