Baste

Baste

, v. t. [OE. basten, OF. bastir, F. btir, prob. fr. OHG. bestan to sew, MHG. besten to bind, fr. OHG. bast bast. See Bast.] To sew loosely, or with long stitches; -- usually, that the work may be held in position until sewed more firmly. Shak.
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Bas*tile"

Bas*tille"

} (bs*tl" or bs"tl; 277), n. [F. bastille fortress, OF. bastir to build, F. btir.]
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1. (Feud. Fort.) A tower or an elevated work, used for the defense, or in the siege, of a fortified place.
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The high bastiles . . . which overtopped the walls.
Holland.
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2. "The Bastille", formerly a castle or fortress in Paris, used as a prison, especially for political offenders; hence, a rhetorical name for a prison.
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