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Bat·ten

(bat'ĕn),
Frederick E., British ophthalmologist, 1865-1918. See: Batten-Mayou disease, Batten disease.
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Car dies, soup, skis and even hot water bottles were flying off the shelves as Britain battened down the hatches.
NEIL COMPTON battened down the hatches for England last night as Wellington braced itself for Cyclone Sandra.
But Wanderers battened down the hatches to pick up a bonus point on the back of Sneddon's boot.
SCOTLAND battened down the hatches again last night as the country again faced blizzards and sub-zero temperatures.
Scotland battened down the hatches last night after warnings of severe winds and storms.
As residents battened down the hatches, members of the Orange lodges, the PSNI, politicians and local paramilitary and community groups were in meetings to discuss how to handle today's inevitable clash.
Wanderers battened down the hatches and a 78th-minute try from replacement wing Glenn Holloway set up victory.
The private equity giant has battened down the hatches in the recession, gambling just pounds 76million in the three months to the end of June against pounds 428m a year ago.