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Definition of stove

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1a : a portable or fixed apparatus that burns fuel or uses electricity to provide heat (as for cooking or heating)
b : a device that generates heat for special purposes (as for heating tools or heating air for a hot blast)
c : kiln
2 chiefly British : a hothouse especially for the cultivation of tropical exotics broadly : greenhouse


Definition of stove (Entry 2 of 2)

past tense and past participle of stave

Examples of stove in a Sentence


She put the pan on the stove over medium heat. I cooked the burgers on the stove.

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An early-morning fire that forced residents from a three-story apartment building in Hartford Friday might have started on a stove, a fire official said. Christine Dempsey,, "Hartford apartment building fire displaced 12 families," 12 July 2019 Other products include camp chairs, hammocks, headlamps, lanterns, power bank chargers, stoves, coolers, and even a portable pressure shower. Megan Barber, Curbed, "Now you can rent outdoor gear with your campsite," 11 July 2019 Manitoba Hydro went on to explain that carbon monoxide is produced by the incomplete combustion and ventilation of appliances such as gas stoves, heating boilers, furnaces, propane barbecues, gas-powered water heaters and clothes dryers. Julia Thompson, USA TODAY, "46 people hospitalized after carbon monoxide exposure at Canadian hotel," 9 July 2019 Most women in low-income countries still cook using the three-stone stove, which gives off incredibly toxic fumes. Lauren Goode, WIRED, "Why Everything From Transit to iPhones Is Biased Toward Men," 2 July 2019 In a six-year-old, 3,100-square-foot home in Douglasville, a suburb of Atlanta, Amherst had installed four gleaming new GE appliances: stove, dishwasher, fridge, and microwave. Shawn Tully, Fortune, "Meet the A.I. Landlord That’s Building a Single-Family-Home Empire," 21 June 2019 The goods imported by outdoor recreation companies on the last list of tariffs included hats, camp chairs, stoves, backpacks, kayaks, bicycles and bicycle parts. Judith Kohler, The Denver Post, "Outdoor recreation industry faces ballooning costs if new tariffs are slapped on, analysis shows," 18 June 2019 All that’s required is a tiny spark—from a pilot light, or someone turning on a burner on a stove, even a thermostat switching on. Nathaniel Penn, Popular Mechanics, "The Day the Town Blew Up," 3 June 2019 With the advent of gas stoves, refrigerators, and more streamlined appliances—plus the decline in household staff—in the 20th century, the kitchen became the domain of the woman of the house. Hadley Keller, House Beautiful, "Kim Kardashian West's House Has Two Kitchens, and Apparently, It's a Trend," 11 Apr. 2019

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First Known Use of stove


circa 1618, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for stove


Middle English (Scots), heated room, steam bath, from Middle Dutch or Middle Low German, from Vulgar Latin *extufa, ultimately from Latin ex- + Greek typhein to smoke — more at deaf

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English Language Learners Definition of stove

chiefly US : a flat piece of kitchen equipment for cooking that usually has four devices (called burners) which become hot when they are turned on and that often is attached to an oven
: a device that burns fuel for heating or cooking
: an oven or furnace that is used for hardening, burning, or drying something (such as pottery)


\ ˈstōv How to pronounce stove (audio) \

Kids Definition of stove

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a device usually of iron or steel that burns fuel or uses electricity to provide heat (as for cooking or heating)


Kids Definition of stove (Entry 2 of 2)

past tense and past participle of stave

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