- sewing with long, loose stitches to hold material in place until the final sewing.
- bastings, the stitches taken or the threads used.
Origin of basting1
- the act of moistening food while cooking, especially with stock or pan juices.
- the liquid used in basting.
Origin of basting2
- to sew with long, loose stitches, as in temporarily tacking together pieces of a garment while it is being made.
Origin of baste1
- to moisten (meat or other food) while cooking, with drippings, butter, etc.
- liquid used to moisten and flavor food during cooking: a baste of sherry and pan juices.
Origin of baste2
- to beat with a stick; thrash; cudgel.
- to denounce or scold vigorously: an editorial basting the candidate for irresponsible statements.
Origin of baste3
Related Wordsgrease, season, drip, lard, catch, fasten, tack, stitch, blister, drub, beat, pelt, trounce, scold, clobber, berate, club, revile, batter, lambaste
Examples from the Web for basting
Oxo Basting Brush Basting brushes have become rather a problem in recent years.The 2012 Holiday Kitchen Gift Guide
December 13, 2012
They may he stuffed with force-meat and roasted, basting them with butter.Directions for Cookery, in its Various Branches
Roast them carefully from twenty to thirty minutes, basting constantly.The Skilful Cook
When the first basting is dry, baste it again, and repeat this till the bird is nicely crusted over, and sufficiently done.
Alice was cutting and pinning and basting seams at the other end of the table.The Hound From The North
A little door at the back could be opened for convenience in basting the roast.Home Life in Colonial Days
Alice Morse Earle
- loose temporary stitches; tacking
- sewing with such stitches
- (tr) to sew with loose temporary stitches
- to moisten (meat) during cooking with hot fat and the juices produced
- (tr) to beat thoroughly; thrash
Word Origin and History for basting
"sew together loosely," c.1400, from Old French bastir "build, construct, sew up (a garment), baste, make, prepare, arrange" (12c., Modern French bâtir "to build"), probably from a Germanic source, from Proto-Germanic *bastjan "join together with bast" (cf. Old High German besten; see bast).
"to soak in gravy, moisten," late 14c., of unknown origin, possibly from Old French basser "to moisten, soak," from bassin "basin" (see basin). Related: Basted; basting.