from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. baked until hard.

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  • adj. baked until hard


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  • The sun was a merciless yellow eye glaring down at a landscape of rock, hard-baked Earth, the hardiest of scrub brushes and the most stubborn of life-forms.

    Starcraft II: Devils’ Due

  • Her hard-baked shoes were slippery, and her sodden knapsack seemed to weigh a ton.

    Scott Westerfeld: Uglies Quartet

  • In the summer the yard was hard-baked dirt, cracked into jigsaw patterns, and in the winter it was dark with mud and cold with frost.

    Blood Men

  • Soon only patches of dried grass, cactus, Texas persimmon, and scruffy mesquite punctuate the vast sweep of hard-baked red dirt.

    One Big Table

  • Ella had heard on the radio that morning that rainfall amounts were barely measurable and that what little rain there had been had fallen so quickly that it ran off before it could soak into the hard-baked ground.


  • The top screen shot, which led the on-line edition in the early afternoon, framed Obama's first political appointee, Rahm Emanuel (as well as Obama himself) as overly hard-baked, conniving and conspiratorial (even though their story yesterday emphasized how much Emanuel has smoothed out the rough edges over the years).

    Michael Shaw: Reading The Pictures: First Visual Swipe At Obama Administration

  • It seemed an unforgiving landscape, cactus and sage and hard-baked desert ground.

    The Triangle Conspiracy

  • Looking out over it, shading his eyes against the glare of the hard-baked dirt and rock, he spotted movement.

    Queen of Blades

  • Under normal circumstances the hard-baked desert ground would never have retained enough impression of feet for any of them to read; they were not, after all, skilled hunters or trackers.


  • The burnt grass gives rather a sombre aspect to the country, covered with the hard-baked tracks of animals which haunt these plains during the latter part of the rainy season.

    How I Found Livingstone


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