Meaning of “baton” - Learner’s Dictionary

baton

noun [ C ] uk us /ˈbætən/ US  /bəˈtɑːn/
STICK

a thin stick used to control the rhythm of a group of musicians

POLICE

a thick stick that a police officer uses as a weapon

RACE

a stick that a runner passes to the next person in a race

(Definition of “baton” from the Cambridge Learner’s Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)