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baste 1

tr.v. bast·ed, bast·ing, bastes
To sew loosely with large running stitches so as to hold together temporarily.

[Middle English basten, from Old French bastir, of Germanic origin.]

bast′er n.

baste 2

tr.v. bast·ed, bast·ing, bastes
To moisten (meat, for example) periodically with a liquid, such as melted butter or a sauce, especially while cooking.

[Middle English basten.]

bast′er n.

baste 3

tr.v. bast·ed, bast·ing, bastes
1. To beat vigorously; thrash: basted the attacker with a club.
2. To scold; berate.

[Probably of Scandinavian origin; akin to Old Norse beysta; see bhau- in Indo-European roots.]


1. (Knitting & Sewing) loose temporary stitches; tacking
2. (Knitting & Sewing) sewing with such stitches


(ˈbeɪ stɪŋ)

1. sewing with long, loose stitches.
2. bastings, the stitches taken or the threads used.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.basting - a loose temporary sewing stitch to hold layers of fabric togetherbasting - a loose temporary sewing stitch to hold layers of fabric together
embroidery stitch, sewing stitch - a stitch made with thread and a threaded sewing needle through fabric or leather
2.basting - moistening a roast as it is cookingbasting - moistening a roast as it is cooking
roasting - cooking (meat) by dry heat in an oven (usually with fat added); "the slow roasting took several hours"
dampening, moistening - the act of making something slightly wet


[ˈbeɪstɪŋ] N
1. (Sew) → hilván m
2. (= beating) → paliza f, zurra f


n (Sew: = act) → Heften nt; (= stitches)Heftnaht f; to take out the bastingdie Heftfäden herausziehen


n (inf: = beating) → Prügel pl; to give somebody a basting (team, critics)jdn fertigmachen (inf)
References in classic literature ?
Mary did look up, and she did stare at me: the ladle with which she was basting a pair of chickens roasting at the fire, did for some three minutes hang suspended in air; and for the same space of time John's knives also had rest from the polishing process: but Mary, bending again over the roast, said only -
These things were crowded with utensils of all sorts: frying pans, sauce pans, kettles, forks, knives, basting and soup spoons, nutmeg graters, sifters, colanders, meat saws, flat irons, rolling pins and many other things of a like nature.
Tulliver was obliged to bury them in her maternal bosom; for Maggie, declaring that the frock smelt of nasty dye, had taken an opportunity of basting it together with the roast beef the first Sunday she wore it, and finding this scheme answer, she had subsequently pumped on the bonnet with its green ribbons, so as to give it a general resemblance to a sage cheese garnished with withered lettuces.
3 Place the meat on a grill tray, reserving the marinade for basting.
Before getting to a discussion about basting, let's spend just a moment on marking the quilting motif on the surface of the quilt.
Cook, uncovered for a further 10-15 minutes, basting every 5 minutes with the juices in the pan, until the chicken has cooked through.
For any size quilt, other than a small wall hanging, layering and basting is easier when done with a partner.
If you think basting a turkey is hard work, try basting an eight-year-old who dances from the minute he wakes up until he drops each day
Roast covered for 1 1/2 hours or until chicken is well cooked, basting every 30 minutes with the pan juices.
Place the lamb in a large, shallow dish and spoon over the marinade, reserving a couple of tablespoons for basting.
Place on a baking tray lined with non-stick baking paper and cook under a hot grill and for two minutes each side, basting with the marinade.