American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A small ring-shaped cake made of rich, light dough that is fried in deep fat. Also called regionally olicook.
- n. Something whose form is reminiscent of a ring-shaped cake.
- n. A fast, tight 360° turn made in a motor vehicle or motorized boat.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A small spongy cake made of dough (usually sweetened and spiced) and fried in lard.
- n. A deep-fried piece of dough or batter, commonly of a toroidal (a ring doughnut) often mixed with various sweeteners and flavourings; or flattened sphere (a filled doughnut) shape filled with jam, custard or cream.
- n. Anything in the shape of a torus.
- n. North America A peel-out or skid mark in the shape of a circle; a 360-degree skid.
- n. A spare car tyre, usually stored in the boot, that is smaller than a full sized tyre and is only intended for temporary use.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. A small cake (usually sweetened) fried in a kettle of boiling lard.
- n. a toroidal shape
- n. a small ring-shaped friedcake
- dough + nut, 1809. Originally small, nut-sized balls of fried dough, with the toroidal shape becoming common in the twentieth century. First attested in Knickerbocker’s History of New York, by Washington Irving, 1809. (Wiktionary)
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