American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. An apparatus in which electricity or a fuel is used to furnish heat, as for cooking or warmth.
- n. A device that produces heat for specialized, especially industrial, purposes.
- n. A kiln.
- n. Chiefly British A hothouse.
- v. A past tense and a past participle of stave.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A room, chamber, or house artificially warmed. [Obsolete except in the specific uses , , below.]
- n. Specifically— In horticulture, a glazed and artificially heated building for the culture of tender plants: the same as a greenhouse or hot house, except that the stove maintains a higher temperature—not lower than 60° F. See greenhouse, hothouse, and dry-stove.
- n. A drying-chamber, as for plants, extracts, conserves, etc.; also, a highly heated drying-room, used in various manufactures.
- n. A place for taking either liquid or vapor baths; a bath-house or bath-room.
- n. A closed or partly closed vessel or receiver in which fuel is burned, the radiated heat being utilized for warming a room or for cooking. Stoves are made of cast-iron and sheet-iron, and also of earthenware in the form of tiles cemented together, of plaster held together by a frame of wire, or the like, and of masonry solidly put together. The stoves of tiles, masonry, etc., radiate less heat than iron stoves, but when heated remain hot for a long time. Stoves are divided into the two main classes of cooking-stoves and warming-stoves, and are also classified according to the fuel used, as wood-stoves, gas-stoves, etc. There are many varieties, named according to their use, as the car-stove, camp-stove, foot-stove, tinmen's stove, etc., or according to some attachment, as a water-back stove. Warming-stoves range from the open fireplace or Franklin stove to magazine and baseburning fireplaces and heaters for warming more than one room, which are more properly furnaces. The word was first used in English in this sense as applied to foot-stoves. See foot-stove, oil-stove, gas-stove.
- n. In coram., a pottery-kiln.
- n. In a furnace, the oven in which the blast is heated.
- n. In bookbinding, an apparatus with which the finisher heats his tools, formerly made to burn charcoal, but latterly gas.
- n. to a kind of fireplace with back and sides of ironwork and some arrangement for heating the air in chambers which communicate with the room.
- To heat in a stove or heated room; expose to moderate heat in a vessel. Specifically— To keep warm in a house or room by artificial heat: as, to
- To heat in or as in a stove: as, to stove feathers; to stove printed fabrics (to fix the color); to stove ropes (to make them pliable); to stove timber.
- In vinegar-manuf., to expose (malt-wash, etc.) in casks to artificial heat in a close room, in order to induce acetous fermentation.
- In ceramics, to expose to a low heat. See pottery, porcelain, and kiln.
- To cook in a close vessel; stew.
- To shut up, as in a stove; inclose; confine.
- Preterit and past participle of stave.
- n. A chamber in which hides are dehaired.
- n. A stove having a tank or reservoir for hot water.
- In wool-bleaching, to expose (woolen yarn or cloth) in a dampened condition to the fumes of burning sulphur, and hence to the action of sulphurous acid, in a closed, usually wooden, building. The same treatment is sometimes applied to silk.
- n. A heater, a closed apparatus to burn fuel for the warming of a room.
- n. A device for heating food, (UK) a cooker.
- n. chiefly UK A hothouse (in which plants are kept).
- v. transitive To heat or dry, as in a stove.
- v. transitive To keep warm, in a house or room, by artificial heat.
- v. Simple past tense and past participle of stave.
GNU Webster's 1913
- imp. of stave.
- n. A house or room artificially warmed or heated; a forcing house, or hothouse; a drying room; -- formerly, designating an artificially warmed dwelling or room, a parlor, or a bathroom, but now restricted, in this sense, to heated houses or rooms used for horticultural purposes or in the processes of the arts.
- n. An apparatus, consisting essentially of a receptacle for fuel, made of iron, brick, stone, or tiles, and variously constructed, in which fire is made or kept for warming a room or a house, or for culinary or other purposes.
- n. An appliance having a top surface with fittings suitable for heating pots and pans for cooking, frying, or boiling food, most commonly heated by gas or electricity, and often combined with an oven in a single unit; a cooking stove. Such units commonly have two to six heating surfaces, called burners, even if they are heated by electricity rather than a gas flame.
- v. To keep warm, in a house or room, by artificial heat.
- v. To heat or dry, as in a stove.
- n. any heating apparatus
- n. a kitchen appliance used for cooking food
- From Middle Dutch, from Middle Low German, from Old High German stubā, stupā ("heated room"), from Proto-Germanic *stubō (“room, living room, heated room”). Cognate with Old English stofa, stofu ("bathroom, bathhouse"), Old Norse stofa (whence Icelandic stofa ("living room"), Norwegian stove and Danish and Norwegian stue). (Wiktionary)
- Middle English, heated room, probably from Middle Low German or Middle Dutch, both probably from Vulgar Latin *extūfa, from *extūfāre, to heat with steam; see stew. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“Add a not-too-thin film of oil and add the scallops one at a time; brown them well on the first side for as long as 5 minutes, adjusting the heat so they don't burn which on my stove translates as "leave the heat on high", then turn and brown lightly on the second.”
“And now that we have proper jacket-and-scarf weather happening in New York City, spending a few hours at the stove is a welcome prospect.”
“Boiling lemon wedges, nutmeg, or cinnamon sticks in hot water on the stove is a really nice scent treat.”
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