English edit

Etymology edit

un- +‎ cook

Pronunciation edit

  • (file)

Verb edit

uncook (third-person singular simple present uncooks, present participle uncooking, simple past and past participle uncooked)

  1. (transitive) To undo the act of cooking.
    • 2019, Andy Brennan, Uncultivated, page 65:
      You can't uncultivate anything, in the same way you can't uncook your food.
  2. (computing, slang, transitive) To repair (an MP3 audio file) that has been damaged ("cooked") by being converted through a text format and having line breaks applied to it.
    • 1999, y2kilroy, “New Freeware Utility to uncook mp3's!”, in alt.music.mp3 (Usenet):
      Hi all! I have developed a freeware utility to uncook MP3's...
    • 2000, Xorys, “Creating audio CD from mp3 files”, in alt.music.mp3 (Usenet):
      If you "uncook" a file that isn't "cooked" you will just mess it up (and I don't know of any way to fix it then) - so uncooking should be used with caution (I'd suggest never over-writing the original file).