Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • intransitive verb To cook (food) with dry heat, especially in an oven.
  • intransitive verb To harden or dry (something) by subjecting to heat in or as if in an oven.
  • intransitive verb To cook food with dry heat.
  • intransitive verb To become hardened or dry by or as if by having been subjected to the heat of an oven.
  • noun The act or process of baking.
  • noun An amount baked.
  • noun A social gathering at which food is cooked by baking and then served.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A baking.
  • To cook by dry heat in a closed place, such as an oven: primarily used of this manner of cooking bread, but afterward applied to potatoes, apples, etc., and also flesh and fish: to be distinguished from roast (which see).
  • To harden by heat, either in an oven, kiln, or furnace, or by the sun's heat: as, to bake bricks or pottery.
  • 3. To harden by cold.
  • To do the work of baking.
  • To undergo the process of baking.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • transitive verb To prepare, as food, by cooking in a dry heat, either in an oven or under coals, or on heated stone or metal.
  • transitive verb To dry or harden (anything) by subjecting to heat, .
  • transitive verb To harden by cold.
  • intransitive verb To do the work of baking something.
  • intransitive verb To be baked; to become dry and hard in heat.
  • noun The process, or result, of baking.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • verb transitive or intransitive To cook (something) in an oven.
  • verb transitive To dry by heat.
  • verb intransitive To prepare food by baking it.
  • verb intransitive To be baked to heating or drying.
  • verb intransitive, figuratively To be hot.
  • verb intransitive, slang To smoke marijuana.
  • noun UK, New Zealand Any of various baked dishes resembling casserole.
  • noun The act of cooking food by baking.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • verb be very hot, due to hot weather or exposure to the sun
  • verb heat by a natural force
  • verb prepare with dry heat in an oven
  • verb cook and make edible by putting in a hot oven

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[Middle English baken, from Old English bacan.]

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From Middle English baken, from Old English bacan ("to bake"), from Proto-Germanic *bakanan (“to bake”), from Proto-Indo-European *bʰōg- (“to roast, bake”). Cognate with Dutch bakken ("to bake"), German backen ("to bake"), Swedish baka ("to bake"), Ancient Greek φώγω (phōgō, "roast", v), Persian پختن (pokhtan, "to bake", v).

Examples

  • "since it's your duty to ostracize and bake, _ostracize_ and _bake_, and be done with your ridiculous fancies."

    The Earth Trembled

  • KORMAN: Well, we had a team, a great team of photo editors from leading newspapers and magazines around the country, and on a daily basis, they would whittle it down, and at night, we would have what we call a bake off where the whole production team got together and voted on what images would make it to the next day.

    CNN Transcript May 16, 2003

  • As we had no oven, mother had what we called a bake kettle; this was a flat, low kettle, with a cast cover, the rim of which turned up an inch or two, to hold coals.

    The Bark Covered House

  • As we had no oven, mother had what we called a bake kettle; this was a flat, low kettle, with a cast cover, the rim of which turned up an inch or two, to hold coals.

    The Bark Covered House

  • The bake is something a bit like baked rice pudding, made with heart-healthy oatmeal that is baked in a casserole dish with cottage cheese, milk, eggs, sugar and spices.

    Bites from other Blogs | Baking Bites

  • I (gasp) think the Tom Douglas salmon bake is a good idea.

    Homeless Group Says It Will Protest Salmon Bake « PubliCola

  • That would be awesome, I'm a newbie bread maker and would love to bake from a starter! jhanderson3272@gmail.com

    UPDATE ON: Who Wants a Starter for Amish Friendship Bread?

  • I think one of the reasons I don't bake is because I too love to "play with my ingredients."

    Recipe for Seafood and Vegetable Stew with Rouille (Red Pepper Sauce)

  • Just make sure you don't open the oven door until it's at least 30 minutes into the bake time - the low, long bake is key to the moisture.

    Archive 2009-05-01

  • Just make sure you don't open the oven door until it's at least 30 minutes into the bake time - the low, long bake is key to the moisture.

    Borrowed Baking

Comments

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  • Name of a dish/meal. Requires chunks of vegetable and starch (the default is potato), usually of protein, and seasoning or sauce. Traditionally topped with grated cheese before putting dish in the oven.

    December 15, 2006

  • A face (Belfast)

    July 26, 2011