• WordNet 3.6
    • v cook transform and make suitable for consumption by heating "These potatoes have to cook for 20 minutes"
    • v cook transform by heating "The apothecary cooked the medicinal mixture in a big iron kettle"
    • v cook prepare for eating by applying heat "Cook me dinner, please","can you make me an omelette?","fix breakfast for the guests, please"
    • v cook prepare a hot meal "My husband doesn't cook"
    • v cook tamper, with the purpose of deception "Fudge the figures","cook the books","falsify the data"
    • n cook someone who cooks food
    • n Cook English navigator who claimed the east coast of Australia for Britain and discovered several Pacific islands (1728-1779)
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Additional illustrations & photos:

Captain James Cook Captain James Cook
Many earthenware vessels found were used for cooking purposes, including baking dishes, three-legged pots, and covered pots Many earthenware vessels found were used for cooking purposes, including baking dishes, three-legged pots, and...
The bough-bed, the cook-fire, and the wall-tent The bough-bed, the cook-fire, and the wall-tent
woman cooking woman cooking
"We may live without friends, we may live without books, But civilized man cannot live without cooks" "We may live without friends, we may live without books, But civilized man cannot live without cooks"
Frederick A. Cook Frederick A. Cook

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The largest hamburger cooked in the world weighed in at 6,040 pounds
    • Cook (Zoöl) A fish, the European striped wrasse.
    • Cook One whose occupation is to prepare food for the table; one who dresses or cooks meat or vegetables for eating.
    • Cook 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. "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."
    • v. i Cook To make the noise of the cuckoo. "Constant cuckoos cook on every side."
    • v. i Cook To prepare food for the table.
    • Cook To prepare, as food, by boiling, roasting, baking, broiling, etc.; to make suitable for eating, by the agency of fire or heat.
    • v. t Cook To throw. "Cook me that ball."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Grapes explode when cooked in the microwave.
    • cook To make fit for eating by the action of heat, as in boiling, stewing, roasting, baking, etc.; especially, to prepare in an appetizing way, as meats or vegetables, by various combinations of materials and flavoring.
    • cook Hence In general, to subject to the action of heat.
    • cook To dress up, alter, color, concoct, or falsely invent (a narrative, statement, excuse, etc.), for some special purpose, as that of making a more favorable impression than the facts of the case warrant; falsify: often followed by up: as, to cook up a story.
    • cook To disappoint; punish. Brockett. [Prov. Eng.]—To cook one's goose, to kill or ruin one; spoil ones plan; do for one.
    • cook To prepare food for eating; act as cook.
    • n cook One whose occupation is the cooking of food.
    • cook To make the noise uttered by the cuckoo.
    • cook To appear for a moment and then suddenly disappear; appear and disappear by turns: as, he cookit round the corner.
    • cook Same as cuck.
    • cook In tobacco manufacturing, to overheat (tobacco) in the process of sweating in bulk, depriving it of the power of heating up again. This happens when the temperature is kept long at 65° F. or raised still higher.
    • n cook Same as cook-fish.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: In Tonawanda, New York homeless people may not start a fire in the park unless they intend to cook food.
    • v.t Cook kook to prepare food: to manipulate for any purpose, or falsify, as accounts, &c.: to concoct
    • n Cook one whose business is to cook
    • v.i Cook kook to make the sound of the cuckoo.
    • v.i Cook kook (Scot.) to appear and disappear by turns.
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  • Chinese Proverb
    Chinese Proverb
    “Talk doesn't cook rice.”
  • Tom Jaine
    Tom Jaine
    “If cooking becomes an art form rather than a means of providing a reasonable diet, then something is clearly wrong.”
  • William Shakespeare
    “'Tis an ill cook that cannot lick his own fingers.”
  • Friedrich Nietzsche
    “In large states public education will always be mediocre, for the same reason that in large kitchens the cooking is usually bad.”
  • Chinese Proverb
    Chinese Proverb
    “Govern a family as you would cook a small fish -- very gently.”
  • Proverb
    “Hunger is a good cook.”


Cook someone's goose - If you cook someone's goose, you ruin their plans.
Cook the books - If people cook the books, they keep false accounts to make money illegally or avoid paying tax.
Cooking with gas - (USA) If you're cooking with gas, you're working very efficiently.
Too many cooks spoil the broth - This means that where there are too many people trying to do something, they make a mess of it.
What's cooking? - When you ask what's cooking it means you want to know what's happening.


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
AS. cōc, fr. L. cocus, coquus, coquus, fr. coquere, to cook; akin to Gr. pe`ptein, Skr. pac, and to E. apricot, biscuit, concoct, dyspepsia, precocious,. Cf. Pumpkin


In literature:

Cook together until all are sufficiently cooked.
"The Khaki Kook Book" by Mary Kennedy Core
The large two-pronged iron fork used by the ship's cook, to fish out the cooked meat from the copper.
"The Sailor's Word-Book" by William Henry Smyth
The rice should not be entirely cooked by the time it is stuffed into the bird; the cooking is completed inside the bird.
"American Cookery" by Various
Two or three minutes will cook them.
"The Golden Age Cook Book" by Henrietta Latham Dwight
Four strong men, and anot'er who cooks for them.
"The Huntress" by Hulbert Footner
By principles of cooking I mean the simple rules by which roasting, boiling, stewing, etc., are successfully accomplished.
"Choice Cookery" by Catherine Owen
Cook half an hour; add 3/4 pound sugar to 1 of fruit, and cook fifteen minutes.
"The Cookery Blue Book" by Society for Christian Work of the First Unitarian Church, San Francisco, California
The taste is not unpleasant when raw, and when cooked it is agreeable.
"Studies of American Fungi. Mushrooms, Edible, Poisonous, etc." by George Francis Atkinson
Add cubed potatoes, grated carrot and diced hard-cooked eggs.
"Pennsylvania Dutch Cooking" by Unknown
Be careful that the cook or the mess sergeant doesn't fall into a rut and satiate the soldiers day after day with the same dishes.
"Manual of Military Training" by James A. Moss

In poetry:

F was a little Fish.
Cook in the river took it,
Papa said, 'Cook! Cook! bring a dish!
And, cook! be quick and cook it!'
"Nonsense Alphabet" by Edward Lear
The herder cooked up quite a feed
And the cowboy ate his share
The herder got the jug out
And they started in from there.
"The Cowboy's Prayer" by Curley Fletcher
"Peggy. it is Christmas time,
So let us drive dull care away,
For we have got a Christmas goose,
So cook it well, I pray.
"The Christmas Goose" by William Topaz McGonagall
Away behind the currant row
Where no one else but cook may go,
Far in the plots, I see him dig
Old and serious, brown and big.
"The Gardener" by Robert Louis Stevenson
And you shall sit upon the stoop
What time we go and cook the soup,
And you shall hear, both night and day,
Melodious pianolas play.
"Help" by Franklin Pierce Adams
"Well thee greeteth the proud sher-iff,
And sendeth thee here by me,
His cook and his silv-er vessel,
And three hundred pound and three."
"Robin Hood" by Henry Morley

In news:

I know — you don't want to cook, but it is a sad fact of life that into each life, some cooking must fall.
We had Cooking with Cathy twice this week, and both times Cathy and Lisanne were joined by Grayson County Judge Drue Bynum to talk about cooking organically.
As the lead buffet cook at Tunica's famous Blue and White Restaurant, Alice Partee Jackson is responsible for putting out enough home cooking to feed an army.
Chef Thomas Keller speaks to the "CBS This Morning" co-hosts about finding success in the cooking world, his fifth cookbook and cooking for the holidays.
Most people cook lobster in its shell, and once it's cooked there's nothing you can do to it anymore.
Zoe Cook, a springer- Labrador cross whose owners were Sally and Peter Cook of Chilmark and Cambridge, died on Oct 18 at the age of 15.
Cooking spray or cooking oil.
Olive oil 1 lb.carrots, diced 2 meatless sausage, cut into bite-sized pieces 1 oz.garlic, minced 4-½ cups cooked lentils 4-½ cups cooked chickpeas 3 qts.
Tuesday evening, I was at home cooking stir fry (about the only thing I know how to cook) when, yikes, everyone else in New England felt an earthquake, except me.
Stir-fried sweet-and-sour chicken is just one of the recipes that you may see demonstrated and sample at the Cooking for a Life Time cooking school.
Cooking for a Life Time is a new cooking school designed to help women reduce the risk of cancer and other chronic diseases.
My favorite form of cooking is à la minute, which essentially means cooking to order.
Turn heat down to medium and continue to cook for approximately 5-10 minutes, or until meatballs are cooked through.
Let cook in pre-heated oven to 300 for about 50 minutes total cooking time.
Cooking On The Fly: Shermay Lee & Peranakan Cooking.

In science:

In the Cook formulation, there are more terms in the expression for Kij and K ij but each of these terms is a product of some factor that depends on the position where we wish to find Kij and of the extrinsic curvature tensor, evaluated at some different position.
Local and global properties of conformally flat initial data for black hole collisions
We adapt Cook’s results, applying the effective-potential method to non-spinning black holes, to our case to identify a sequence of quasicircular orbits.
Modeling gravitational radiation from coalescing binary black holes
Baumgarte has performed an effective potential analysis for the puncture data showing results almost identical to Cook, consistent with the noted numerical similarity of the two treatments .
Modeling gravitational radiation from coalescing binary black holes
Baumgarte proceeds to formulate a minimization principle in the following fashion, which is in line with the method of Cook .
Variational Principles in General Relativity
In particular, we compare our results to the (post)2 Newtonian predictions of Kidder et al. , which are written in a convenient form in Cook .
Variational Principles in General Relativity