\ 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 Jones, her blue hair in curls, keeps an eye on the vegan hot dog and strawberries that her daughter, Daejonne Bennett, 26, are searing on the stove. Christina Tkacik,, "Mother and daughter team up to run hot dog business out of Baltimore’s old Woman’s Industrial Exchange," 7 May 2021 Take a look at our picks and don’t let your food crisp up too much on the stove. Chris Hachey, BGR, "Best Refrigerator Organizer," 4 May 2021 To free up cabinet space, the kettle lives on the stove, knives and pot holders are mounted to the side of the fridge, and a big basket on top of the fridge serves as a makeshift pantry for bags of snacks. Jody Garlock, Better Homes & Gardens, "An 1,100-Square-Foot Cape Cod Home That Proves You Don't Have to Sacrifice Style in a Small Space," 3 May 2021 The two young girls die after a pot of boiling water melts on the stove and falls on clothing in their basement apartment in West Woodlawn. Cecilia Reyes,, "42 fires, 61 deaths: A story of failed city oversight," 23 Apr. 2021 Later that night, my mom would fill with water a pot large enough to take a bath in and bring it to a boil on the stove. Ben Mims, Los Angeles Times, "Getting the most out of cooking with fresh fava beans," 22 Apr. 2021 Reheat in the microwave on full power (covered) or on the stove top over medium-low to medium heat, stirring occasionally. Washington Post, "Misir wot is the spicy, one-pot lentil dish we’ll never tire of," 21 Apr. 2021 His uncle has the natural ability to put a pot of something on the stove, throw several spices in with his eyes closed, and serve the family an incredible dinner. Mary Shannon Wells, Southern Living, "My Husband's Secret to Irresistible Roasted Asparagus Is Sitting In Your Spice Rack," 21 Apr. 2021 In the early 1930s, Alfred Woelbing created his own line of lip balm on the stove in his family's kitchen in Milwaukee. Chris Foran, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "14 things you might not have if it weren't for Milwaukee, from typewriters to Oprah. You're welcome.," 14 Apr. 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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10 May 2021

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“Stove.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 May. 2021.

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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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