A heated metalic press-like device that bears a distinctive raised-cubes pattern on the face of the press. A mixture of flour, leavening, eggs, and oil is poured onto the lower half of the press, then the upper half is folded down until the resulting quick-bread mixture is baked to a delicate brown color. The resulting waffle is enjoyed with butter, syrup, and often various fruits.

According to the instruction manual of my ancient WWI-era waffle iron, you can also use the iron to cook some meats, make toast, and even do some light baking.

It is commonly said that the Nike company started their product line after the founder put a piece of rubber into a waffle iron, and thought the resulting waffle pattern would make good soles on shoes.