from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A sweet baked food made of flour, liquid, eggs, and other ingredients, such as raising agents and flavorings.
- n. A flat rounded mass of dough or batter, such as a pancake that is baked or fried.
- n. A flat rounded mass of hashed or chopped food that is baked or fried; a patty.
- n. A shaped or molded piece, as of soap or ice.
- n. A layer or deposit of compacted matter: a cake of grime in the oven.
- transitive v. To cover or fill with a thick layer, as of compacted matter: a miner whose face was caked with soot.
- intransitive v. To become formed into a compact or crusty mass: As temperatures dropped, the wet snow caked.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A rich, sweet dessert food, typically made of flour, sugar, and eggs and baked in an oven, and often covered in icing.
- n. A block of any of various dense materials.
- n. A trivially easy task or responsibility; from a piece of cake.
- n. Money.
- v. Coat (something) with a crust of solid material.
- v. To cackle like a goose.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A small mass of dough baked; especially, a thin loaf from unleavened dough.
- n. A sweetened composition of flour and other ingredients, leavened or unleavened, baked in a loaf or mass of any size or shape.
- n. A thin wafer-shaped mass of fried batter; a griddlecake or pancake; as buckwheat cakes.
- n. A mass of matter concreted, congealed, or molded into a solid mass of any form, esp. into a form rather flat than high.
- intransitive v. To form into a cake, or mass.
- intransitive v. To concrete or consolidate into a hard mass, as dough in an oven; to coagulate.
- intransitive v. To cackle as a goose.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A flat or comparatively thin mass of baked dough; a thin loaf of bread.
- n. Specifically A light composition of flour, sugar, butter, and generally other ingredients, as eggs, flavoring substances, fruit, etc., baked in any form; distinctively, a flat or thin portion of dough so prepared and separately baked.
- n. In Scotland, specifically, an oatmeal cake, rolled thin and baked hard on a griddle.
- n. A small portion of batter fried on a griddle; a pancake or griddle-cake: as, buckwheat cakes.
- n. Oil-cake used for feeding cattle or as a fertilizer.
- n. Something made or concreted in the distinctive form of a cake; a mass of solid matter relatively thin and extended: as, a cake of soap.
- To form into a cake or compact mass.
- To concrete or become formed into a hard mass.
- To cackle, as geese.
- n. A stupid fellow; a noodle.
- n. A good thing; a dainty or delicacy, as in the phrase ‘cakes and ale’.
- n. A rich cake glazed and filled with nuts.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a block of solid substance (such as soap or wax)
- n. baked goods made from or based on a mixture of flour, sugar, eggs, and fat
- n. small flat mass of chopped food
- v. form a coat over
Middle English, from Old Norse kaka.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle English cake, from Old Norse kaka ("cake") (compare Norwegian kake, Icelandic/Swedish kaka, Danish kage), from Proto-Germanic *kakōn (“cake”), from Proto-Indo-European *gog (“ball-shaped object”) (compare Romanian gogoașă ("doughnut") and gogă ("walnut, nut"); Lithuanian gúoge ("head of cabbage"). Related to cookie. (Wiktionary)