from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A (physical) beating.
  • v. Present participle of baste.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Loose temporary stitches.
  • n. The act or process of moistening a roast as it is cooking.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A cudgeling; a beating.
  • n. The moistening of meat that is being roasted with its own fat, butter, etc.
  • n. The gravy, melted fat, butter, etc., used in moistening roasting beef, etc.
  • n. In candle-making, the process of pouring melted wax over the wicks.
  • n. The act of sewing together with long, loose stitches.
  • n. The stitches themselves.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. moistening a roast as it is cooking
  • n. a loose temporary sewing stitch to hold layers of fabric together


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  • Begin basting every 10 minutes with coke, and continue cooking uncovered, until the chicken is done, testing doneness by your favorite method.


  • Japanese clothing is sewed with what we call a basting stitch, but it is as durable as it could be if sewed with the smallest of stitches.

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  • Indeed, not much more had been done towards making them than putting in what I believe is known as basting stitches.

    Clarimonde: A Tale of New Orleans Life, and of the Present War. By a Member of the N. O. Washington Artillery.

  • Young apprentices first learned how to sew, "basting" fabric with hand stitches to a canvas foundation.

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  • Another method is to cut off the bottom edge of the skirt a quarter of an inch from the turning line; apply the wrong side of the velveteen to the right side of the skirt, baste carefully close to the edge and stitch on the machine through velveteen, cloth, and lining (or facing) just inside the basting which is left in.

    Textiles and Clothing

  • There was no "basting" required, -- only an occasional turning of the steaks and a slight transposition of them on the harpoon spit, -- so that each should have due exposure to the flame.

    The Ocean Waifs A Story of Adventure on Land and Sea

  • And so "basting," as he said, "with a weak body and a willing mind; to do, he feared, no good work," he set forth from

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  • And so "basting," as he said, "with a weak body and a willing mind; to do, he feared, no good work," he set forth from Middelburgh to rejoin Leicester at Arnheim, in order to obey, as well as he could, the

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  • "It is very gratifying to me," whispered Miss Barker at the card - table to her three opponents, whom, notwithstanding her ignorance of the game, she was "basting" most unmercifully -- "very gratifying indeed, to see how completely Mrs Jamieson feels at home in my poor little dwelling; she could not have paid me a greater compliment."


  • Cover with foil and roast, basting frequently with the juices in the dish, until the eggplants are very soft, about 40 minutes.

    Roasted Baby Eggplant


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