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Bat·ten

(bat'ĕn),
Frederick E., British ophthalmologist, 1865-1918. See: Batten-Mayou disease, Batten disease.
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OCCUPIED JERUSALEM: Israel battened down the hatches at its main airport Thursday, awaiting hundreds of pro-Palestinian activists as Greece blocked the last boat in a scuppered campaign to ship aid to the Gaza Strip.
While rivals battened down the hatches during the recession, Ramsden opened a new reprocessing facility last March to increase efficiency and improve product quality.
Administrations were 6% down on the final three months of 2009 as retailers battened down the hatches for tougher trading conditions, but the outlook is "far from plain sailing", Deloitte warned.
Irish chemistry student Alvin White Orbaek, 27, from Dalkey battened down the hatches at his home in Houston before the storm hit yesterday.
As most of Britain battened down the hatches, lashed with storm force rain and gales, our capital city did us proud.
Gibbs was bowled by a superb delivery from Michael Kasprowicz to depart for nine but De Villiers (48 not out) and Kallis (72 not out) battened down the hatches and initially weathered the storm before starting to play more and more expansively as they took South Africa past the 100 mark.
Meanwhile, Matthew Hoggard battened down the hatches for Yorkshire as the hosts secured a Roses match draw against Lancashire in the Frizzell County Championship Division Two at Headingley on Saturday.
A state of emergency was declared as locals and tourists fled or battened down the hatches.