from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- transitive v. To sew loosely with large running stitches so as to hold together temporarily.
- transitive v. To moisten (meat, for example) periodically with a liquid, such as melted butter or a sauce, especially while cooking.
- transitive v. To beat vigorously; thrash. See Synonyms at beat.
- transitive v. To lambaste.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. To sew with wide stitches.
- v. To sprinkle flour and salt and drip butter or fat on, as on meat in roasting.
- v. To coat over something
- v. To beat.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- transitive v. To beat with a stick; to cudgel.
- transitive v. To sprinkle flour and salt and drip butter or fat on, as on meat in roasting.
- transitive v. To mark with tar, as sheep.
- transitive v. To sew loosely, or with long stitches; -- usually, that the work may be held in position until sewed more firmly.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To beat with a stick; thrash; cudgel.
- To moisten (meat that is being roasted or baked) with melted fat, gravy, etc., to improve the flavor or prevent burning.
- To mark (sheep) with tar.
- 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. In card-playing, same as beast, 7.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. strike violently and repeatedly
- n. a loose temporary sewing stitch to hold layers of fabric together
- v. sew together loosely, with large stitches
- v. cover with liquid before cooking
Middle English basten, from Old French bastir, of Germanic origin.
Middle English basten.
Probably of Scandinavian origin; akin to Old Norse beysta; see bhau- in Indo-European roots.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Old French bastir ("build, construct, sew up (a garment)"). (Wiktionary)
Unknown, possibly from Old French basser ("moisten, soak"). (Wiktionary)
Perhaps from the cookery sense of baste or from some Scandinavian source. Compare Old Norse beysta ("to beat, thresh") (whence Danish børste ("to beat up")) (Wiktionary)