Knock vs Baste - What's the difference?

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Knock is a related term of baste.

As nouns the difference between knock and baste

is that knock is an abrupt rapping sound, as from an impact of a hard object against wood while baste is .

As a verb knock

is (dated) to rap one's knuckles against something, especially wood.




(en noun)
  • An abrupt rapping sound, as from an impact of a hard object against wood
  • I heard a knock on my door.
  • An impact.
  • He took a knock on the head.
  • (figurative) criticism
  • * 2012 , Tom Lamont, How Mumford & Sons became the biggest band in the world'' (in ''The Daily Telegraph , 15 November 2012)[]
  • Since forming in 2007 Mumford & Sons have hard-toured their way to a vast market for throaty folk that's strong on banjo and bass drum. They have released two enormous albums. But, wow, do they take some knocks back home.
  • (cricket) a batsman's innings.
  • He played a slow but sure knock of 35.
  • (automotive) Preignition, a type of abnormal combustion occurring in spark ignition engines caused by self-ignition or the characteristic knocking sound associated with it.
  • Verb

    (en verb)
  • (dated) To rap one's knuckles against something, especially wood.
  • Knock on the door and find out if they're home.
  • (dated) To strike for admittance; to rap upon, as a door.
  • * Shakespeare
  • Master, knock the door hard.
  • (ambitransitive, dated) To bump or impact.
  • I knocked against the table and bruised my leg.
    I accidentally knocked my drink off the bar.
  • * 1900 , L. Frank Baum, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz Chapter 23
  • "The Silver Shoes," said the Good Witch, "have wonderful powers. And one of the most curious things about them is that they can carry you to any place in the world in three steps, and each step will be made in the wink of an eye. All you have to do is to knock the heels together three times and command the shoes to carry you wherever you wish to go."
  • (colloquial) To denigrate, undervalue.
  • Don't knock it until you've tried it.
  • (soccer) To pass, kick a ball towards another player.
  • * {{quote-news
  • , year=2011 , date=January 11 , author=Jonathan Stevenson , title=West Ham 2 - 1 Birmingham , work=BBC citation , page= , passage=Despite enjoying more than their fair share of possession the visitors did not look like creating anything, with their lack of a killer ball painfully obvious as they harmlessly knocked the ball around outside the home side's box without ever looking like they would hurt them. }}

    Derived terms

    * knock someone's block off * knock someone's socks off

    Derived terms

    * antiknock * knock about * knock around * knock down * knock for a loop * knock it off * knock knock * knock off / knockoff * knock oneself out * knock somebody's socks off * knock out / knockout * knock over * knock up * knocked up * knocker * knocker up * knocking shop * school of hard knocks English onomatopoeias 1000 English basic words



    Etymology 1

    From (etyl) .


  • To sew with long or loose stitches, as for temporary use, or in preparation for gathering the fabric.
  • * {{quote-news, year=1991, date=June 14, author=J.F. Pirro, title=Custom Work, work=Chicago Reader citation
  • , passage=He bastes the coat together with thick white thread almost like string, using stitches big enough to be ripped out easily later. }}

    Etymology 2



  • To sprinkle flour and salt and drip butter or fat on, as on meat in roasting.
  • (by extension) To coat over something
  • * {{quote-news, year=2001, date=April 20, author=Peter Margasak, title=Almost Famous, work=Chicago Reader citation
  • , passage=Ice Cold Daydream" bastes the bayou funk of the Meters in swirling psychedelia, while "Sweet Thang," a swampy blues cowritten with his dad, sounds like something from Dr. John's "Night Tripper" phase. }}
  • To mark (sheep, etc.) with tar.
  • Etymology 3

    Perhaps from the cookery sense of baste or from some Scandinavian source. Compare (etyl) (whence (etyl) ). Compare also (etyl) and (etyl)


  • To beat with a stick; to cudgel.
  • * Samuel Pepys
  • One man was basted by the keeper for carrying some people over on his back through the waters.


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