Roasting jack

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a machine for turning a spit on which meat is roasted.

See also: Roasting

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary, published 1913 by G. & C. Merriam Co.
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Hugh made no answer, but throwing the bridle to his master, and snatching his wig from his head, in a manner so unceremonious and hasty that the action discomposed Mr Willet not a little, though performed at his own special desire, climbed nimbly to the very summit of the maypole before the house, and hanging the wig upon the weathercock, sent it twirling round like a roasting jack. Having achieved this performance, he cast it on the ground, and sliding down the pole with inconceivable rapidity, alighted on his feet almost as soon as it had touched the earth.
'See!' said Eugene, 'miniature flour-barrel, rolling- pin, spice-box, shelf of brown jars, chopping-board, coffee-mill, dresser elegantly furnished with crockery, saucepans and pans, roasting jack, a charming kettle, an armoury of dish-covers.
Prime rib is cooked in a fieldstone fireplace using a roasting jack, a device that dates back to the early 1700s, and chowder is cooked in an antique iron cauldron.
For example, the restaurant roasts prime rib on a roasting jack that dates back to the late 1700s.
Oven-roasted Atlantic cod served with a rich lobster cream (lobster bisque), New England chowder prepared in an iron cauldron over a crackling fire and prime rib cooked on a roasting jack are among the foods that attract tourists and non-tourists alike.
The Salem Cross has the only known roasting jack still in use in America.
He made roasting jacks, commonly known as 'bottlejacks' from their shape.