Definition of baton in English:
- He waved a hand in the air like he was holding a baton and conducting an orchestra.
- He leads with an incisive baton and the orchestra and chorus respond with spirit.
- From the day he raised a baton as principal conductor in Birmingham in 1980, Rattle has been the golden boy of classical music.
- Continuing the theme of movement, the third revealed a split screen showing identical images of relay racers passing a baton.
- They were leading when their third runner dropped the baton before passing it to the anchor.
- I've heard her talk about this;the third runner knocked the baton out of her hand, her knee came up.
- There might be a Rose Parade all the way to the Hall of Fame with Pete out front twirling the baton if, and when, he becomes eligible.
- He set scoring records at Niagara and twirled the baton at Buffalo Bills games.
- On a sunny July 4 morning in Ripley, West Virginia - a town of 3400 souls - he revelled in the festivities as batons twirled and bands marched.
- They were stopped by scores of riot policemen armed with automatic weapons, batons and water cannons.
- Around 250 police armed with tear gas, water cannons, batons, shields and automatic weapons attacked the workers when they refused to disperse.
- Heavily armed riot police used tear gas, water cannon and batons to break up groups of demonstrators and then chased them down side streets.
- Victory brought Wellington a field marshal's baton, sensitively designed by the Prince Regent himself.
- Brauchitsch, having been promoted to general in February 1938, was given his field marshal's baton in July 1940.
- It is said every soldier carries a field marshal's baton in his knapsack.
- Petite baton hands and four baton indicators adorn the dial, which is set in a square goldtone steel case with gentle contours and a beautiful polished shine.
- It's accented by large luminous white hands, thin white baton markers, and Arabic numerals at 6 and 12 o'clock.
- It features a black face, Arabic figures and baton hour markers, small seconds dial at 9 oclock, Black Seal inscription at 6 oclock.
- The suits are cups, coins, swords and batons, and each suit contains seven different cards: ace, 3, 4, 5, jack, horse, king.
- The four latin suits are swords, batons, cups and coins.
- A 40 card pack is used, usually with the Italian suits: swords, batons, cups and coins.
The original baton was a club or cudgel and came from French, ultimately from Latin bastum ‘stick’. The baton used to direct an orchestra or choir was first mentioned by the music historian Charles Burney ( 1726–1814) (father of the novelist Fanny Burney) in 1785. The baton passed from hand to hand in a relay race is first mentioned by that name in 1921. This use gives rise to pass on the baton, ‘to hand over a particular duty or responsibility’, and to take up (or pick up) the baton, ‘to accept a duty or responsibility’. The French name of Baton Rouge, the capital of Louisiana, means ‘Red Stick’ in English. It comes from a red-stained Indian boundary marker seen by early French explorers of the area.
pass (on) the baton
- Hand over a particular duty or responsibility: the technique allows us to pass the baton to the next generationMore example sentences
- The world's greatest rower for a decade, he needs one last, great race before passing the baton on permanently to his long-term teammate.
- The day Smith recorded her last album, Billie Holiday walked into the same studio to record her first - like passing on the baton.
- My life is now busy teaching, studying and preparing for the arrival (in mid-October) of our new baby, so I'm pleased to have passed the baton to Mark.
take up (or pick up) the baton
- Accept a particular duty or responsibility: it was left to the capital’s campuses to take up the batonMore example sentences
- This time last year, another past student, Ruth Maloney, took up the baton as musical director for such school productions and has done a wonderful job.
- This year, people in 23 other locations around the country took up the baton and organised Goal Miles in their own locality.
- Their father was a great loss but we were all delighted when Elaine and John decided to take up the baton.
under the baton of
- (Of an orchestra or choir) conducted by: the contract also allows for the orchestra to record under the baton of Sir Edward DownesMore example sentences
- The orchestra will be under the baton of esteemed conductors Philip Edmondson and Richard Nicholls.
- Director Robert Readman has a strong, capable cast among the Rowntree Players, supported by a fine orchestra under the baton of musical director Mike Thompson.
- The music lost none of its power as the Queensland Orchestra, under the baton of Tom Woods, brought Francois Klaus's choreography to life.
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