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baked Alaska a rich dessert made by piling ice cream on top of a layer of cake, covering the whole with meringue, and baking or broiling until the meringue begins to brown.
baked beans beans that have been boiled and then baked, often with salt pork, tomato sauce, or molasses.
Bakelite trademark for any of various synthetic resins and plastics molded by heat, usu. made with phenol, cresol, and formaldehyde.
baker a person who bakes, esp. one who is highly skilled at baking or does it professionally. [2 definitions]
baker's dozen any group of thirteen items.
bakery a store in which baked goods, such as bread, cake, and pastry, are made or sold.
bakeshop a shop at which bakery items are made and sold; bakery.
baking the act or process of a person or device that bakes. [2 definitions]
baking powder a powder containing sodium bicarbonate and an acidic substance, that serves as a leavening agent in baking by releasing carbon dioxide when mixed with water, thereby causing the dough to rise.
baking soda a white powder used as a leavening agent in baking, an antacid, a mouthwash, and a fire extinguisher; sodium bicarbonate.
baklava a dessert of various regions near the Mediterranean made from layers of flaky pastry, honey, and nuts.
baksheesh in several Near Eastern countries, a gift of money; tip.
Baku the capital of Azerbaijan.
balalaika a guitarlike musical instrument that has a triangular body and usu. three strings.
balance a state in which opposing forces are equal. [8 definitions]
balance beam a long wooden horizontal beam raised about four feet above the floor, on which women gymnasts perform various balancing routines. [2 definitions]
balanced not going too far in the direction of any extreme so that rationality, harmony, or stability is achieved; keeping to proper proportions.
balance of payments the difference between a nation's payments to another nation and its receipts from the other nation, including imports, exports, and other flow of capital.
balance of power a sufficient distribution of military or economic power among governments to prevent any one from excessively dominating others. [2 definitions]
balance of trade the difference in value between a country's total imports and its total exports.
balance sheet a financial statement of an individual's or business's assets and liabilities on a given date.