\ 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

Her lone full-time employee is a craftsman who hammers a steady supply of fifty-five-gallon steel oil drums into sheet metal and refashions each one into five small charcoal stoves. Rowan Moore Gerety, Harper's magazine, "Downstream," 10 June 2019 The hot stove season ended for baseball Thursday, with two months of games already played, far closer to the All-Star game than the winter meetings. Andy Mccullough,, "Braves sign starter Dallas Keuchel to a one-year deal," 6 June 2019 But earlier this week, Mark Miles poured some cold water over the sizzling hot stove of rumors. Jim Ayello, Indianapolis Star, "Mark Miles: IndyCar-NASCAR doubleheader a ‘longshot’," 6 June 2019 Don't want your camping mugs and stoves getting wet? Rebekah Lowin, Country Living, "Amazon Sells a 9-Person Camping Tent That'll Fit the Whole Family—and It's on Sale Today," 28 May 2019 For cooks, though, going no-carbon means next-generation stove-top cooking without gas. Tony Bizjak, The Seattle Times, "10 hot home innovations — from dog showers to doorbell cams," 26 Oct. 2018 While tea is steeping, bring cherry juice to a simmer either on the stove top or in the microwave. Joy Bauer, Ms, Woman's Day, "Ginger-Tumeric Cherry Tea," 24 Oct. 2018 For their flagship design, the Beartooth van boasts a small galley kitchen with diesel stove top, built-in sink, refrigerator, and flip-open counter tops that provide more space for prep. Megan Barber, Curbed, "Luxury camper van fits all the essentials in 112 square feet," 16 Oct. 2018 Add the remaining 1/3 cup of port or madeira and boil it down rapidly on the stove top, scraping up coagulated roasting juices and reducing the liquid to 2 or 3 tablespoons. Daniel Neman, sacbee, "Main dishes? Fruit is not forbidden," 26 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)


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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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