bask

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v bask be exposed "The seals were basking in the sun"
    • v bask derive or receive pleasure from; get enjoyment from; take pleasure in "She relished her fame and basked in her glory"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • v. i Bask bȧsk To lie in warmth; to be exposed to genial heat. "Basks in the glare, and stems the tepid wave."
    • v. t Bask To warm by continued exposure to heat; to warm with genial heat. "Basks at the fire his hairy strength."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • bask To bathe, especially in warm water (and hence in blood, etc.).
    • bask To lie in or be exposed to a pleasant warmth; luxuriate in the genial heat or rays of anything: as, to bask in the sunshine.
    • bask Figuratively, to be at ease and thriving under benign or gratifying influences: as, to bask in the favor of a king or of one's lady-love.
    • bask To expose to genial warmth; suffuse with agreeable heat.
    • n bask Emitted warmth; a genial radiation or suffusion.
    • bask Bitter.
    • bask Same as bash.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.i Bask bask to lie in the warmth or sunshine.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OScand. baðask, to bathe one's self, or perh. bakask, to bake one's self, sk, being reflexive. See Bath (n.) Bake (v. t.)
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Scand. badask, to bathe.

Usage

In literature:

Out in the friendly, familiar yard, he looked curiously about him, basking in the sudden peace of it.
"Bunker Bean" by Harry Leon Wilson
Claude, basking in physical comfort, kept on sipping small glasses of cognac one after another, without noticing it.
"His Masterpiece" by Emile Zola
He, wishing doubtless to bask in it to the fullest extent, produced his book of tickets.
"A Voyage of Consolation" by Sara Jeannette Duncan
Yes, a snake basking beside a warm wall!
"Puck of Pook's Hill" by Rudyard Kipling
He basked in her pity.
"The Judge" by Rebecca West
Shall bask beneath the rose and vine.
"Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine -- Volume 55, No. 340, February, 1844" by Various
It was sufficient to bask in the sunshine, revelling in the free air, rejoicing in the sweetness of my nascent love.
"The Passenger from Calais" by Arthur Griffiths
Foliage trees, especially alders, began to appear among the pines, basking in the dazzling sunshine.
"Unknown Mexico, Volume 1 (of 2)" by Carl Lumholtz
They had the gentle complacency of the aged who bask in their own content.
"The Gay Cockade" by Temple Bailey
Lacking the skill to capture either prey, I can only bask in the autumn water's light.
"More Translations from the Chinese" by Various
He basked in the sun and told jokes, laughing at Pat's brilliant wit and Burns's dry humor.
"The Witness" by Grace Livingston Hill Lutz
Envies and jealousies had not arisen to mar the serenity in which he basked.
"Renaissance in Italy, Volumes 1 and 2" by John Addington Symonds
Young Gower had succeeded in dispelling the passive contentment of basking in the sun.
"Poor Man's Rock" by Bertrand W. Sinclair
All at once the trouble would pass away, and his countenance bask in its habitual calm, like a cloudless summer sky.
"The Prose Works of William Wordsworth" by William Wordsworth
Here Rome basked, half-asleep in a dream of sense; here the ant city worked and worked.
"Foes" by Mary Johnston
He seemed to bask in the sunshine of the respect and consideration accorded him on every side.
"The Deserter" by Charles King
The dale was very beautiful as it lay basking in the afternoon sun.
"Aunt Jane's Nieces Abroad" by Edith Van Dyne
They could bask in luxury to the end of their days, if they so desired.
"Aunt Jane's Nieces in the Red Cross" by Edith Van Dyne
Rashly did he bask his soul in her delicious beauty, deliberately drinking deep of that intoxicating draught.
"The Twins" by Martin Farquhar Tupper
Since those days the quaint little city had basked in the pride of her traditions.
"The Tin Soldier" by Temple Bailey
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In poetry:

Enlaced with gardened jewelry
My basking villas nest
Where sifted sunshine soothes the eye
And cosy hillocks rest.
"Prosperity" by Bernard O Dowd
Blazing and broad, the fjord
basks there calmly enough:
twelve leagues' travel across it,
two short yards to the bluff.
"Ólafsvík Headland" by Jonas Hallgrimsson
Oh tell me not of bitter thoughts,
Of melancholy dreams,
By that fair fount whose sunny wall
Basks in the western beams.
"Trehill Well" by Charles Kingsley
And prone along the shore,
Basking in the fierce glare,
Lie sun-bronzed Titans, covered o'er
With shaggy, sea-weed hair.
"Noonday" by Frances Anne Kemble
Forsaken dream not hearts which here
Bask in no sunny shine;
Each shall one coming day be dear
To love as good as thine.
"To G. M. T." by George MacDonald
One hour, my spirit, stretch thy wings,
And quit this joyless sod,
Bask in the sunshine of the sky,
And be alone with God!
"Retirement" by Anne Bronte

In news:

Thousands bask in Festival of Lights .
Basking in the galactic glow.
Peter Facinelli, Nikki Reed and Elizabeth Reaser Bask In the Final 'Twilight' Glow .
Basking in the galactic glow .
Doug O'Neill basks in the spotlight while sidestepping California.
Today, Griffin 's sprained right knee is in a brace and Cousins is basking in the comeback he orchestrated to help the Redskins beat the Baltimore Ravens, 31-28 in overtime Sunday after Griffin was injured.
Utah Symphony audience basks in Hilary Hahn 's star quality.
I am left then to bask in the accumulated but faded heat of memory rather than the tangible and current sort, which, alas, is the only kind that matters when you've just come in from shoveling out the driveway.
Nets bask in home court , edge Celtics.
The Cupcake Collection Basks in Glow of Second Win at Sugar Rush.
Local women bask in the spotlight as TLC's Stanley Sisters.
Is bringing Woody Guthrie back to life with it's latest production, Woody Sez, one of Boston's own folk performers will get his chance to bask in his idol's glow.
Jamaica is basking in its independence day celebrations a day after Usain Bolt retained the Olympic gold medal in the men's 100m, with his compatriot Yohan Blake taking the silver.
Today, Griffin's sprained right knee is in a brace and Cousins is basking in the comeback he orchestrated to help the Redskins beat the Baltimore Ravens, 31-28 in overtime Sunday after Griffin was injured .
The new Iraqi government and its American patrons should have been basking in the glow of a two-week blitz of good news.
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