Adjective "basking" definition and examples

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Definitions and examples


Lie exposed to warmth and light, typically from the sun, for relaxation and pleasure.
  1. 'the seals came ashore to breed and to bask'
  2. 'We could have said we were heading down to the pool, which would account for the sun in which we were about to bask, but our parents could call there and have us paged… or worse, drop in and check on us.'
  3. 'The deep channel often had a strong current but we still persevered (maybe a little recklessly) and swam out to the sandbanks to join the seals who basked there.'
  4. 'It was in a 4ft tank with water, lighting and heating but there was no area where it could bask so it was forced to stay in the water all the time.'
  5. 'Finally, butterflies like some flat stones for basking or sunbathing to gather warmth for powering their wings.'
  6. 'Because the snakes bask, breed, and hibernate together, recognizing their relatives is a key advantage, especially for females'
  7. 'As such, you can customize a vacation that suits your needs - whether it's basking on the beach, sightseeing in an exotic place, or a family adventure to remember.'
  8. 'Reaching the South Atlantic coast, we head down the steep cliffs on foot to find a colony of elephant seals basking on the shore, a huge black male surrounded by a harem of smaller females, all in the process of moulting.'
  9. 'And by golly, all weekend long and for nearly the entirety of the coming week, we'll be basking underneath blue skies and 68-degree weather.'
  10. 'For instance, some offshore islands are nesting sites for birds, and seals also bask on some of the inner islands and mainland coves.'
  11. 'I basked for a while in the warmth, breathing deeply as my stresses drifted away.'
  12. 'The trade unions and employers will bask in the reflected glory of his sound stewardship.'
  13. 'As a gratifyingly sheepish look passed over my hairdresser's face, I basked in my brief moment of triumph.'
  14. 'All basked for precious moments in the attention and adulation.'
  15. 'Certainly all this is about the intrusion of modern fuss upon a place content to bask picturesquely in rural timelessness.'
  16. 'This two-hour show offers a venue for jazz lovers to bask in the appreciation of the music.'
  17. 'They provide the ambience in which the trendy newcomers bask.'
  18. 'Even as he basks in the glory of his school's achievement, he nurses a grudge.'
  19. 'But that doesn't mean that they shouldn't bask for a moment or two in the glow emanating from the accomplishments of the 14 to 18-year olds.'
  20. 'He basked in the reflected glory of being with the world's most photographed woman.'
  21. 'I was basking in the warm glow of appreciation when I realised my thumb was starting to throb.'

More definitions

1. to lie in or be exposed to a pleasant warmth: to bask in the sunshine.

2. to enjoy a pleasant situation: He basked in royal favor. verb (used with object)

3. Obsolete. to expose to warmth or heat.

More examples(as adjective)

"volumes can be basking."

"forms can be basking."


(bask)Late Middle English (originally in the sense ‘bathe’): perhaps related to Old Norse batha ‘bathe’.