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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th 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.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • 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. A hothouse (in which plants are kept).
  • v. To heat or dry, as in a stove.
  • v. To keep warm, in a house or room, by artificial heat.
  • v. Simple past tense and past participle of stave.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • imp. of stave.
  • n.
  • 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.
  • transitive v. To keep warm, in a house or room, by artificial heat.
  • transitive v. To heat or dry, as in a stove.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To heat in a stove or heated room; expose to moderate heat in a vessel.
  • 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.
  • 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 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.
  • 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.
  • n. A chamber in which hides are dehaired.
  • n. A stove having a tank or reservoir for hot water.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. any heating apparatus
  • n. a kitchen appliance used for cooking food

Etymologies

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)
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)

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