baton

A baton is the small stick or rod, like the one that an orchestra conductor uses to direct musicians. A conductor's baton is often made of lightweight wood.

There are several types of batons, all of them some kind of stick or club. A relay runner carries and passes a metal or wooden baton to the next runner, and a baton twirler in a parade spins and throws a long, metal baton in the air as she marches. Police officers carry batons as well, heavy sticks that can be used as weapons. This is the original meaning of baton, from the Latin bastum, "stout staff."

Definitions of baton
  1. noun
    a hollow metal rod that is wielded or twirled by a drum major or drum majorette
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    type of:
    rod
    a long thin implement made of metal or wood
  2. noun
    a hollow cylinder passed from runner to runner in a relay race
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    type of:
    sports implement
    an implement used in a sport
  3. noun
    a short staff carried by some officials to symbolize an office or an authority
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    type of:
    staff
    a strong rod or stick with a specialized utilitarian purpose
  4. noun
    a short stout club used primarily by police officers
    synonyms: billy, billy club, billystick, nightstick, truncheon
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    type of:
    club
    stout stick that is larger at one end
  5. noun
    a thin tapered rod used by a conductor to lead an orchestra or choir
    synonyms: wand
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    type of:
    rod
    a long thin implement made of metal or wood
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