\ 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


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

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Your backpack, stove, headlamp, and even some of your clothing should perform well. Kraig Becker, Popular Mechanics, "Winter Camping: How To Get Outdoors When It's Freezing Cold," 14 Feb. 2019 The houseboat, with features such as Miele appliances and a contemporary wood-burning stove, cost about $575,000 to build and furnish. J.s. Marcus, WSJ, "Rock ’n’ roll Living on a Nautical Man Cave," 14 Nov. 2018 Most include items appropriate to the vintage of each RV including coffee cans, Coleman stoves, kitchen utensils and games that Jack Sisemore collected. John Goodspeed, San Antonio Express-News, "RV museum chronicles Americans’ love of camping," 12 July 2018 The 10-by-24-foot wood structure has insulated panels, a kerosene stove, an outhouse and a big loft that can easily sleep between 10 and 12 people, Hinds said. Devin Kelly, Anchorage Daily News, "A new hut with dramatic views rose up this summer in Alaska’s Hatcher Pass backcountry," 8 July 2018 Inside both series are a kitchen (including a sink, stove, fridge, and cupboard), bathroom (with a toilet, shower, and sink), a bistro table, and a multi-purpose space for hanging out and sleeping. Taylor Mead, House Beautiful, "You Could Live In This Tiny Houseboat For $61,000," 6 July 2018 Leave the soup or beans in their cooking pots on the stove, lay plates and bowls, utensils and glasses on the kitchen counter, and that’s it. Sara Franklin, charlotteobserver, "No courses, no assigned seats, no-hassle dinner party," 19 June 2018 Onions were grilling on the black iron stove in the back, making the air smell salty. John Carlisle, Detroit Free Press, "Tavern always on the rocks serves nostalgia with a twist," 18 June 2018 In one house, a skillet and spatula are still posed on a stove, now filled with ash. Washington Post, "AP PHOTOS: Traces of life trapped beneath volcano’s ash," 13 June 2018

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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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