American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A chamber or enclosed compartment for heating, baking, or roasting food, as in a stove, or for firing, baking, hardening, or drying objects, as in a kiln.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A chamber or receptacle in which food is cooked by the heat radiated from the walls, roof, or floor. A chamber built of brick, tiles, or the like, and usually heated by fuel which is allowed to burn away before the food is introduced, the cooking being done by the heat retained.
- n. In general, any inclosed chamber adapted to or used for applying heat to raw materials or to articles in process of manufacture. The heat so applied may be radiated from the previously or continuously heated walls of the inclosure, or it may be derived from currents of heated air or gases or superheated vapors circulated through the oven, from interior or exterior coils of pipes heated by steam or hot water, or from the solar rays. The name oven is given to a great variety of structures and devices employed in domestic industry, in chemical operations, and in the mechanical arts.
- n. A furnace.
- n. An oven-bird or its nest.
- n. In bacteriology, a compartment which can be heated and maintained at a temperature sufficient to sterilize glassware and various bacteriological apparatus. Also hot-air sterilizer.
- To bake in an oven.
- To inclose; muffle up in an oven.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. A place arched over with brick or stonework, and used for baking, heating, or drying; hence, any structure, whether fixed or portable, which may be heated for baking, drying, etc.; esp., now, a chamber in a stove, used for baking or roasting.
- n. kitchen appliance used for baking or roasting
- From Middle English oven, from Old English ofen, ofn. (Wiktionary)
- Middle English, from Old English ofen. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
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“Then, in the beginning of September, they had ptomaine poisoning from meat which had been too long in what they called the oven, which was a biscuit box, hung over the blubber stove, into which they placed the frozen meat to thaw it out.”
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“The heat of the oven is an intense heat, especially as it is here described; he that heats it stirs up the fire, and ceases not from raising it up, till the bread is ready to be put in, being kneaded and leavened, all which only signifies that they are like an oven when it is at the hottest; nay, when it is too hot for the baker (so the learned Dr. Pocock), when it is hotter than he would have it, so that the raiser up of the fire ceases as long as while the dough that is kneaded is in the fermenting, that the heat may abate a little.”
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