Hypertext Webster Gateway: "cooking"

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) (web1913)

Cook \Cook\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Cooked}; p. pr & vb. n.
1. To prepare, as food, by boiling, roasting, baking,
broiling, etc.; to make suitable for eating, by the agency
of fire or heat.

2. To concoct or prepare; hence, to tamper with or alter; to
garble; -- often with up; as, to cook up a story; to cook
an account. [Colloq.]

They all of them receive the same advices from
abroad, and very often in the same words; but their
way of cooking it is so different. --Addison.

From WordNet (r) 1.7 (wn)

n : the act of preparing something (as food) by the application
of heat [syn: {cookery}]

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