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

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

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To cook (something) in an oven.
  • v. To dry by heat.
  • v. To prepare food by baking it.
  • v. To be baked to heating or drying.
  • v. To be hot.
  • v. To smoke marijuana.
  • n. Any of various baked dishes resembling casserole.
  • n. The act of cooking food by baking.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • 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.
  • n. A baking.

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

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


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

Middle English baken, from Old English bacan.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

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).



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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