Definitions

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. An apparatus for turning the spit on which meat is roasted before an open fire. See smoke-jack.

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Examples

  • Power unknown to me, hazily called “The Trade,” that a brass coal-scuttle, a roasting-jack, and a birdcage, were obliged to be put into it to make a Lot of it, and then it went for a song.

    The Haunted House

  • My own little bed was so superciliously looked upon by a Power unknown to me, hazily called “The Trade,” that a brass coal-scuttle, a roasting-jack, and a birdcage, were obliged to be put into it to make a Lot of it, and then it went for a song.

    The Haunted House by Charles Dickens | Solar Flare: Science Fiction News

  • I once had my own fancies, but I think they must have been sweat out of me in my constancy to my brothers 'oven-grate and roasting-jack.

    Gilian The Dreamer His Fancy, His Love and Adventure

  • The roasting-jack, with a wind-up weight by which the spit was turned, cut him out first of all; other inventions further diminished his importance.

    The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 04, No. 25, November, 1859

  • But as he passed behind the settle, Harriet saw him unwind the chain and drop it unobtrusively into the drain-pipe, setting the roasting-jack upright against the wall.

    Busman's Honeymoon

  • ‘Thank you, my lord,’ said Mr Bunter, woodenly, stooping his neck to the chain and meekly receiving the roasting-jack in his right hand.

    Busman's Honeymoon

  • "And me just home from Plymouth with a fine new roasting-jack!" chimed in Mrs. Polwhele.

    News from the Duchy

  • But never a spade or pick, never a roasting-jack or flat-iron, never a string of beads or a mirror for barter with natives was to be found in all those boxes.

    Marjorie

  • Nowhere at club or restaurant, with rare exceptions, can you obtain meat roasted in the old-fashioned way on a roasting-jack, carefully "basted" during the process, and served when exactly cooked to a turn.

    More Science From an Easy Chair

  • We have to secure an ancient roasting-jack and a large clear fire in our own kitchen, and to instruct our cook -- since no woman has taught her what she ought to know -- in the art of roasting and grilling, in the preparation of

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