World English Dictionary
donut (ˈdəʊnʌt)
a variant spelling (esp US) of doughnut

doughnut or esp (US) donut (ˈdəʊnʌt)
1.  a small cake of sweetened dough, often ring-shaped or spherical with a jam or cream filling, cooked in hot fat
2.  anything shaped like a ring, such as the reaction vessel of a thermonuclear reactor
vb , -nuts, -nutting, -nutted
3.  informal (tr) (of Members of Parliament) to surround (a speaker) during the televising of Parliament to give the impression that the chamber is crowded or the speaker is well supported
donut or esp (US) donut

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Example sentences
Depicted as a geometric shape, this pattern conforms to a donut-shaped figure known as a torus.
Also donut, which seem a lot less sweet when you're eating maple syrup on snow.
Skip the pastry and donut platter at meetings and conferences.
Refusing a tempting breakfast donut, in other words, will make it slightly
  harder to turn down an afternoon croissant.
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