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cake [keyk] noun, verb, caked, cak·ing.
–noun
1.a sweet, baked, breadlike food, made with or without shortening, and usually containing flour, sugar, baking powder or soda, eggs, and liquid flavoring.
2.a flat, thin mass of bread, esp. unleavened bread.
3.pancake; griddlecake.
4.a shaped or molded mass of other food: a fish cake.
5.a shaped or compressed mass: a cake of soap; a cake of ice.
6.Animal Husbandry. a compacted block of soybeans, cottonseeds, or linseeds from which the oil has been pressed, usually used as a feed or feed supplement for cattle.
–verb (used with object)
7.to form into a crust or compact mass.
–verb (used without object)
8.to become formed into a crust or compact mass.
9.a piece of cake, Informal. something easily done: She thought her first solo flight was a piece of cake.
10.take the cake, Informal.
a.to surpass all others, esp. in some undesirable quality; be extraordinary or unusual: His arrogance takes the cake.
b.to win first prize.

[Origin: 1200–50; ME < ON kaka; akin to ME kechel little cake, G Kuchen; see cookie]

caky, cakey, adjective

8. harden, solidify, dry, congeal.


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