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.
1. The act or process of cooking in an oven, or of drying and hardening by heat or cold.
2. The quantity baked at once; a batch; as, a baking of bread.
Baking powder, a substitute for yeast, usually consisting of an acid, a carbonate, and a little farinaceous matter.
adj : as hot as if in an oven [syn: baking hot]
n 1: making bread or cake or pastry etc.
2: cooking by dry heat in an oven