from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A large pan containing hot water in which smaller pans may be set to cook food slowly or to keep food warm.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. in cooking, a large pan containing hot water, into which other smaller pans are set in order to cook food slowly, or to keep food warm
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A vessel for holding hot water in which another vessel may be heated without scorching its contents; -- used for warming or preparing food or pharmaceutical preparations.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A vessel of any kind containing heated water, in which another vessel is placed in order to heat its contents gently, or with more regularity and evenness than if the heat were applied directly to the second vessel: used in some operations of cooking, manufacture, chemistry, etc. Also called water-bath.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a large pan that is filled with hot water; smaller pans containing food can be set in the larger pan to keep food warm or to cook food slowly
French, from Medieval Latin balneum Mariae, bath of Maria, probably after Maria, an early alchemist.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
French, from Medieval Latin balneum Mariae Maria’s bath (Wiktionary)