- 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.
- to treat with or subject to heat, as in a stove.
Origin of stove1
- a simple past tense and past participle of stave.
- one of the thin, narrow, shaped pieces of wood that form the sides of a cask, tub, or similar vessel.
- a stick, rod, pole, or the like.
- a rung of a ladder, chair, etc.
- a verse or stanza of a poem or song.
- the alliterating sound in a line of verse, as the w-sound in wind in the willows.
- Music. staff1(def 10).
- to break in a stave or staves of (a cask or barrel) so as to release the wine, liquor, or other contents.
- to release (wine, liquor, etc.) by breaking the cask or barrel.
- to break or crush (something) inward (often followed by in).
- to break (a hole) in, especially in the hull of a boat.
- to break to pieces; splinter; smash.
- to furnish with a stave or staves.
- to beat with a stave or staff.
- to become staved in, as a boat; break in or up.
- to move along rapidly.
- stave off,
- to put, ward, or keep off, as by force or evasion.
- to prevent in time; forestall: He wasn't able to stave off bankruptcy.
Origin of stave
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Examples from the Web for stove
Contemporary Examples of stove
Putin, with his comments Friday, just moved it to the front of the stove.Putin Threatens Nuclear War Over Ukraine
Gordon G. Chang
August 31, 2014
I was stuck between the sink and the stove, which I thought was fantastic!Julianna Margulies's Favorite 'The Good Wife' Scenes
August 11, 2014
There is also a mysterious Moomin ancestor who lives permanently in the stove.Tove Jansson, Queen of the Moomins
August 9, 2014
He is, however, obedient about not turning on the stove burner without permission.The Ridiculousness of Father's Day
P. J. O’Rourke
June 15, 2014
It was almost as large as the front room, with a stove, a refrigerator, a good-sized table and, in one corner, another double bed.Stanley Booth on the Life and Hard Times of Blues Genius Furry Lewis
June 7, 2014
Historical Examples of stove
When it is cold, the dog finds a spot in front of the stove.Ancient Man
Hendrik Willem van Loon
The daily newspaper lay by the stove, with the corner torn accusingly.Viviette
William J. Locke
Remove from the stove, allow them to cool, and serve with cream.Woman's Institute Library of Cookery, Vol. 5
Woman's Institute of Domestic Arts and Sciences
(b) How should they be adjusted for cooking on top of the stove?Woman's Institute Library of Cookery, Vol. 1
Woman's Institute of Domestic Arts and Sciences
Why do you make such a deafening noise, you pussy cat, there behind the stove?Rico and Wiseli
- another word for cooker (def. 1)
- any heating apparatus, such as a kiln
- to process (ceramics, metalwork, etc) by heating in a stove
- Scot to stew (meat, vegetables, etc)
Word Origin for stove
- a past tense and past participle of stave
- any one of a number of long strips of wood joined together to form a barrel, bucket, boat hull, etc
- any of various bars, slats, or rods, usually of wood, such as a rung of a ladder or a crosspiece bracing the legs of a chair
- any stick, staff, etc
- a stanza or verse of a poem
- Britishan individual group of five lines and four spaces used in staff notation
- another word for staff 1 (def. 9)
- (often foll by in) to break or crush (the staves of a boat, barrel, etc) or (of the staves of a boat) to be broken or crushed
- (tr usually foll by in) to burst or force (a hole in something)
- (tr) to provide (a ladder, chair, etc) with a stave or staves
- (tr) Scot to sprain (a finger, toe, etc)
Word Origin for stave
mid-15c., "heated room, bath-room," from Middle Low German or Middle Dutch stove, both meaning "heated room," which was the original sense in English; a general West Germanic word (cf. Old English stofa "bath-room," German Stube "sitting room") of uncertain relationship to similar words in Romance languages (cf. Italian stufa, French étuve "sweating-room;" see stew (v.)). One theory traces them all to Vulgar Latin *extufare "take a steam bath." The meaning "device for heating or cooking" is first recorded 1610s. Stove pipe is recorded from 1690s; as a type of tall cylindrical hat for men, from 1851.
"piece of a barrel," 1750, back-formation from staves (late 14c.), plural of staff (cf. leaves/leaf), possibly from Old English, but not recorded there. The verb (to stave in, past tense stove) is 1590s, originally nautical, on notion of bashing in the staves of a cask and letting out the contents; stave off (1620s) is literally "keep off with a staff," as of dogs.