from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. The act or process of confecting or the result of it: "These sentiments are not the confection of a consummate courtroom actor” ( Ron Rosenbaum).
- n. A sweet preparation, such as candy.
- n. A sweetened medicinal compound; an electuary.
- n. A piece displaying splendid craft, skill, and work: The gown was a confection of satin and appliqué.
- transitive v. To make into a confection.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A food item prepared very sweet, frequently decorated in fine detail, and often preserved with sugar, such as a candy, sweetmeat, fruit preserve, pastry, cake or the like.
- n. The act or process of confecting; the process of making, compounding, or preparing something.
- n. The result of such a process; something made up or confected; a concoction.
- n. An artistic, musical, or literary work taken as frivolous, amusing, or contrived; a composition of a light nature.
- n. Something, such as a garment or a decoration, seen as very elaborate, delicate, or luxurious, usually also seen as impractical or non-utilitarian.
- n. A preparation of medicine sweetened with sugar, honey, syrup, or the like; an electuary.
- v. To make into a confection, prepare as a confection.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A composition of different materials.
- n. A preparation of fruits or roots, etc., with sugar; a sweetmeat.
- n. A composition of drugs.
- n. A soft solid made by incorporating a medicinal substance or substances with sugar, sirup, or honey.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The art or act of confecting or compounding different substances into one preparation: as, the confection of sweetmeats.
- n. A composition or mixture, as of drugs, etc.; a preparation to be eaten or imbibed.
- n. Something prepared or preserved with sugar or syrup.
- n. In pharmacy, a preparation, in the form of a soft solid, in which one or more medicinal substances are incorporated with saccharine matter, with a view to their preservation or for more convenient administration.
- n. [F.] A ready-made garment, as a mantle, wrap, fichu, etc., for women's wear, often of several materials, and always more or less elaborate and elegant: as, Madame A—has returned with a choice assortment of confections.
- To prepare for use with sugar or syrup; compound.
- To make up (elaborate articles of female attire).
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. make into a confection
- n. the act of creating something (a medicine or drink or soup etc.) by compounding or mixing a variety of components
- n. a food rich in sugar
Attested since 1345, from French confection, from Old French confeccion, from Latin confectionem (nominative confectio), from confectus, past participle of conficere ("to prepare"), from com- ("with") + facere ("to make, do"). Originally "the making by means of ingredients"; sense of "candy or light pastry" predominant since 1500's. (Wiktionary)