The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Taste \Taste\ (t[=a]st), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Tasted; p. pr. &
vb. n. Tasting.] [OE. tasten to feel, to taste, OF. taster,
F. tater to feel, to try by the touch, to try, to taste,
(assumed) LL. taxitare, fr. L. taxare to touch sharply, to
estimate. See Tax, v. t.]
1. To try by the touch; to handle; as, to taste a bow. [Obs.]
Taste it well and stone thou shalt it find.
2. To try by the touch of the tongue; to perceive the relish
or flavor of (anything) by taking a small quantity into a
mouth. Also used figuratively.
When the ruler of the feast had tasted the water
that was made wine. --John ii. 9.
When Commodus had once tasted human blood, he became
incapable of pity or remorse. --Gibbon.
3. To try by eating a little; to eat a small quantity of.
I tasted a little of this honey. --1 Sam. xiv.
4. To become acquainted with by actual trial; to essay; to
experience; to undergo.
He . . . should taste death for every man. --Heb.
5. To partake of; to participate in; -- usually with an
implied sense of relish or pleasure.
Thou . . . wilt taste
No pleasure, though in pleasure, solitary. --Milton.