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Noun: baton  ba'tón [N. Amer], ba-tun [Brit]
  1. A thin tapered rod used by a conductor to lead an orchestra or choir
    - wand
  2. A short stout club used primarily by policemen
    - truncheon, nightstick [N. Amer], billy [N. Amer], billystick [N. Amer], billy club [N. Amer]
  3. A short staff carried by some officials to symbolize an office or an authority
  4. A hollow metal rod that is wielded or twirled by a drum major or drum majorette
  5. A hollow cylinder passed from runner to runner in a relay race

Sounds like: batten

Derived forms: batons

Type of: club, rod, sports implement, staff

Encyclopedia: Baton