Definition of


  1. (noun, artifact) a loose temporary sewing stitch to hold layers of fabric together
  2. (verb, change) cover with liquid before cooking
  3. (verb, contact) sew together loosely, with large stitches
  4. (verb, contact) strike violently and repeatedly

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Alternate forms of Baste

Derivations: baste

Hypernyms: beat, beat up, dampen, embroidery stitch, moisten, run up, sew, sew together, sewing stitch, stitch, wash, work over

Origin of the word Baste

  1. "sew together loosely," mid-15c., from O.Fr. bastir "build, construct, sew up (a garment), baste, make, prepare, arrange" (12c., Mod.Fr. b?tir "to build"), from Frankish *bastjan "to sew or bind with bast," from P.Gmc. *bastjan "join together with bast" (cf. O.H.G. besten; see bast). more
  2. "to soak in gravy, moisten," c.1500, possibly from O.Fr. basser "to moisten," from bassin "basin." more
  3. "beat, thrash," 1530s, perhaps from the cookery sense of baste (2) or from some Scandinavian source (e.g. Swedish basa "to beat, flog," b?sta "to thump") akin to O.N. beysta "to beat," related to O.E. beatan (see beat). more

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