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Definition of baton noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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  1. 1a thin light stick used by the person (called aconductor) who is in control of an orchestra, etc. The orchestra played brilliantly under Previn's baton.
  2. 2a short light stick that one member of a team in a relay 1race passes to the next person to run to pass/hand over the baton (figurative) The president passed the baton (= passed responsibility) to his successor.
  3. 3a long stick that is held and thrown in the air by a person marching in front of a band, or by a majorette to twirl a baton
  4. 4a nightstick
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