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noun (1)

bast·​ing ˈbā-stiŋ How to pronounce basting (audio)
: the action of a sewer who bastes
: the thread used in basting
: the stitching made by basting


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noun (2)

: the action of one that bastes food
: the liquid used in basting


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noun (3)

: a severe beating

Examples of basting in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web
On the table There are few game dishes equal in excellence to that of a whole canvasback stuffed with wild rice dressing and slow-roasted with frequent basting. M.d. Johnson, Field & Stream, 8 Nov. 2023 If your kitchen has extra drawer space, tuck things like a grate scraper and basting brush away when not in use. Mary Cornetta, Better Homes & Gardens, 2 Aug. 2023 To buy: Oxo Grilling Prep and Carry System $40; All-Clad BBQ Tool Set Made from All-Clad’s signature heavy-gauge stainless steel, this barbecue tool set comes with a slotted turner for flipping burgers; a two-prong fork; locking, scalloped tongs; and a boar-bristle basting brush. Phoebe Sklansky, Parents, 7 June 2023 Step 3Measure 1/2 cup soy sauce mixture into a small bowl, and reserve for basting. People Staff,, 30 July 2022 Frying and butter basting? Karla Walsh, Better Homes & Gardens, 26 Sep. 2022 Brush the excess flour from the dough with a pastry or basting brush so the pastry will properly adhere. Tribune News Service, cleveland, 8 Nov. 2021 The star of the oceanic bibimbap is sweet king crab, steamed and grilled over binchotan charcoal, with a basting of doenjang (miso) butter. Caroline Hatchett, Robb Report, 7 Feb. 2023 Turkeys, hams and rib roasts require hours in the oven and sometimes demand basting or glazing. Genevieve Ko, New York Times, 15 Dec. 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

Noun (1)

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun (2)

1530, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun (3)

1599, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of basting was in the 15th century

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“Basting.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Feb. 2024.

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