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EnglishEdit

 
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EtymologyEdit

From Middle English bast, from Old English bæst (bast, inner bark of trees from which ropes were made), from Proto-Germanic *bastaz (bast, rope) (compare the Swedish bast, Dutch bast, German Bast), perhaps an alteration of Proto-Indo-European *bʰask-, *bʰasḱ- (bundle) (compare Middle Irish basc (necklace), Latin fascis (bundle), Albanian bashkë (tied, linked)).

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bast (countable and uncountable, plural basts)

  1. Fibre made from the phloem of certain plants and used for matting and cord.
    • 1918, W. B. Maxwell, chapter 19, in The Mirror and the Lamp:
      At the far end of the houses the head gardener stood waiting for his mistress, and he gave her strips of bass to tie up her nosegay. This she did slowly and laboriously, with knuckly old fingers that shook.
    • 1919, Ronald Firbank, Valmouth, Duckworth, hardback edition, page 87
      I thought I saw Him in the Long Walk there, by the bed of Nelly Roche, tending a fallen flower with a wisp of bast.
    • 1997: ‘Egil's Saga’, tr. Bernard Scudder, The Sagas of Icelanders, Penguin 2001, page 145
      He had taken along a long bast rope in his sleigh, since it was the custom on longer journeys to have a spare rope in case the reins needed mending.

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bast c (singular definite basten, not used in plural form)

  1. bast
  2. raffia

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DutchEdit

PronunciationEdit

  • IPA(key): /bɑst/
  • (file)
  • Hyphenation: bast
  • Rhymes: -ɑst

Etymology 1Edit

From Middle Dutch bast. This etymology is incomplete. You can help Wiktionary by elaborating on the origins of this term.

NounEdit

bast f (plural basten, diminutive bastje n)

  1. A bark, as on a tree
  2. (figuratively) A skin, hide
    Hij liep in zijn blote bast rond.
    He walked around barechested.
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VerbEdit

bast

  1. second- and third-person singular present indicative of bassen
  2. (archaic) plural imperative of bassen

ReferencesEdit

  • M. J. Koenen & J. Endepols, Verklarend Handwoordenboek der Nederlandse Taal (tevens Vreemde-woordentolk), Groningen, Wolters-Noordhoff, 1969 (26th edition) [Dutch dictionary in Dutch]

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Etymology 1Edit

From Old Norse bast (bast, inner bark of trees from which ropes were made), from Proto-Germanic *bastaz (bast, rope), perhaps an alteration of Proto-Indo-European *bʰask-, *bʰasḱ- (bundle).

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bast n (genitive singular basts, uncountable)

  1. bast, raffia
  2. rope made of bast
DeclensionEdit
Declension of bast (singular only)
n3s singular
indefinite definite
nominative bast bastið
accusative bast bastið
dative basti bastinum
genitive basts bastsins

Etymology 2Edit

From the verb at basa.

VerbEdit

bast

  1. supine of basa

Middle EnglishEdit

Etymology 1Edit

Inherited from Old English bæst, from Proto-Germanic *bastaz.

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bast (plural bastes)

  1. A cord or cable manufactured using bast.
  2. (rare) Bast; fibre made from the phloem of plants.
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Etymology 2Edit

Borrowed from Old French bast (French bât).

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bast (uncountable)

  1. Illegitimacy; the state of being illegitimate.
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SwedishEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Old Swedish bast, from Old Norse bast, from Proto-Germanic *bastaz. Cognate with English bast and German Bast.

NounEdit

bast n

  1. bast (fibre material)

DeclensionEdit

Declension of bast 
Uncountable
Indefinite Definite
Nominative bast bastet
Genitive basts bastets

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Etymology 2Edit

Probably a borrowing from Romani bast (year).

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bast n

  1. year old
    Mina ungar är fem respektive tre bast.
    My kids are five and three years old respectively.

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