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The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Baste \Baste\ (b[=a]st), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Basted; p. pr. & vb. n. Basting.] [Cf. Icel. beysta to strike, powder; Sw. basa to beat with a rod: perh. akin to E. beat.] 1. To beat with a stick; to cudgel. [1913 Webster] One man was basted by the keeper for carrying some people over on his back through the waters. --Pepys. [1913 Webster] 2. (Cookery) To sprinkle flour and salt and drip butter or fat on, as on meat in roasting. [1913 Webster] 3. To mark with tar, as sheep. [Prov. Eng.] [1913 Webster]