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 Dictionary entry overview: What does cooking mean? 

COOKING (noun)
  The noun COOKING has 1 sense:

1. the act of preparing something (as food) by the application of heat

  Familiarity information: COOKING used as a noun is very rare.

 Dictionary entry details 

COOKING (noun)

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The act of preparing something (as food) by the application of heat

Classified under:

Nouns denoting acts or actions


cookery; cooking; preparation

Context examples:

cooking can be a great art / people are needed who have experience in cookery / he left the preparation of meals to his wife

Hypernyms ("cooking" is a kind of...):

change of state (the act of changing something into something different in essential characteristics)

Meronyms (parts of "cooking"):

tenderisation; tenderization (the act of making meat tender by pounding or marinating it)

seasoning (the act of adding a seasoning to food)

Domain member category:

dun (cure by salting)

corn (preserve with salt)

filet; fillet (cut into filets)

puree; strain (rub through a strainer or process in an electric blender)

egg (coat with beaten egg)

dredge (cover before cooking)

flour (cover with flour)

crumb (coat with bread crumbs)

truss (tie the wings and legs of a bird before cooking it)

bread (cover with bread crumbs)

clarify (make clear by removing impurities or solids, as by heating)

splat (split open and flatten for cooking)

grill (cook over a grill)

hibachi (cook over a hibachi grill)

steam (cook something by letting steam pass over it)

boil (cook in boiling liquid)

broil; oven broil (cook under a broiler)

pan-broil (broil in a pan)

pressure-cook (cook in a pressure cooker)

bruise (break up into small pieces for food preparation)

blacken; char; scorch; sear (burn slightly and superficially so as to affect color)

render; try (melt (fat or lard) in order to separate out impurities)

mask (cover with a sauce)

dress (put a dressing on)

sauce (dress (food) with a relish)

whip up; whomp up (prepare or cook quickly or hastily)

concoct; cook up (prepare or cook by mixing ingredients)

lard (prepare or cook with lard)

flavor; flavour; season (lend flavor to)

curry (season with a mixture of spices; typical of Indian cooking)

spice; spice up; zest (add herbs or spices to)

ginger (add ginger to in order to add flavor)

savor; savour (give taste to)

pepper (add pepper to)

precook (cook beforehand so that the actual preparation won't take long)

cook (prepare a hot meal)

devil (coat or stuff with a spicy paste)

whip; whisk (whip with or as if with a wire whisk)

cream (make creamy by beating)

beat; scramble (stir vigorously)

churn (stir (cream) vigorously in order to make butter)

rice (sieve so that it becomes the consistency of rice)

frost; ice (decorate with frosting)

butterfly (cut and spread open, as in preparation for cooking)

put on (put on the stove or ready for cooking)

spatchcock (prepare for eating if or as if a spatchcock)

salt (add salt to)

saute (fry briefly over high heat)

challah; hallah ((Judaism) a loaf of white bread containing eggs and leavened with yeast; often formed into braided loaves and glazed with eggs before baking)

can; put up; tin (preserve in a can or tin)

brine (soak in brine)

fortify; lace; spike (add alcohol to (beverages))

fortify (add nutrients to)

boil down; concentrate; reduce (cook until very little liquid is left)

boil down; concentrate; decoct; reduce (be cooked until very little liquid is left)

bake (cook and make edible by putting in a hot oven)

ovenbake (bake in an oven)

brown (fry in a pan until it changes color)

marinade; marinate (soak in marinade)

salt (preserve with salt)

pickle (preserve in a pickling liquid)

Jewish rye; Jewish rye bread ((Judaism) bread made with rye flour; usually contains caraway seeds)

calamari; calamary; squid ((Italian cuisine) squid prepared as food)

curry ((East Indian cookery) a pungent dish of vegetables or meats flavored with curry powder and usually eaten with rice)

brown sauce; Chinese brown sauce (a sauce based on soy sauce)

caramelise; caramelize (convert to caramel)

caramelise; caramelize (be converted into caramel)

alcoholise; alcoholize (make alcoholic, as by fermenting)

alcoholise; alcoholize (treat or infuse with alcohol)

conserve (preserve with sugar)

coddle (cook in nearly boiling water)

fire (bake in a kiln so as to harden)

farce; stuff (fill with a stuffing while cooking)

barbecue; barbeque; cook out (cook outdoors on a barbecue grill)

pan roast (roast in a pan)

braise (cook in liquid)

fry (cook on a hot surface using fat)

frizzle (fry something until it curls and becomes crisp)

deep-fat-fry (fry in deep fat)

griddle (cook on a griddle)

pan-fry (fry in a pan)

deep-fry; french-fry (cook by immersing in fat)

roast (cook with dry heat, usually in an oven)

simmer (boil slowly at low temperature)

jug (stew in an earthenware jug)

baste (cover with liquid before cooking)

souse (cook in a marinade)

micro-cook; microwave; nuke; zap (cook or heat in a microwave oven)

crisp; crispen; toast (make brown and crisp by heating)

shirr (bake (eggs) in their shells until they are set)

blanch; parboil (cook (vegetables) briefly)

overboil (boil excessively)

fricassee (make a fricassee of by cooking)

stew (cook slowly and for a long time in liquid)

stir fry (fry very quickly over high heat)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "cooking"):

baking (cooking by dry heat in an oven)

percolation (the act of making coffee in a percolator)

boiling; simmering; stewing (cooking in a liquid that has been brought to a boil)

roasting (cooking (meat) by dry heat in an oven (usually with fat added))

poaching (cooking in simmering liquid)

braising (cooking slowly in fat in a closed pot with little moisture)

fusion cooking (cooking that combines ingredients and techniques and seasonings from different cuisines)

frying; sauteing (cooking in fat or oil in a pan or griddle)

broil; broiling; grilling (cooking by direct exposure to radiant heat (as over a fire or under a grill))

browning; toasting (cooking to a brown crispiness over a fire or on a grill)

cuisine; culinary art (the practice or manner of preparing food or the food so prepared)

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