Roast 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 close oven. [1913 Webster]

2. To cook by surrounding with hot embers, ashes, sand, etc.; as, to roast a potato in ashes. [1913 Webster]

In eggs boiled and roasted there is scarce difference to be discerned. --BAcon. [1913 Webster]

3. To dry and parch by exposure to heat; as, to roast coffee; to roast chestnuts, or peanuts. [1913 Webster]

4. Hence, to heat to excess; to heat violently; to burn. ``Roasted in wrath and fire.'' --Shak. [1913 Webster]

5. (Metal.) To dissipate by heat the volatile parts of, as ores. [1913 Webster]

6. To banter severely. [Colloq.] --Atterbury. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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