Roast, v. i.
1. To cook meat, fish, etc., by heat, as before the fire or in an oven.
He could roast, and seethe, and broil, and fry. --Chaucer.
2. To undergo the process of being roasted.
Roast, n. That which is roasted; a piece of meat which has been roasted, or is suitable for being roasted.
A fat swan loved he best of any roost [roast]. --Chaucer.
To rule the roast, to be at the head of affairs. “The new-made duke that rules the roast.”
Roast v. t. [imp. & p. p. Roasted; p. pr. & vb. n. Roasting.]
1. To cook by exposure to radiant heat before a fire; as, to roast meat on a spit, or in an oven open toward the fire and having reflecting surfaces within; also, to cook in a close oven.
2. To cook by surrounding with hot embers, ashes, sand, etc.; as, to roast a potato in ashes.
In eggs boiled and roasted there is scarce difference to be discerned. --BAcon.
3. To dry and parch by exposure to heat; as, to roast coffee; to roast chestnuts, or peanuts.
4. Hence, to heat to excess; to heat violently; to burn. “Roasted in wrath and fire.”
5. Metal. To dissipate by heat the volatile parts of, as ores.
6. To banter severely. [Colloq.]
Roast, a. Roasted; as, roast beef.
adj : (of meat) cooked by dry heat in an oven [syn: roasted]
n 1: a piece of meat roasted or for roasting and of a size for
slicing into more than one portion [syn: joint]
2: negative criticism [syn: knock]
v 1: cook with dry heat, usually in an oven; "roast the turkey"
2: subject to laughter or ridicule; "The satirists ridiculed
the plans for a new opera house"; "The students poked fun
at the inexperienced teacher"; "His former students
roasted the professor at his 60th birthday" [syn: ridicule,
guy, blackguard, laugh at, jest at, rib, make
fun, poke fun]