baste

When cooks baste food, they brush or drizzle a savory liquid on it as it's cooking. If you baste your Thanksgiving turkey while it bakes, it will stay moist and tender.

A chef might baste grilled vegetables with their marinade, or baste roasting meat with its own oily drippings. The technique keeps food from drying out as it cooks. Another meaning of baste is "to sew loosely." You might quickly baste the hem of a curtain before stitching it securely in place. The origin of the culinary baste is a bit of a mystery, but the sewing term comes from the Old French bastir, "construct" or "sew up."

Primary Meanings of baste

1.
v
cover with liquid before cooking
2.
vn
sew together loosely, with large stitches
a loose temporary sewing stitch to hold layers of fabric together
3.
v
strike violently and repeatedly
Full Definitions of baste
1

v cover with liquid before cooking

baste a roast”
Type of:
dampen, moisten, wash
make moist
2

v sew together loosely, with large stitches

baste a hem”
Synonyms:
tack
Type of:
run up, sew, sew together, stitch
fasten by sewing; do needlework

n a loose temporary sewing stitch to hold layers of fabric together

Synonyms:
basting, basting stitch, tacking
Type of:
embroidery stitch, sewing stitch
a stitch made with thread and a threaded sewing needle through fabric or leather
3

v strike violently and repeatedly

Synonyms:
batter, clobber
Type of:
beat, beat up, work over
give a beating to; subject to a beating, either as a punishment or as an act of aggression

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