Pronunciation: (bu-ton', ba-, bat'n), [key]
1. Music.a wand used by a conductor.
2. a rod of lightweight metal fitted with a weighted bulb at each end and carried and twirled by a drum major or majorette.
3. Track.a hollow rod of wood, paper, or plastic that is passed during a race from one member of a relay team to the next in a prescribed area.
4. a staff, club, or truncheon, esp. one serving as a mark of office or authority.
a. a diminutive of the bend sinister, couped at the extremities: used in England as a mark of bastardy.
b. a similar diminutive of the ordinary bend.
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