\ ˈstōv How to pronounce stove (audio) \

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

Noun She put the pan on the stove over medium heat. I cooked the burgers on the stove.
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Investigators said the fire was a result of cooking on the stove and remains under investigation. Washington Post, 7 Oct. 2021 And convenience—the grain cooks in just five minutes in the microwave or on the stove. Anna Haines, Forbes, 28 Sep. 2021 Patricia asks her daughter while mixing the ingredients on the stove — later hilariously admitting. Sabrina Weiss,, 20 Sep. 2021 Heat on the stove, stirring the mixture until the sugar is dissolved. Washington Post, 16 Sep. 2021 Dozen of residents have gone without hot water in winter and resorted to boiling water on the stove and carrying it to the bath. Ko Lyn Cheang, The Indianapolis Star, 30 Aug. 2021 While bacon grease canisters residing on the back of the stove were once commonplace, storing it in an airtight container in the fridge or freezer is recommended to prolong quality. Washington Post, 10 Sep. 2021 The kitchen has a stove, oven, microwave and stainless steel refrigerator. Abigail Rosenthal, Chron, 1 Sep. 2021 The kitchen in Terra is especially nice, with a full refrigerator/freezer, stove, oven, microwave and coffee maker (with complimentary coffee). Kim Westerman, Forbes, 1 Sep. 2021

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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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The first known use of stove was circa 1618

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13 Oct 2021

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“Stove.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Oct. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of stove

: 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) : kiln


\ 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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