- an apparatus consisting of a metal dish with a lamp or heating appliance beneath it, for cooking food or keeping it hot at the table.
- a vessel that holds charcoal or the like, for heating anything set over it.
Origin of chafing dish
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Examples from the Web for chafing dish
Or take a chafing-dish of burning charcoal, place it under the branches of the bush or tree, and throw on it a little brimstone.
You have told me that when you go home you make yourself a chafing-dish supper.Mary Gray
The eyes of the rest of the chapter were fastened on the chafing-dish.
"Tell us about it, Ralph," said Duncan, as he emptied the cubes of cheese into the chafing-dish.
It was necessary, before all, to dry their clothing, which was done with the chafing-dish.A Winter Amid the Ice
- a vessel with a heating apparatus beneath it, for cooking or keeping food warm at the table
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