- (transitive) to sew with loose temporary stitches
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- Clothingto sew with long, loose temporary stitches.
baste2 /beɪst/USA pronunciation v. [~ + object], bast•ed, bast•ing.
- to moisten (food) with drippings, etc., while cooking.
- Clothingto sew with long, loose stitches, as in temporarily tacking together pieces of a garment while it is being made.
- Gmc; compare Old High German bestan to mend, patch for *bastian to bring together with bast thread or string (bast bast + -i- verb, verbal suffix + -an infinitive suffix)
- Anglo-French, Middle French bastir to build, baste
- late Middle English basten 1400–50
baste2 (bāst),USA pronunciation v., bast•ed, bast•ing, n.
- to moisten (meat or other food) while cooking, with drippings, butter, etc.
- Foodliquid used to moisten and flavor food during cooking:a baste of sherry and pan juices.
- late Middle English basten, of obscure origin, originally 1425–75
baste3 (bāst),USA pronunciation v.t., bast•ed, bast•ing.
- to beat with a stick;
- to denounce or scold vigorously:an editorial basting the candidate for irresponsible statements.
- Old Norse beysta to beat, thrash
- variant of baist, perh. 1525–35
- to moisten (meat) during cooking with hot fat and the juices produced
- (transitive) to beat thoroughly; thrash