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bate

[bāt]
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In tanning operations, any material used to remove lime from skins and to soften them prior to further processing.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of Scientific & Technical Terms, 6E, Copyright © 2003 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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Slat 'em off ag'in' the gunnel, an' bait up, Harve.
"We'll leave 'em to bait big an' catch small." He looked at the catch in the pen, and it was curious to see how little and level the fish ran.
"Bait up, Harve," said Dan, diving for a line on the reel.
When they're lousy it's a sign they've all been herdin' together by the thousand, and when they take the bait that way they're hungry.
"An' two young fellers I know'll bait up a tub or so o' trawl, while they're cleanin'," said Disko, lashing the wheel to his taste.
"Oh, Harve, don't ye want to slip down an' git's bait?"
That meant the boys would bait with selected offal of the cod as the fish were cleaned - an improvement on paddling barehanded in the little bait-barrels below.
--The best bait, as huntsmen and fishermen require it.
With my best bait shall I allure to myself to-day the strangest human fish!
The survivors then become extremely shy, and can scarcely be "brought to medicine," to use the trapper's phrase for "taking the bait." In such case, the trapper gives up the use of the bait, and conceals his traps in the usual paths and crossing places of the household.
He got out the fish lines and showed Saxon how to bait her hooks with salted minnows.
The fish was free of the hook, and she baited afresh and dropped the line over.