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a person or thing that bastes.
a person who bastes meat or other food.
a large glass, plastic, or metal tube with a rubber bulb at one end and a small opening at the other, to be filled with butter, drippings, etc., for basting food as it is cooking.
Historical Examples

The length of each stitching operation depended upon the length of the baster plate, and the seams were necessarily straight.
The Invention of the Sewing Machine Grace Rogers Cooper

The cloth was removed from the baster plate, which was moved back to its original position.
The Invention of the Sewing Machine Grace Rogers Cooper

The fabric was held vertically by a baster plate in a manner similar to the Howe machine.
The Invention of the Sewing Machine Grace Rogers Cooper

We owe to baster the knowledge of a beautiful and large species, which inhabits the body of the halibut.
Animal Parasites and Messmates P. J. Van Beneden

When the end of the baster plate reached the position of the needle, the machine was stopped.
The Invention of the Sewing Machine Grace Rogers Cooper


1520s, “one who bastes meat,” from baste (v.2); from 1726 as “heavy blow,” from baste (v.3).


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