biscuit

Definitions

  • THE BISCUIT BASIN
    THE BISCUIT BASIN
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n biscuit any of various small flat sweet cakes (`biscuit' is the British term)
    • n biscuit small round bread leavened with baking-powder or soda
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Additional illustrations & photos:

A Dog Biscuit Would Have Been Mince Pie 011 A Dog Biscuit Would Have Been Mince Pie 011
woman and tea biscuits woman and tea biscuits
The baby holding out the dog biscuit for the cow to sniff The baby holding out the dog biscuit for the cow to sniff

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Biscuit A kind of unraised bread, of many varieties, plain, sweet, or fancy, formed into flat cakes, and bakes hard; as, ship biscuit . "According to military practice, the bread or biscuit of the Romans was twice prepared in the oven."
    • Biscuit A small loaf or cake of bread, raised and shortened, or made light with soda or baking powder. Usually a number are baked in the same pan, forming a sheet or card.
    • Biscuit (Sculp) A species of white, unglazed porcelain, in which vases, figures, and groups are formed in miniature.
    • Biscuit Earthen ware or porcelain which has undergone the first baking, before it is subjected to the glazing.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n biscuit A kind of hard, dry bread, consisting of flour, water or milk, and salt, and baked in thin flat cakes. The name is also extended to similar articles very variously made and flavored. See cracker.
    • n biscuit A small, round, soft cake made from dough raised with yeast or soda, sometimes shortened with lard, etc.
    • n biscuit In ceramics, porcelain, stoneware, or pottery after the first baking, and before the application of the glaze. Formerly bisque.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Biscuit bis′kit hard dry bread in small cakes: a kind of unglazed earthenware.
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Quotations

  • Carl Sandburg
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    “Poetry is the achievement of the synthesis of hyacinths and biscuits.”

Idioms

Take the biscuit - (UK) If something takes the biscuit, it is the absolute limit.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. biscuit,cf. It. biscotto, Sp. bizcocho, Pg. biscouto,), fr. L. bis, twice + coctus, p. p. of coquere, to cook, bake. See Cook, and cf. Bisque a kind of porcelain
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
O. Fr. bescoit (mod. biscuit)—L. bis, twice, coquĕre, coctum, to cook or bake.

Usage

In literature:

Bread included ordinary bread, biscuits, and flour.
"The 28th: A Record of War Service in the Australian Imperial Force, 1915-19, Vol. I" by Herbert Brayley Collett
Many amateur campers wonder why the biscuits are flat or doughy.
"The Ranger Boys and the Border Smugglers" by Claude A. Labelle
And now the last biscuit is gone, the last drop of coffee, and the frying-pan is "wiped" clean.
"Detailed Minutiae of Soldier life in the Army of Northern Virginia, 1861-1865" by Carlton McCarthy
A biscuit would have been equally unserviceable.
"The Boy Tar" by Mayne Reid
For food we had each brought along ten biscuits, the result of several weeks' hoarding.
"World's War Events, Vol. II" by Various
He then gave us some biscuit, which we eat; and we then set off together to join our companions.
"Thrilling Narratives of Mutiny, Murder and Piracy" by Anonymous
He got up on a chair in front of the cupboard and filled his pockets with biscuits.
"Frank of Freedom Hill" by Samuel A. Derieux
A name given to a certain hard ship-biscuit.
"The Sailor's Word-Book" by William Henry Smyth
Your commissaries must turn it into biscuit before it is sent to the Piraeus.
"The Life of Thomas, Lord Cochrane, Tenth Earl of Dundonald, Vol. II" by Thomas Lord Cochrane
BISCUITS OF KERNEL OR GRAHAM FLOUR.
"The Golden Age Cook Book" by Henrietta Latham Dwight
The steak, potatoes, and hot biscuit diffused a pleasant aroma through the cabin.
"Jim Spurling, Fisherman" by Albert Walter Tolman
The crusts of biscuit a day or so old are quite digestible, as are also waffles, if made with little grease and cooked thoroughly.
"Health on the Farm" by H. F. Harris
Here, speaking personally, I disposed of over half a tin of biscuits and two tins of jam.
"A Yeoman's Letters" by P. T. Ross
If you had the pluck of a weevil in a biscuit, you would catch them still.
"Treasure Island" by Robert Louis Stevenson
THE ORPHANS AND THEIR BISCUITS.
"The Story of John G. Paton" by James Paton
Jean Liotard tossed the biscuit gently about half way.
"Tatterdemalion" by John Galsworthy
Mr. Sawyer settled the trivial question of biscuits with dignity.
"Jimsy" by Leona Dalrymple
It did not make much difference to me which way we were going; I had only half a biscuit left, and no chance of getting more.
"A Chapter of Adventures" by G. A. Henty
I'll put the biscuits in the pans.
"The Girls of Central High on Lake Luna" by Gertrude W. Morrison
Massa give us mos' anything he had to eat, 'cept biscuits.
"Slave Narratives: a Folk History of Slavery in the United States From Interviews with Former Slaves." by Work Projects Administration
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In poetry:

His name was Zero,
something for nothing!
You like dog biscuits?
Fill in the blank.
"Zero" by Robert Creeley
In Tum-Tum's reign a tin of biscuits
On the bedside table provided
For nocturnal munching. Now weapons have changed,
And the fashion of appetites:
There, for sunbathers who count their calories,
A bottle of mineral water.
"For Friends Only" by W H Auden
And when the morning came she felt very sick,
And she expected the voyage would be about three hours to Lerwick,
And her stock of provisions was but very small,
Only two half-penny biscuits and a quart bottle of milk in all
"The Wreck of the 'Columbine'" by William Topaz McGonagall
Still the heavy snow kept falling, and the sky was obscured,
And on Sabbath morning she made her first meal on board,
And this she confined to a little drop of milk and half a biscuit,
Which she wisely considered was most fit.
"The Wreck of the 'Columbine'" by William Topaz McGonagall
I kin see us, true to Natur', thum the time we started out
With a biscuit and a 'tater in our little "roundabout!"
I kin see our lines a-tanglin', and our elbows in a jam,
And our naked legs a-danglin' thum the apern of the dam.
"Romancin'" by James Whitcomb Riley
A ration of rum and a biscuit was served out to each man,
And the weary night passed, and then appeared the morning dawn;
And when the lifeboat hove in sight a sailor did shout,
"Thank God, there's she at last without any doubt."
"The Wreck of the 'Indian Chief'" by William Topaz McGonagall

In news:

Succeeding biscuits are placed side by side with the first until the pan is full.
Sometimes, in deference to my begging, she makes a couple of "baby biscuits .".
Biscuits are always last to be cooked and are served hot.
Leftover biscuits become the sandwiches of the farm.
The menu will feature their "famous" chicken and biscuits , salad, applesauce, cranberry sauce, beverage and dessert.
The maker of Oreo cookies and Cadbury chocolates, which still operates under Zurich-based Kraft Foods Europe Gmbh in Europe, said on Friday it would retain Italian production of low-fat Vitasnella biscuits , snacks and bread derivatives.
Enter to win the annual 8th Annual WBNQ Pet Costume Contest at Deenie's Bed and Biscuit 's on South Morrissey in Bloomington on October 13th.
Woman with Tourette's says ' biscuit ' 16,000 times a day.
Jessica Thom, a sassy and smart 32-year-old from London, says the word " biscuit " 16,000 times a day.
Using a biscuit cutter, cut the dough into 2 round biscuits .
King Biscuit Blues Festival marks 27th year.
PRINCETON — The Hampshire Colony Congregational Church will host its annual chicken and biscuit dinner from 4:45 to 7 pm Oct 10 in the church's Fellowship Hall.
Those are a few of the signature biscuits on the menu at Tudor's Biscuit World, which was packed with customers Friday, the restaurant's last day of business after 28 years in downtown Roanoke.
The Chicken Biscuit at The Grape.
Layer bottom halves of biscuits in prepared dish.
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In science:

Fido had a bone yesterday and biscuit today.
A State-Transition Grammar for Data-Oriented Parsing
There is in general no upper limit to the length of this list, eg. “I gave Fido a biscuit yesterday in the house and Rover a bone today in his kennel.” 6Milward (1990) introduces a formalism essentially identical to the one presented here, although viewed from a very different perspective.
A State-Transition Grammar for Data-Oriented Parsing
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