to cook by dry heat in an oven or on heated metal or stones.
to harden by heat:
to bake pottery in a kiln.
to dry by, or subject to heat:
The sun baked the land.
to bake bread, a casserole, etc.
to become baked:
The cake will bake in about half an hour.
to be subjected to heat:
The lizard baked on the hot rocks.
a social occasion at which the chief food is baked.
Scot. cracker (def 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.
to include as an inseparable or permanent part:
Baked into the price of the product is the cost of advertising.
(transitive) to cook by dry heat in or as if in an oven
(intransitive) to cook bread, pastry, etc, in an oven
to make or become hardened by heat
(intransitive) (informal) to be extremely hot, as in the heat of the sun
(US) a party at which the main dish is baked
a batch of things baked at one time
(Scot) a kind of biscuit
(Caribbean) a small flat fried cake
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.
“social gathering at which baked food is served,” 1846, American English, from bake (v.).
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.)
- Baked meat
bakemeat. pastry; pie. cooked food, especially a meat pie. Historical Examples Good God, that a man should live to regret not being young enough to be still treated as baked meat, and served up in a pie! Peveril of the Peak Sir Walter Scott And do we make gravy for baked meat in the same […]
a brand name for any of a series of thermosetting plastics prepared by heating phenol or cresol with formaldehyde and ammonia under pressure: used for radio cabinets, telephone receivers, electric insulators, and molded plastic ware. Historical Examples This second dial was no more than a thin disk of hard rubber or Bakelite, with a red […]
a person who bakes. a person who makes and sells bread, cake, etc. a small portable oven. (usually initial capital letter) a code word used in communications to represent the letter B. Sir Benjamin, 1840–1907, English engineer. George (“Father Divine”) 1877–1965, U.S. religious leader. George Pierce, 1866–1935, U.S. critic, author, and professor of drama. Howard […]
- Baker’s dozen
a group of 13; a dozen plus one: from the former practice among bakers and other tradespeople of giving 13 items to the dozen as a safeguard against penalties for short weights and measures. noun thirteen Thirteen; bakers once provided an extra roll with every dozen sold. Thirteen, as in The new bagel store always […]