• WordNet 3.6
    • n Bast cat- or lion-headed Egyptian goddess; represents life-giving power of the sun
    • n bast (botany) tissue that conducts synthesized food substances (e.g., from leaves) to parts where needed; consists primarily of sieve tubes
    • n bast strong woody fibers obtained especially from the phloem of from various plants
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Ancient Egyptians believed that "Bast" was the mother of all cats on Earth. They also believed that cats were sacred animals.
    • Bast A thick mat or hassock. See 2d Bass, 2.
    • Bast The inner fibrous bark of various plants; esp. of the lime tree; hence, matting, cordage, etc., made therefrom.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n bast The strong inner fibrous bark of various trees, especially of species of linden (Tilia), of which the Russia matting of commerce is made. Cuba bast, used for tying up cigars, etc., is the inner bark of a malvaceous tree, Paritium clatum.
    • n bast In botany, a tissue, otherwise called the liber or phloëm, formed of or containing very narrow, long, and tough flexible cells, called bast-cells or bast-fibers, and occurring most abundantly in the inner bark of dicotyledons. The younger and softer portion lying nearest to the cambium has been called soft bast. Bast-cells are the essential constituents of all textile fibers that are derived from the bark of plants, as flax, hemp, jute, ramie, etc.
    • n bast A rope or cord made of the inner bark of the lime-tree, or the bark made into ropes or mats. See bass, 3.
    • n bast Bastardy.
    • bast Bastard; illegitimate.
    • n bast A name sometimes given to the portion of raw-silk fiber which envelops the fibroin: virtually the same as the sericin.
    • n bast A trade-name of the piassava-fiber. See bast-palm, piassava, and bass, 4.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Bast bast the inner bark of the lime-tree: matting made of it.
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
AS. bæst,; akin to Icel., Sw., Dan., D., & G. bast, of unknown origin. Cf. Bass the tree
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. bæst; Dut., Dan., Ger. bast.


In literature:

Were they not basted by her either eye.
"The Hesperides & Noble Numbers: Vol. 1 and 2" by Robert Herrick
The illigant baste wint an' swallowed a tape-measure!
"The New Pun Book" by Thomas A. Brown and Thomas Joseph Carey
He has a good job, an' 'tis r-right an' proper f'r to baste him fr'm time to time.
"Mr. Dooley in Peace and in War" by Finley Peter Dunne
A little door at the back could be opened for convenience in basting the roast.
"Home Life in Colonial Days" by Alice Morse Earle
Claret wine, with a bundle of sage, rosemary, tyme, and parsley, baste the mutton with these herbs and wine.
"The accomplisht cook" by Robert May
The weight of moisture in the wet fibre, immediately it is drawn from the bast, averages 56 per cent.
"The Philippine Islands" by John Foreman
The girls tried them on, one at a time, and Miss Pringle pinned and basted and lengthened and shortened.
"Phyllis" by Dorothy Whitehill
One could scarcely baste the turkey without falling over two or three of them.
"Carl and the Cotton Gin" by Sara Ware Bassett
An', man or baste, Oi ain't particular, so 'tis a good wan.
"The Promise" by James B. Hendryx
The birds were hung on an improvised spit, with a pan below to catch the drippings with which they were basted.
"A Little Girl in Old Quebec" by Amanda Millie Douglas
Margaret and her mother were basting shirts; John was drawing plans on the dining-room table.
"A Little Girl in Old New York" by Amanda Millie Douglas
Jane cut and basted and fitted.
"A Little Girl in Old Boston" by Amanda Millie Douglas
Down ran the wine into the road, most piteous to be seen, Which made his horse's flanks to smoke as they had basted been.
"The Book of Humorous Verse" by Various
Mrs. Boyd basted the tear on a piece of cloth and began her work.
"The Girls at Mount Morris" by Amanda Minnie Douglas
From what part of the plant are bast fibers obtained?
"Textiles" by William H. Dooley
Bastian or Baste, for Sebastian.
"The Romance of Names" by Ernest Weekley
Half an hour before serving add a small cup of cream or milk and baste thoroughly over a hotter fire.
"365 Luncheon Dishes" by Anonymous
Place on a rack in oven, add suet to baste with.
"The Community Cook Book" by Anonymous
I was basting a dress for Mrs. Lincoln.
"Behind the Scenes" by Elizabeth Keckley
He had me, a gentleman's son, basted by a hind!
"Privy Seal" by Ford Madox Ford

In poetry:

Peter the Repeater,
Platted round a platter
Slips of slivered paper,
Basting them with batter.
"Cats Cradle Song," by James Clerk Maxwell
Down ran the wine into the road,
Most piteous to be seen,
Which made his horse’s flanks to smoke,
As they had basted been.
"The Diverting History Of John Gilpin, Showing How He Went Farther Than He Intended, And Came Safe Ho" by William Cowper
Now Hamlet was, O dreadful doom!
Directly charg'd to quit the room;
And would have felt a basting sore,
Only a fav'rite was before.
"The Robin-Red-Breast" by William Hutton
A passer-by in mist receding
Is recognized when he has passed.
You walk on hoarfrost-covered pathways
As though on mats of plaited bast.
"Autumn Frost" by Boris Pasternak
WELL freighted with gay flowers
And goodly wine, O Bast,
We'll fling aside the hours
Like glittering spray upcast,
Up to the stars divine !
"Egyptian Lyrics" by E J Rupert Atkinson
Poor victim, prepared for his classical spit,
With a stuffing of praise and a basting of wit,
You may twitch at your collar and wrinkle your brow,
But you're up on your legs, and you're in for it now.
"Verses For After-Dinner" by Oliver Wendell Holmes

In news:

Baste ham every 10 to 15 minutes with the honey glaze .
Blend first 6 ingredients in small bowl Heat grill and baste salmon with glaze while cooking DO NOT OVERCOOK SALMON.
Baste the turkey with the pan juices , and add more chicken broth to the pan if needed.
Continue roasting another 2 to 2 1/2 hours, basting with the pan juices every 30 minutes or until the internal temperature reaches 165 degrees.
Phase 1 adds casting cooling, cleaning, basting capacity.
A garlic-infused basting oil turns steak and shrimp into a culinary masterpiece.
Lukas Moodysson has received the highest amount, $1.65 million, for his "Vi ar bast" (We Are the Best), in the latest round of funding from the Swedish Film Institute.
The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 pm Thursday at Bast-Stauffer Funeral Home, Boonsboro.
Thanksgiving dinner doesn't have to require basting the turkey, doing the dishes and calling the plumber to plunge the potato peels out of the clogged garbage disposal.
Forget about brining and basting.
A new work in the series which already includes books on wool, cotton, silk and luxury fibers, regenerated cellulose, bast and other plant and high performance fibers, this book examines fibers generated entirely from chemicals.
A few weeks ago we grilled some delicious Bourbon Basted Pork Chops.
Mayonnaise in marinades, sauce on a stick and burger patties basted with butter: We polled some of our favorite grilling experts to get their most extraordinary ideas for everyday cooking.
Stonecross pork roast basted in Woodford Reserve .
Remove the cover, baste with turkey juices and bake for another 15 minutes.

In science:

Kleppe A, Warmer J, Bast W, MDA Explained: The Model Driven Architecture™: Practice and Promise, Addison Wesley Professional (2003), and Rick Kazman, Steven G. Woods, S. Jeromy Carrière, Requirements for Integrating Software Architecture and Reengineering Models: CORUM II.
Experiences of Engineering Grid-Based Medical Software
BASTE-like bursts, with around 78% of those bursts detected by GLAST within one second of GRB onset.
Triggers and alerts with GLAST
Bast et al (see for an outline) find a set of about 10,000 intersections (which they call transit nodes) with the property that, unless the start and destination points are close, the shortest route goes via some transit node near the start and some transit node near the destination.
Scale-Invariant Random Spatial Networks
Such a simulation ensures that P (θ) and P (θ, z ) predicted by the USJ models and derived from BASTE observations are based on the same GRB rate model.
Testing the Universal Structured Jet Models of Gamma-Ray Bursts by BATSE Observations