Bake v. t. [imp. & p. p. Baked p. pr. & vb. n. Baking.]
1. To prepare, as food, by cooking in a dry heat, either in an oven or under coals, or on heated stone or metal; as, to bake bread, meat, apples.
Note: ☞ Baking is the term usually applied to that method of cooking which exhausts the moisture in food more than roasting or broiling; but the distinction of meaning between roasting and baking is not always observed.
2. To dry or harden (anything) by subjecting to heat, as, to bake bricks; the sun bakes the ground.
3. To harden by cold.
The earth . . . is baked with frost. --Shak.
They bake their sides upon the cold, hard stone. --Spenser.
adj 1: dried out by heat or excessive exposure to sunlight; "a vast
desert all adust"; "land lying baked in the heat";
"parched soil"; "the earth was scorched and bare";
"sunbaked salt flats" [syn: adust, parched, scorched,
2: (of bread and pastries) cooked by dry heat (as in an oven);
3: hardened by subjecting to intense heat; "baked bricks";
"burned bricks" [syn: burned, burnt]