from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- transitive v. To cook (food) by simmering or boiling slowly.
- intransitive v. To undergo cooking by boiling slowly or simmering. See Synonyms at boil1.
- intransitive v. Informal To suffer with oppressive heat or stuffy confinement; swelter.
- intransitive v. Informal To be in a state of anxiety or agitation. See Synonyms at brood.
- n. A dish cooked by stewing, especially a mixture of meat or fish and vegetables with stock.
- n. A mixture likened to this dish.
- n. Informal Mental agitation: in a stew over the lost keys.
- n. Archaic A brothel. Often used in the plural.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A prostitute.
- n. A pool in which fish are kept in preparation for eating.
- n. A state of agitated excitement, worry, and/or confusion.
- v. To cook (food) by slowly boiling or simmering.
- v. To brew (tea) for too long, so that the flavour becomes too strong.
- v. To suffer under uncomfortably hot conditions.
- v. To be in a state of elevated anxiety or anger.
- n. A steward or stewardess on an airplane.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A small pond or pool where fish are kept for the table; a vivarium.
- n. An artificial bed of oysters.
- transitive v. To boil slowly, or with the simmering or moderate heat; to seethe; to cook in a little liquid, over a gentle fire, without boiling.
- intransitive v. To be seethed or cooked in a slow, gentle manner, or in heat and moisture.
- n. A place of stewing or seething; a place where hot bathes are furnished; a hothouse.
- n. A brothel; -- usually in the plural.
- n. A prostitute.
- n. A dish prepared by stewing.
- n. A state of agitating excitement; a state of worry; confusion.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A heated room, especially such a room for bathing purposes; a hothouse; a stove.
- n. Specifically, a hatters' drying-room.
- n. A room; a chamber; a closet.
- n. A brothel; a bagnio: often used in the plural, sometimes with the force of a singular noun.
- n. A lock hospital. See hospital.
- n. A prostitute: sometimes in the plural form with a singular meaning.
- n. A close vessel in which something is cooked or stewed; a stew-pot or stew-pan.
- n. Food cooked by stewing; especially, meat or fish prepared by slow cooking in a liquid.
- n. A state of agitation or ferment; mental disturbance; worry; fuss.
- To bathe, as in a liquid or a vapor-bath.
- Figuratively, to steep.
- To cook (food) by simmering or slowly boiling; prepare by cooking in a liquid kept at the simmering-point: as, to stew meat or fruit; to stew oysters.
- To be cooked by slowly simmering.
- n. A pond, usually artificial, used for domestic purposes; especially, a pool or tank in which fish are kept until needed for the table; a vivarium; a stew-pond.
- n. A breeding-place for tame pheasants.
- n. An artificial bed of oysters: used of the old Roman and also of the modern methods of fattening.
- n. Dust; a cloud of dust, smoke, or vapor.
- A Middle English variant of stow.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. be in a huff; be silent or sullen
- v. bear a grudge; harbor ill feelings
- n. agitation resulting from active worry
- n. food prepared by stewing especially meat or fish with vegetables
- v. cook slowly and for a long time in liquid
Middle English stewen, to bathe in a steam bath, stew, from Old French estuver, possibly from Vulgar Latin *extūpāre, *extūfāre, to bathe, evaporate : Latin ex-, ex- + Vulgar Latin *tūfus, hot vapor (from Greek tūphos, fever; see typhus).(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Old French estuve (modern French étuve), from Medieval Latin stupha, perhaps ultimately from Ancient Greek τῦφος ("smoke, steam"). (Wiktionary)