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Princeton's WordNet

  1. baste, basting, basting stitch, tackingverb

    a loose temporary sewing stitch to hold layers of fabric together

  2. basteverb

    cover with liquid before cooking

    "baste a roast"

  3. clobber, baste, batterverb

    strike violently and repeatedly

    "She clobbered the man who tried to attack her"

  4. baste, tackverb

    sew together loosely, with large stitches

    "baste a hem"


  1. basteverb

    To sprinkle flour and salt and drip butter or fat on, as on meat in roasting.

  2. basteverb

    To coat over something

  3. basteverb

    To sew with wide stitches.

  4. basteverb

    To beat.

  5. Etymology: Compare beysta (whence børste)

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. To Basteverb

    participle pass. basted, or basten.

    Etymology: bastonner, Fr. Bazata, in the Armorick dialect, signifies to strike with a stick; from which perhaps baston a stick, and all its derivatives, or collaterals, may be deduced.

    Quoth she, I grant it is in vain
    For one’s that basted to feel pain,
    Because the pangs his bones endure,
    Contribute nothing to the cure. Hudibras.

    Tir’d with dispute, and speaking Latin,
    As well as basting, and bear bating. Hudibras.

    Bastings heavy, dry, obtuse,
    Only dulness can produce;
    While a little gentle jerking
    Sets the spirits all aworking. Jonathan Swift.

    Sir, I think the meat wants what I have, a basting. William Shakespeare, Romeo and Juliet.

    The fat of roasted mutton falling on the birds, will serve to baste them, and so save time and butter. Jonathan Swift, Directions to the Cook.


  1. Baste

    Baste, also known as Basta, is a village in the Palghar district of Maharashtra, India. It is located in the Vikramgad taluka.


  1. baste

    Baste refers to the process of moistening food, often meat, with liquid such as melted butter, pan drippings, or a prepared sauce during cooking. This is usually done to keep the food moist, add flavor, and give a glazed or browned finish. The basting liquid is typically applied with a basting brush or by spooning the liquid over the food periodically.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Basteverb

    to beat with a stick; to cudgel

  2. Basteverb

    to sprinkle flour and salt and drip butter or fat on, as on meat in roasting

  3. Basteverb

    to mark with tar, as sheep

  4. Basteverb

    to sew loosely, or with long stitches; -- usually, that the work may be held in position until sewed more firmly

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Baste

    bāst, v.t. to beat with a stick. [Prob. conn. with Ice. beysta, Dan. böste, to beat.]

  2. Baste

    bāst, v.t. to drop fat or butter over meat while roasting to keep it from burning and to improve the flavour. [Ety. unknown.]

  3. Baste

    bāst, v.t. to sew slightly or with long stitches. [O. Fr. bastír, from Old High Ger. bestan, to sew.]

Editors Contribution

  1. baste

    To spoon a sauce high in flavor and fat onto a piece of meat.

    I will baste the garlic and butter sauce onto the steak

    Submitted by anonymous on September 28, 2020  

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of BASTE in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of BASTE in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

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    being essentially equal to something
    • A. ostensive
    • B. numinous
    • C. tantamount
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