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Basin, Basing, Bason, n. Also: basine, -yn(e, -ynne, -en, -ein, bassin(e, -yn(e, -en(e, baisine, -ein, baissin(e, -ein; basyng, baseing, bassing, -yng, baising, baissing, bessing; basson, baissone, -oune, [ME. basin, basyn, bacin(e, bacyn(e, bascin (c 1220), OF. bacin (F. bassin); also ME. basson, e.m.E. bason.] A basin; a basinful.(a) a1400 Leg. S. xxii. 292.
A bassyne … of vatir
1421 Douglas Chart. 57.
A basyne and a lawer of siluer
1457 Peebles B. Rec. 119.
A bassyn and a lauar
1479 Acta Aud. 87/2.
A bassin & ane ewar of siluer ouergilt
a1500 Prestis Peblis 206.
His handis he wosche in a siluer basyn
1507 Dunferm. B. Rec. 163.
A treyn bassyne of vj quartis
1529 Antiq. Aberd. & B. IV. 230.
Ane wesching towell … with basyne and laware of siluir
1549 Compl. 129/24.
Gif ane cirurgyen vald drau part of there blude in ane bassyn
Ib. 145/9.
To vasche ther handis … in the bassine
1562-3 Winȝet I. 84/5.
In ony prophane basin [MS. baisine]
1560 Rolland Seven S. 322/32.
His father come with ane siluer basine [: to dine]
1615 Haddington Mem. II. 289.
Ane siluer baissin and ane lawer
1648 Linlithgow Pal. 332.
Ane tine bassine
(b) 14.. Acts I. 44/2.
A basing, a lawar
1472 Treas. Acc. I. 37.
To by ij bassingis for hir chalmire
1488 Ib. 83.
Twa grete bassingis ouregilt
1489 Ib. 111.
For a bassing to wessche the kingis feyt in
a1500 Seven S. 2585.
Ȝe sall me the basyng hald
1531 Bell. Boece I. 232.
Hergest dotat this kirk with cowpis, challicis, basingis, lawaris
1562 Will Agnes Betoun 225.
Twa bassings of tree
1574 Cart. S. Nich. Aberd. 384.
The standart that holdis the bassing on the pulpett
1572-5 Diurn. Occurr. 103.
The basing and the lawar [borne] be the lord Ross
1587-99 Hume vii. 43; Ib. 128.
Lawers in rank and siluer baissings shine
1605 Ellon Presb. 16.
Clothes and bassing and tasses [for the sacrament]
(c) 1610 Hist. Kinloss A. p. xii.
Ane gilt bassen and lawer
c 1614 Mun. Univ. Glasg. III. 523.
Ane brasen basein
1648 15th Rep. Hist. MSS. App. ix. 43.
A silver baissein
c1650 Spalding I. 34.
Ane bassein all of gold, estimat to fyve thousand merkis
1657 Montgomery Mem. 320.
Ane gilt silver bassen with ane laiver
(d) 1612 Bk. Rates 288.
Bassonis of latten
1617 Thanes of Cawdor 241.
Ane great silver baissone
1633 Stirlings of Keir 448.
Ane silver baisoune

b. In allusions to customs on certain days. (Cf. Basin-silver.) 1489 Treas. Acc. I. 103.
To George of Dowglas, for the Kingis rawarde on Vphaly da, to his basing, vj demys
1532 Ib. VI. 39.
For the doune putting of thare bassyngis at New Ȝear Daye, Uphalymes and Pasche
1581–2 Elgin Rec. I. 164.
Ihone Annand … and Villiam Gibson … becom souerteis for Marjory Cuming … that scho in na times to cum sall ring bessingis … vpon Vphelly ewin
1593 Roxburghe MSS. 41.
[The act] dischairging alsoe pasche playis, tymmer wychtis, banefyris, and ringing of baisingis

c. Attrib. with claith, pan, towel. 1568 Edinb. Test. I. 148 b.
Ane basing towall of dornik
Ib. 169.
Ane basing claith sewit with blew threid
1596 Ib. XXIX. 320 b.
Thre bassene paneis
1598 Edinb. B. Rec. V. 236.
Aucht basing claithis to cover the breid
1605 Edinb. Test. XL. 269.
Ane basing towall of lynning
1648 Ib. LXIV. 82.
Certane linings consisting of scheitts, boord cloaths, ... mouth cloaths, baissing cloaths, and vtheris

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