Definition of Cooking

1. Noun. The act of preparing something (as food) by the application of heat. "He left the preparation of meals to his wife"

Exact synonyms: Cookery, Preparation
Generic synonyms: Change Of State
Specialized synonyms: Baking, Browning, Toasting, Broil, Broiling, Grilling, Frying, Sauteing, Fusion Cooking, Braising, Poaching, Roasting, Boiling, Simmering, Stewing, Percolation, Cuisine, Culinary Art
Terms within: Tenderisation, Tenderization, Seasoning
Examples of category: Challah, Hallah, Jewish Rye, Jewish Rye Bread, Calamari, Calamary, Squid, Curry, Brown Sauce, Chinese Brown Sauce, Caramelise, Caramelize, Caramelise, Caramelize, Alcoholise, Alcoholize, Alcoholise, Alcoholize, Conserve, Pickle, Salt, Marinade, Marinate, Can, Put Up, Tin, Brine, Fortify, Lace, Spike, Fortify, Boil Down, Concentrate, Reduce, Boil Down, Concentrate, Decoct, Reduce, Bake, Ovenbake, Brown, Coddle, Fire, Farce, Stuff, Baste, Souse, Micro-cook, Microwave, Nuke, Zap, Crisp, Crispen, Toast, Shirr, Blanch, Parboil, Overboil, Fricassee, Stew, Jug, Simmer, Roast, Barbecue, Barbeque, Cook Out, Pan Roast, Braise, Fry, Frizzle, Deep-fat-fry, Griddle, Pan-fry, Deep-fry, French-fry, Stir Fry, Saute, Grill, Hibachi, Steam, Broil, Oven Broil, Pan-broil, Pressure-cook, Bruise, Blacken, Char, Scorch, Sear, Render, Try, Splat, Clarify, Dun, Corn, Filet, Fillet, Puree, Strain, Egg, Dredge, Flour, Crumb, Truss, Bread, Mask, Dress, Sauce, Whip, Whisk, Cream, Beat, Scramble, Churn, Rice, Frost, Ice, Butterfly, Put On, Spatchcock, Devil, Cook, Precook, Whip Up, Whomp Up, Concoct, Cook Up, Lard, Flavor, Flavour, Season, Curry, Spice, Spice Up, Zest, Ginger, Savor, Savour, Pepper, Salt
Derivative terms: Cook, Cook, Cook, Cook, Cook, Cook, Prepare

Definition of Cooking

1. Adjective. (informal) In progress, happening. ¹

2. Noun. The process of preparing food by using heat ¹

3. Noun. (by extension) The process of preparing food. ¹

4. Noun. (by extension) The result of that process, a meal. ¹

5. Noun. The style or genre of food preparation; cookery ¹

6. Verb. (present participle of cook) ¹

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Definition of Cooking

1. the act of one that cooks [n -S]

Lexicographical Neighbors of Cooking

cookie cutters
cookie dough
cookie doughs
cookie jar
cookie jar reserve
cookie jars
cookie sheet
cookie sheets
cookiecutter shark
cookiecutter sharks
cooking (current term)
cooking apple
cooking chocolate
cooking oil
cooking pan
cooking pot
cooking pots
cooking stove
cooking the books
cooking up
cooking utensil
cooking utensils
cooking with gas

Literary usage of Cooking

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. United States Supreme Court Reports by Lawyers Co-operative Publishing Company, United States Supreme Court (1885)
"If any other method of cooking the meat should be adopted, there would be ... We are clearly of opinion that a change in the mode of cooking the meat from ..."

2. Transactions of the American Institute of Electrical Engineers by American Institute of Electrical Engineers (1917)
"By AIEE SOME FEATURES OF DOMESTIC ELECTRIC cooking AND HEATING BY HB PEIRCE ABSTRACT OF PAPER Although electric cooking and heating has always been ..."

3. Handbook of Physiology by William Dobinson Halliburton (1913)
"Bread is made by cooking the dough of wheat flour mixed with yeast, salt, ... cooking of Food. The cooking of foods is a development of civilisation, ..."

4. Preventive Medicine and Hygiene by Milton Joseph Rosenau, George Chandler Whipple, John William Trask, Thomas William Salmon (1921)
"In the case of vegetables, cooking breaks open and softens the cellulose ... cooking has a few minor disadvantages—there is a loss of mineral wilts, ..."

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