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BAS'IL, noun s as z. The slope or angle of a tool or instrument as of a chisel or plane; usually of 12 degrees, but for hard wood, 18 degrees.

BAS'IL, verb transitive To grind or form the edge of a tool to an angle.

BAS'IL, noun s as z.

1. A plant of the genus Ocymum, of which there are many species, all natives of warm climates. They are fragrant aromatic plants, and one species, the sweet basil is much used in cookery, especially in France.

BAS'IL, noun The skin of a sheep tanned; written also basan.