\ˈstōv \

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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Remove from stove, garnish with cilantro, and enjoy! Nazima Qureshi, SELF, "I'm a Registered Dietitian and Here's What I Learned Going Vegan for a Week," 25 Nov. 2018 The 18-pound portable stove is easy to use: Just place firewood on the fuel rack, set alight, and get ready to make some delicious campfire food. Jennifer Aldrich, Country Living, "You Can Make Wood-Fired Pizza Anytime, Anywhere With This Outdoor Pizza Oven," 23 July 2018 After each student has had a turn with the knife, their work is added to a pot of vinegar, sugar, and spices that AmeriCorps VISTA member Kelly Baker has been tending over an electric tabletop stove. Tara Massouleh,, "This homegrown nonprofit is teaching our city's youth through farming," 9 Apr. 2018 One-pot meal kits work in Instapots, crock pot, Dutch ovens or just regular stove-top pots. 12. $1 oysters Keep an eye out for the Buck a Shuck special in the seafood market. Amy Bartner, Indianapolis Star, "The 15 things you have to do, see and eat at Whole Foods in Downtown Indianapolis," 21 Mar. 2018 Place eggs in pot over the stove, then cover with lukewarm water. Sarah Rense, Esquire, "How to Hard Boil an Egg," 23 Jan. 2018 In 2009 Kimball masterminded a 12-course dinner straight from the original cookbook, prepared by a team of cooks using authentic ingredients, cooked over an antique woodburning stove, and served to the acclaim of a tableful of guests. CBS News, "Almanac: Fannie Farmer," 7 Jan. 2018 The Summit’s galley is spacious with a deep countertop over dividers for an ice cooler, water tank, and shelves for the camp stove. Megan Barber, Curbed, "Teardrop trailer features bunkbeds to sleep a family of 4," 23 Oct. 2018 Parts of the roof have caved in, wooden panels are missing and the kitchen stoves have rusted. Lefteris Pitarakis, Fox News, "AP PHOTOS: Istanbul's historic orphanage awaits salvation," 9 Sep. 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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The first known use of stove was circa 1618

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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)


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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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to move with a clumsy heavy tread

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