Definition of doughnut
1 : a small usually ring-shaped piece of sweet fried dough
2 : something (such as a mathematical torus) that has a round shape like a doughnut
3 : a controlled skid that sends an automobile into a tight circle of at least 360 degrees —usually used in the phrase do doughnuts Doing doughnuts? You haven't heard about this? This is what they steal the cars for. Top speed, they slam on the brakes, yank the emergency brake, twist the steering wheel, and the car starts spinning. Wheeling the car in circles at tremendous speeds. — Philip Roth
doughnutlikeplay \-ˌlīk\ adjective
Examples of doughnut in a Sentence
drawing doughnuts in the sand
Recent Examples of doughnut from the Web
This being a story about doughnuts, there are a few holes.
New food items include fried ravioli, Sicilian steak sandwich, and sfingi (Sicilian doughnuts) with amaretto cream sauce.
Nearly nine months after its owner was shot in the head twice while at the store, Bullitt County's Donut King sold out of doughnuts on the day of its grand re-opening.
Stanford said her work involved the geometric and dynamic complexities of curved surfaces such as spheres and doughnut shapes.
Tim Hortons coffee and doughnuts are about as closely linked with the Canadian identity as hockey and universal health care, but the institution is under attack.
Stanton, who hit a record 61 homers over three rounds in winning at San Diego, had already been relegated to valet for teammate Bour, bringing him an energy-boosting doughnut during a timeout.
In Gyeonggi province, which surrounds the capital like a doughnut, the provincial government counts about 3,700 shelters.
A vacant West Dundee downtown storefront is set to get new life as an artisan doughnut shop.
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First Known Use of doughnut
DOUGHNUT Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of doughnut for English Language Learners
: a piece of sweet fried dough that is often shaped like a ring
: something that has a round shape like a doughnut
DOUGHNUT Defined for Kids
Definition of doughnut for Students
: a small ring of sweet dough fried in fat
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