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stove

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[ stohv ]
/ stoʊv /
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noun

a portable or fixed apparatus that furnishes heat for warmth, cooking, etc., commonly using coal, oil, gas, wood, or electricity as a source of power.
a heated chamber or box for some special purpose, as a drying room or a kiln for firing pottery.

verb (used with object), stoved, stov·ing.

to treat with or subject to heat, as in a stove.

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heater, oven, microwave, kiln, cooker, boiler, warmer

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stout-hearted, stouten, stouthearted, stoutish, stoutly, stove, stove bolt, stove coal, stove enamel, stovepipe, stovepipe hat

Origin of stove

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1425–75; (noun) late Middle English: sweat bath, heated room, probably < Middle Dutch, Middle Low German, cognate with Old English stofa, stofu heated room for bathing, Old High German stuba (German Stube room; cf. bierstube), Old Norse stofa; early Germanic borrowing < Vulgar Latin *extupa, *extūpa (> French étuve sweat room of a bath; cf. stew1), noun derivative of *extūpāre, *extūfāre to fill with vapor, equivalent to Latin ex- ex-1 + Vulgar Latin *-tūfāre < Greek tȳ́phein to raise smoke, smoke, akin to tŷphos fever (see typhus); alternatively explained as a native Germanic base, borrowed into Romance (cf. izba); (v.) late Middle English stoven to subject to hot-air bath, derivative of the noun

Definition for stove (2 of 3)

stove

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[ stohv ]
/ stoʊv /

verb

a simple past tense and past participle of stave.

Definition for stove (3 of 3)

Origin of stave

1125–75; (noun) Middle English, back formation from staves; (v.) derivative of the noun
SYNONYMS FOR stave
4 See verse.
Related formsun·staved, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for stove (1 of 3)

stove

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/ (stəʊv) /

noun

another word for cooker (def. 1)
any heating apparatus, such as a kiln

verb (tr)

to process (ceramics, metalwork, etc) by heating in a stove
Scot to stew (meat, vegetables, etc)

Word Origin for stove

Old English stofa bathroom; related to Old High German stuba steam room, Greek tuphos smoke

British Dictionary definitions for stove (2 of 3)

stove

2
/ (stəʊv) /

verb

a past tense and past participle of stave

British Dictionary definitions for stove (3 of 3)

stave

/ (steɪv) /

noun

verb staves, staving, staved or stove

Word Origin for stave

C14: back formation from staves, plural of staff 1
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