Definitions

from The Century Dictionary.

  • To bathe; foment.
  • To heat (unseasoned wood) for the purpose of straightening (it).

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • transitive verb obsolete To bathe; also, to dry or heat, as unseasoned wood.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • verb transitive, dialectal To bathe (with warm liquid); foment.
  • verb transitive To dry or heat (unseasoned) wood for the purpose of straightening it.

Etymologies

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From Middle English bethen, from Old English beþian ("to heat, warm, foment"), a variant form of baþian ("to bathe"). More at bathe.

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