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  1. the activity or practice of cooking food using dry heat, especially in an oven: Baking can give cuts of poultry a crispy, browned exterior.

  2. food cooked using dry heat, especially bread, pastry, cakes, etc.: Nothing puts me into the Christmas spirit like the smells of holiday baking.

  1. extremely hot: It was unseasonably cold last week, but this week it's absolutely baking.

  2. used in preparing food cooked with dry heat, especially bread, pastry, cakes, etc.: I can't make cookies without a baking tray.

  1. suited for use in pies, pastry, etc.: Proper baking apples are needed for a good apple crumble.: Compare cooking (def. 4), eating (def. 4).

Origin of baking

First recorded in 1300–50; 1650–60 for def. 3; Middle English; bake + -ing1 for the noun senses; bake + -ing2 for the adjective senses

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British Dictionary definitions for baking


/ (ˈbeɪkɪŋ) /

    • the process of cooking bread, cakes, etc

    • (as modifier): a baking dish

  1. the bread, cakes, etc, cooked at one time

  1. (esp of weather) very hot and dry

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