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bake

[beyk] /beɪk/
verb (used with object), baked, baking.
1.
to cook by dry heat in an oven or on heated metal or stones.
2.
to harden by heat:
to bake pottery in a kiln.
3.
to dry by, or subject to heat:
The sun baked the land.
verb (used without object), baked, baking.
4.
to bake bread, a casserole, etc.
5.
to become baked:
The cake will bake in about half an hour.
6.
to be subjected to heat:
The lizard baked on the hot rocks.
noun
7.
a social occasion at which the chief food is baked.
8.
Scot. cracker (def 1).
Verb phrases
9.
bake in/into,
  1. Computers. to incorporate (a feature) as part of a system or piece of software or hardware while it is still in development: The location-tracking service is baked in the new app.
    Security features come baked into the operating system.
  2. to include as an inseparable or permanent part:
    Baked into the price of the product is the cost of advertising.
Origin
1000
before 1000; Middle English baken, Old English bacan, past participle bōc baked; cognate with Old High German bahhan, past buoh, Old Norse baka; akin to Dutch bakken, German backen, Greek phṓgein to roast; < IE alternating base *bheHog-, bhəg-
Related forms
outbake, verb (used with object), outbaked, outbaking.
overbake, verb, overbaked, overbaking.
prebake, verb, prebaked, prebaking.
rebake, verb (used with object), rebaked, rebaking.
unbaked, adjective
underbake, verb (used with object), underbaked, underbaking.
well-baked, adjective
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Examples for baking
  • Buttermilk's slight acidity helps activate baking soda and make bread rise.
  • Place on a baking sheet and mist or drizzle with olive oil, rolling each spear to coat.
  • Precise measurement can make a big difference in recipes, especially when it comes to baking.
  • Place on baking sheet with plenty of space between each dough ball.
  • Desserts were simple, probably because too much baking would heat up the house.
  • baking soda does a marvelous job of oven cleaning and refrigerator cleaning with a bit of elbow grease.
  • Pretty soon baking bread is going to be bad for the environment also.
  • Eggs are used in baking treats are pretty essential when you're asking folks to drastically change deeply embedded habits.
  • Additionally, baking in the oven becomes nearly impossible.
  • It's more than the smell of baking asphalt, exhaust fumes, and lack of deodorant-these smells are around all year.
British Dictionary definitions for baking

baking

/ˈbeɪkɪŋ/
noun
1.
  1. the process of cooking bread, cakes, etc
  2. (as modifier) a baking dish
2.
the bread, cakes, etc, cooked at one time
adjective
3.
(esp of weather) very hot and dry

bake

/beɪk/
verb
1.
(transitive) to cook by dry heat in or as if in an oven
2.
(intransitive) to cook bread, pastry, etc, in an oven
3.
to make or become hardened by heat
4.
(intransitive) (informal) to be extremely hot, as in the heat of the sun
noun
5.
(US) a party at which the main dish is baked
6.
a batch of things baked at one time
7.
(Scot) a kind of biscuit
8.
(Caribbean) a small flat fried cake
Word Origin
Old English bacan; related to Old Norse baka, Old High German bahhan to bake, Greek phōgein to parch, roast
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Word Origin and History for baking

bake

v.

Old English bacan "to bake," from Proto-Germanic *bakanan (cf. Old Norse baka, Middle Dutch backen, Old High German bahhan, German backen), from PIE *bheg- "to warm, roast, bake" (cf. Greek phogein "to roast"), from root *bhe- "to warm" (see bath). Related: Baked (Middle English had baken); baking. Baked beans attested by 1803.

n.

"social gathering at which baked food is served," 1846, American English, from bake (v.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for baking

baking

adjective

Extremely warm and damp: baking inside the laboratory with no windows (1786+)


The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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baking in the Bible

The duty of preparing bread was usually, in ancient times, committed to the females or the slaves of the family (Gen. 18:6; Lev. 26:26; 1 Sam. 8:13); but at a later period we find a class of public bakers mentioned (Hos. 7:4, 6; Jer. 37:21). The bread was generally in the form of long or round cakes (Ex. 29:23; 1 Sam. 2:36), of a thinness that rendered them easily broken (Isa. 58:7; Matt. 14:19; 26:26; Acts 20:11). Common ovens were generally used; at other times a jar was half-filled with hot pebbles, and the dough was spread over them. Hence we read of "cakes baken on the coals" (1 Kings 19:6), and "baken in the oven" (Lev. 2:4). (See BREAD.)

Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary
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