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baster1

[bey-ster]
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noun Sewing.
  1. a person or thing that bastes.
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Origin of baster1

First recorded in 1880–85; baste1 + -er1

baster2

[bey-ster]
noun
  1. a person who bastes meat or other food.
  2. a large glass, plastic, or metal tube with a rubber bulb at one end and a small opening at the other, to be filled with butter, drippings, etc., for basting food as it is cooking.
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Origin of baster2

First recorded in 1515–25; baste2 + -er1
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Examples from the Web for baster

Historical Examples

  • We owe to Baster the knowledge of a beautiful and large species, which inhabits the body of the halibut.

    Animal Parasites and Messmates

    P. J. Van Beneden

  • The fabric was held vertically by a baster plate in a manner similar to the Howe machine.

  • The length of each stitching operation depended upon the length of the baster plate, and the seams were necessarily straight.

  • When the end of the baster plate reached the position of the needle, the machine was stopped.

  • The cloth was removed from the baster plate, which was moved back to its original position.


Word Origin and History for baster

n.

1520s, "one who bastes meat," from baste (v.2); from 1726 as "heavy blow," from baste (v.3).

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Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper