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RoastRoast Roast, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Roasted; p. pr. & vb. n.
Roasting.] [OE. rosten, OF. rostir, F. r[^o]tir; of German
origin; cf. OHG. r[=o]sten, G. r["o]sten, fr. OHG. r[=o]st,
r[=o]sta, gridiron, G. rost; cf. AS. hyrstan to roast.]
1. To cook by exposure to radiant heat before a fire; as, to
roast meat on a spit, or in an oven open toward the fire
and having reflecting surfaces within; also, to cook in a
2. To cook by surrounding with hot embers, ashes, sand, etc.;
as, to roast a potato in ashes.
In eggs boiled and roasted there is scarce
difference to be discerned. --BAcon.
3. To dry and parch by exposure to heat; as, to roast coffee;
to roast chestnuts, or peanuts.
4. Hence, to heat to excess; to heat violently; to burn.
``Roasted in wrath and fire.' --Shak.
5. (Metal.) To dissipate by heat the volatile parts of, as
6. To banter severely. [Colloq.] --Atterbury.
Roast Roast, v. i.
1. To cook meat, fish, etc., by heat, as before the fire or
in an oven.
He could roast, and seethe, and broil, and fry.
2. To undergo the process of being roasted.
RoastRoast Roast, n.
That which is roasted; a piece of meat which has been
roasted, or is suitable for being roasted.
A fat swan loved he best of any roost [roast].
To rule the roast, to be at the head of affairs. ``The
new-made duke that rules the roast.'
Roast Roast, a. [For roasted.]
Roasted; as, roast beef.