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1. a water bath, a piece of equipment that may use hot water to maintain hot food.
2. a "dry" Bain-marie uses only heated air.
3. To gently cook products.
4. A pot with hot water under a bowl.
5. In Kitchen colloquialism, it is sometimes referred to as the Container itself. The stainless steel 'pot' that is placed in the hot water. Of various sizes.