• WordNet 3.6
    • n basil leaves of the common basil; used fresh or dried
    • n Basil (Roman Catholic Church) the bishop of Caesarea who defended the Roman Catholic Church against the heresies of the 4th century; a saint and Doctor of the Church (329-379)
    • n basil any of several Old World tropical aromatic annual or perennial herbs of the genus Ocimum
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Basil (Bot) The name given to several aromatic herbs of the Mint family, but chiefly to the common or sweet basil (Ocymum basilicum), and the bush basil, or lesser basil (Ocymum minimum), the leaves of which are used in cookery. The name is also given to several kinds of mountain mint (Pycnanthemum).
    • n Basil băz"ĭl The skin of a sheep tanned with bark.
    • n Basil băz"ĭl The slope or angle to which the cutting edge of a tool, as a plane, is ground.
    • v. t Basil To grind or form the edge of to an angle.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n basil A name of several labiate plants, especially of the genus Ocymum. O. basilicum, a native of India, is much used in cookery, especially in France, and is known as sweet or common basil. Bush or lesser basil is O. minimum. The holy basil of India, O. sanctum, is considered sacred to Vishnu, and rosaries are made of its wood. For the wild, stone, or field basil of Europe, see basil-weed. In the United States the name is given to other aromatic labiates, especially to species of Pycnanthemum.
    • n basil A large cannon throwing a heavy shot. See basilisk, 4.
    • n basil An iron or fetter fastened round the ankle of a prisoner.
    • n basil A corruption of bezel.
    • n basil A corruption of basan.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Basil baz′il a mainly tropical or subtropical genus of Labiatæ, characterised by a pleasant aromatic smell and taste, and reckoned amongst sweet herbs
    • n Basil baz′il a sheepskin roughly tanned and undressed.
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Corrupt. from E. basan, F. basane, LL. basanium, bazana, fr. Ar. bithāna, prop., lining


In literature:

Basil also was interested in the explanations given by his brother.
"Popular Adventure Tales" by Mayne Reid
He followed in Basil's footsteps, and came at length to the foot of a dwarf oak.
"Sea-Dogs All!" by Tom Bevan
Where did you ever hear of basil?
"The Branding Iron" by Katharine Newlin Burt
Basil Hall was really quite right in depreciating the general character of the scenery.
"The Life of Charles Dickens, Vol. I-III, Complete" by John Forster
For all these reasons, I have made "Basil's" acquaintance with great gratification, and entertain a high respect for him.
"The Letters of Charles Dickens" by Charles Dickens
For further proof, let people only read the details Captain Basil Hall gave Murray of his intercourse with Byron.
"My Recollections of Lord Byron" by Teresa Guiccioli
Basil went as a day-scholar to a very good private school at Tarnworth, the little country town two miles off.
"A Christmas Posy" by Mary Louisa Stewart Molesworth
He was much comforted by a vision of his old prior Basil, who had some days before migrated to God.
"Hugh, Bishop of Lincoln" by Charles L. Marson
And if he, Basil the eunuch, was her confederate in those precautions, then how very close it must draw him to her.
"The Last of the Legions and Other Tales of Long Ago" by Arthur Conan Doyle
That is till Cecilia Lester married Basil Percy.
"Antony Gray,--Gardener" by Leslie Moore

In poetry:

But one drear night the stars withdrew
As Basil reach'd his shed ;
The drifting torrent rattled rude
On the creaking rafts of shatter'd wood,
That stretch'd above his head.
"Basil" by Anne Bannerman
Basil had heard the mountain storm
And the winter tempest beat;
Night after night he had slept, when shut, Alone, within that rocking hut,
With the snow-wreaths at his feet;
"Basil" by Anne Bannerman
Poor Basil wrench'd the feeble bar
To leave that dreary shed,
'Twas all too narrow for his flight,
And it robb'd his starting eyes of sight, That he must cross the dead ....
"Basil" by Anne Bannerman
Dave was the man to sell the shot and shell,
And Basil was the Greek that rode around
On sea and land, with all convenience found
To sell, to sell, to sell, that's it, to SELL
"Alf’s Ninth Bit" by Ezra Pound
THE sobbings of the ocean waves
Were all the notes that Basil knew;
He lov'd them since his ear could dwell
With gladness on their first low swell,
When the soft south-wind blew:
"Basil" by Anne Bannerman
The rude sea-boy was all the name
That every tongue to Basil gave;
The rude sea wind had marr'd his face,
But his heart !...'twas Pity's resting place.
And he sung dirges for the dead,
In music like the mournful wave:
"Basil" by Anne Bannerman

In news:

Sweet Basil Deli & Catering Co. Search in site.
The Shopping Show has a SWEET deal on certificates for Sweet Basil Deli & Catering Co. Purchase a $10 value coupon for $6.
Sweet Basil Gourmetware and Cooking School Inc. Shopping & Services.
Basil Plumley stirred up more feelings -- particularly my one-word description of the Patriot Guard Riders.
Carrie Dove, owner of Carrie Dove Catering in the Bay Area, uses tarragon to flavor crispy croutons for this velvety, fresh-tasting tomato soup (basil or sage would also be delicious).
Thales has received a contract from construction firm Basil Read to install air traffic management (ATM) equipment and solutions for a new airport being built on St Helena Island in the South Atlantic Ocean.
Melt butter in a baking pan and place fish in and sprinkle with garlic, basil, salt and pepper (to taste).
Basil 1 c. Celery, chopped 1 c. Carrots, chopped 2 c.
Third visit is the charm for basil fried rice with chicken and pad Thai.
Torture by Edward Peters Basil Blackwell, 202 pp.
) can Italian diced tomatoes with basil, garlic and oregano 1 c. Instant rice 1 c. Chopped parsley 8 oz.
Usury and Law in Early Modern England by Norman Jones Basil Blackwell, 217 pp.
Fresh basil, minced 1 large egg.
From the expected (Orange Beef) to the unexpected (Frog Leg Basil), there's something tasty for everyone.

In science:

David Bohm and Basil Hiley, for example, have been very explicit when writing “it is quite possible that quantum nonlocal connections might be propagated, not at infinite speeds, but at speeds very much greater than that of light.
Quantum correlations in Newtonian space and time: arbitrarily fast communication or nonlocality
Lockwood, M. (1989): Mind, Brain and the Quantum: The Compound ’I’ (Basil Blackwood, Oxford).
Decoherence: Basic Concepts and Their Interpretation
All animals were tested for spontaneous locomotor activity in an automated activity meter (Model 7401, Ugo Basile, Varese, Italy).
The highly selective cyclooxygenase-2 inhibitor DFU is neuroprotective when given several hours after transient cerebral ischemia in gerbils
Aleman-Meza, B. et al. Semantic Analytics on Social Networks: Experiences in Addressing the Problem of Conflict of Interest Detection. Proceedings of the World Wide Web 2006, ACM Press, 2006 Ferilli S., N. Di Mauro, T.M.A. Basile, F. Esposito, M. Biba. Automatic Topics Identification for Reviewer Assignment.
Architecture of a Conference Management System Providing Advanced Paper Assignment Features
Basile, “Integrating tags in a semantic content-based recommender,” in Proceedings of the 2008 ACM conference on Recommender systems, ser.
User Taglines: Alternative Presentations of Expertise and Interest in Social Media