Pour juices or melted fat over (meat) during cooking in order to keep it moist.
- Always heat your marinades before basting meat or poultry.
- Mop sauce gets its name from a utensil similar to a small string mop that the chuck wagon cook would use to baste meats, literally mopping on the sauce while cooking.
- You want to look for a brisket with the most fat, because it protects and bastes the meat naturally.
late 15th century: of unknown origin.
verb[with object] Needlework
Tack with long, loose stitches in preparation for sewing.
- Turn the lining inside out to enclose seams and baste the lining loose edges to the suit front at the leg openings, neckline and armholes.
- The ribs have a tendency to slip, so pin or baste well prior to stitching the seams.
- Substitute basting tape or basting-adhesive glue stick for basting stitches whenever practical, even for holding zippers in place.
verb[with object] informal dated
Beat (someone) soundly; thrash: go baste him one!
More example sentences
- If she had had an umbrella she would have basted him over the head with it.
- They basted him for his labour, kept him prisoner.
- He was more mortified at that, than the feeling of the pain and he did not moan no matter how hard they basted him.
mid 16th century: perhaps a figurative use of baste1.