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cake [keyk] noun, verb, caked, cak·ing.
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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