basset

basset

1 [bas-it]
noun
one of a breed of hounds having short legs, long body and ears, and usually a black, tan, and white coat.
Also called basset hound.


Origin:
1610–20; < French: noun use of adj. basset of low stature (bass- low (see base2) + -et attenuating suffix; see -et)

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basset

2 [bas-it] Geology, Mining.
noun
1.
an outcrop, as of the edges of strata.
verb (used without object), basseted, basseting.
2.
to crop out.

Origin:
1680–90; apparently < obsolete French basset low stool, noun use of adj. basset. See basset1

basset

3 [bas-it]
noun
an 18th-century card game similar to faro.

Origin:
1635–45; < French bassette < Italian bassetta, noun use of feminine of bassetto somewhat low; so called because the game is played with low cards. See basset1

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basset1 (ˈbæsɪt)
 
n
Also called: basset hound a long low smooth-haired breed of hound with short strong legs and long ears
 
[C17: from French, from basset short, from bas low; see base²]

basset2 (ˈbæsɪt)
 
vb, —n , -sets, -seting, -seted
a rare word for outcrop
 
[C17: perhaps from French: low stool, see basset1]

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basset
"short-legged dog," 1610s, from Fr. basset, from O.Fr. bas "low" (see base (adj.)) + dim. suffix.
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