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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


  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


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