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noun (1)

bast·​er ˈbā-stər How to pronounce baster (audio)
: one that bastes food during cooking
Costco is the U.S.'s biggest seller of fine wines ($600 million a year) and baster of poultry (55,000 rotisserie chickens a day).John Helyar
especially : a utensil that consists of a tube with a bulb at one end that draws in and ejects liquid for basting food
a turkey baster
Let them marinate for about 1 hour, using a bulb baster to saturate the meat from time to time. Evan Jones


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noun (2)

: one who bastes garments or other articles : one who sews something with long, loose stitches
Basters place parts in position and fasten them by hand with coarse running stitches, generally making only a temporary fastening.Royal Meeker

Examples of baster in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web
Wilson has some recommendations: eye droplets or a food baster, a variety of spoons or measuring cups, squirt bottles, sponges, scrub brushes, dolls, toy cars, and bath toys. Nicole Harris, Parents, 6 June 2023 The researchers tested the aggressiveness of the Joro, which was first spotted in Alabama last year, by blasting the spider and 10 other species with two small puffs of air from a turkey baster. Dennis Pillion |, al, 26 Jan. 2023 Use a turkey baster to suck up excess water from the saucer after watering or incorporate a plastic drip tray underneath the planter. Alyssa Gautieri,, 9 May 2023 Make sure all four bleeder bolts at the wheels turn readily, then use a turkey baster to suck old brake fluid out of the reservoir. Clean the reservoir and fill to the brim with fresh fluid. Michael Stillwell, Popular Mechanics, 27 Mar. 2023 Look out for a raki still that looks like an enormous turkey baster, with a bulb made from copper and a long metal nozzle attached. Lisa Morrow, CNN, 31 Jan. 2023 The missing baster, the unthawed poultry, the cranberry relish stains — be thankful for it all. Kevin Fisher-Paulson, San Francisco Chronicle, 23 Nov. 2021 McPherson spent the next seventeen days being subjected to church remedies, such as doses of vitamins and attempts to feed her with a turkey baster. Elizabeth Kolbert, The New Yorker, 9 Aug. 2021 Suction up any water in the saucer with a turkey baster to prevent a soggy bottom and root rot. Marie Viljoen, Better Homes & Gardens, 19 Mar. 2021 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

Noun (1)

1525, in the meaning defined above

Noun (2)

1846, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of baster was in 1525

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Cite this Entry

“Baster.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Dec. 2023.

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