|—n , pl -does|
|1.||punishment or torture in which the soles of the feet are beaten with a stick|
|2.||a blow or beating with a stick|
|3.||a stick; cudgel|
|—vb , -does, -does, -doing, -doed|
|4.||to beat (a person) on the soles of the feet|
|[C16: from Spanish bastonada, from baston stick, from Late Latin bastum see |
beating, a mode of punishment common in the East. It is referred to by "the rod of correction" (Prov. 22:15), "scourging" (Lev. 19:20), "chastising" (Deut. 22:18). The number of blows could not exceed forty (Deut. 25:2, 3).