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


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past tense and past participle of stave

Example Sentences

Noun She put the pan on the stove over medium heat. I cooked the burgers on the stove.
Recent Examples on the Web
Have 6 cups of hot water or vegetable broth simmering on the stove. Morgan Hines, USA TODAY, 11 Jan. 2023 Start by making the homemade pot pie filling on the stove before finishing it in the oven. Katlyn Moncada, Better Homes & Gardens, 5 Jan. 2023 With so many relatives around, there was always something cooking on the stove. Los Angeles Times, 5 Jan. 2023 Blackburn instructed Thomas to gather towels or blankets, to grab a flashlight and a bowl and to put some water on the stove. Wendy Grossman Kantor, Peoplemag, 30 Dec. 2022 If something is really burned onto the bottom of a pot, fill it with water and dish soap and set it back on the stove to simmer, says Forté. Maya Pottiger, Washington Post, 27 Dec. 2022 To cook fresh bell peppers down to the same level of tenderness would take over 30 minutes on the stove or in the oven—not including the messy steps of deseeding and peeling them. Kendra Vaculin, Bon Appétit, 20 Dec. 2022 Alternatively, heat all the ingredients up in a pan on the stove. Karla Alindahao, Forbes, 18 Dec. 2022 Barchie was holding Andrea on her hip one recent day, while stirring a single package of ramen noodles in a sauce pot on the stove to feed three people. Alexa Gagosz,, 17 Dec. 2022 See More

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Word History



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

First Known Use


circa 1618, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Time Traveler
The first known use of stove was circa 1618

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Cite this Entry

“Stove.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Jan. 2023.

Kids Definition


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: an appliance that burns fuel or uses electricity to provide heat (as for cooking or heating)
: kiln


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past and past participle of stave entry 2

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