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bread Meaning, Definition & Usage

  1. noun food made from dough of flour or meal and usually raised with yeast or baking powder and then baked
    breadstuff; staff of life.
  2. noun informal terms for money
    moolah; wampum; clams; gelt; kale; lucre; sugar; dinero; simoleons; loot; boodle; lettuce; dough; shekels; scratch; cabbage; pelf; lolly.
  3. verb cover with bread crumbs
    • bread the pork chops before frying them

Bread transitive verb
AS. brædan to make broad, to spread. See Broad, a.
  1. To spread. Obs. Ray.
Bread noun
AS. breád; akin to OFries. brad, OS. brd, D. brood, G. brod, brot, Icel. brau, Sw. & Dan. bröd. The root is probably that of E. brew. See Brew.
  1. An article of food made from flour or meal by moistening, kneading, and baking. ✍ Raised bread is made with yeast, salt, and sometimes a little butter or lard, and is mixed with warm milk or water to form the dough, which, after kneading, is given time to rise before baking. -- Cream of tartar bread is raised by the action of an alkaline carbonate or bicarbonate (as saleratus or ammonium bicarbonate) and cream of tartar (acid tartrate of potassium) or some acid. -- Unleavened bread is usually mixed with water and salt only.
  2. Food; sustenance; support of life, in general.
    Give us this day our daily bread. Matt. vi. 11
Bread transitive verb
  1. (Cookery) To cover with bread crumbs, preparatory to cooking; as, breaded cutlets.

Webster 1913