• WordNet 3.6
    • v baste cover with liquid before cooking "baste a roast"
    • v baste sew together loosely, with large stitches "baste a hem"
    • v baste strike violently and repeatedly "She clobbered the man who tried to attack her"
    • n baste a loose temporary sewing stitch to hold layers of fabric together
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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.
    • Baste To beat with a stick; to cudgel. "One man was basted by the keeper for carrying some people over on his back through the waters."
    • Baste To mark with tar, as sheep.
    • v. t Baste To sew loosely, or with long stitches; -- usually, that the work may be held in position until sewed more firmly.
    • Baste (Cookery) To sprinkle flour and salt and drip butter or fat on, as on meat in roasting.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • baste To beat with a stick; thrash; cudgel.
    • baste To moisten (meat that is being roasted or baked) with melted fat, gravy, etc., to improve the flavor or prevent burning.
    • baste To mark (sheep) with tar.
    • baste To sew slightly; fasten together with long stitches, as the parts of a garment, for trying on or fitting, or for convenience in handling during the process of making.
    • n baste In card-playing, same as beast, 7.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Baste bāst to beat with a stick.
    • v.t Baste bāst to drop fat or butter over meat while roasting to keep it from burning and to improve the flavour.
    • v.t Baste bāst to sew slightly or with long stitches.
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. basten, OF. bastir, F. btir, prob. fr. OHG. bestan, to sew, MHG. besten, to bind, fr. OHG. bast, bast. See Bast
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
O. Fr. bastír, from Old High Ger. bestan, to sew.


In literature:

Instead of stopping to be shot, however, the baste took to its heels.
"Snow Shoes and Canoes" by William H. G. Kingston
The linen fiber consists of the bast cells of certain species of flax grown in Europe, Africa, and the United States.
"Textiles and Clothing" by Kate Heintz Watson
I axed my husband if it was he; but he swears upon his salvation that it was no one if it wasn't Tim O'Connor, the baste!
"Newton Forster" by Captain Frederick Marryat
If, by your means, I have obtained my promotion, why, then the mouse is a finer baste than the lion.
"Peter Simple" by Frederick Marryat
Could ye go wid the lad down the road, and see if anything has happened to himself or the bastes, the craters?
"Adrift in the Ice-Fields" by Charles W. Hall
Bad skran to the baste!
"Ungava" by R.M. Ballantyne
Av coorse the shock wasn't enough to have knocked the baste over.
"The Battery and the Boiler" by R.M. Ballantyne
The baste called to try his hand on mysilf, but I flung my big boots at his head, an' saw no more of him.
"Digging for Gold" by R.M. Ballantyne
I'm glad to see that ye've got some consideration for man and baste.
"Martin Rattler" by R.M. Ballantyne
Sew up the fish and bake, basting with butter or dripping.
"My Pet Recipes, Tried and True" by Various

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
Once when I had a fever--I won't forget it soon--
I was hot as a basted turkey and crazy as a loon;
Never an hour went by me when she was out of sight--
She nursed me true and tender, and stuck to me day and night.
"Betsey And I Are Out" by William McKendree Carleton
Once when I had a fever—I won't forget it soon—
I was hot as a basted turkey and crazy as a loon;
Never an hour went by me when she was out of sight—
She nursed me true and tender, and stuck to me day and night.
"Betsey and I are out" by Will McKendree Carleton

In news:

Good Luck to our local fire station grillers in Selah and Gleed…the competition continues and I can smell the sweet basting of those steaks all the way to the KFFM studios.
With basting, stuffing, and arranging, don't forget to give thanks.
Brine, dry-rub, and baste your bird to new heights of barbecue glory.
The village band is made up of Steve Bast, Donnie Ray Crozier and Jerry and Marie Wittman.
A few weeks ago we grilled some delicious Bourbon Basted Pork Chops .
Jackie Mastrelli stuck me on a spit and liberally basted me with conservative dogma.
Bast wins Fast Friday 's Main Event.
But how to deal with basting the bird, Cowboys sympathizers, and other distractions.
A garlic -infused basting oil turns steak and shrimp into a culinary masterpiece.
Baste with the maple glaze as directed.
In last 15 minutes of baking time for ham, unwrap and baste ham with prepared glaze .
Baste turkey with glaze and pan drippings at least once an hour.
Use the remainder of the mop for basting, but don't start mopping until the outside of the chicken is cooked.
Roast on middle shelf for about 30 minutes or until chicken reaches an internal temperature of at least 165 degrees F. About 20 minutes into the roasting time, baste chicken wings with marinade.
"The Spanish ham keeps the fish from drying out, basting it with its inimitable fat.".

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