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English definition of “baton”

baton

noun [C]     /ˈbætən/ US  /bəˈtɑːn/
STICK a thin stick used to control the rhythm of a group of musiciansPoles, rods, shafts and sticksTechnical music terms
POLICE a thick stick that a police officer uses as a weaponPoles, rods, shafts and sticksHand weaponsHandguns and riflesThe police generally
RACE a stick that a runner passes to the next person in a raceAthleticsPoles, rods, shafts and sticks
(Definition of baton noun from the Cambridge Learner's Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

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