- The definition of a stove is a device that uses wood, electricity or gas for heating a room, or for cooking.
An example of a stove is something with a flame used for cooking inside a house.
- an apparatus using fuel or electricity for heating a room, for cooking, etc.
- any heated chamber or room, as a kiln for drying manufactured articles
Origin of stoveMiddle English ; from Middle Dutch heated room, akin to German stube, sitting room, Old English stofa, hot air bath ; from early borrowing ; from Vulgar Latin an unverified form extufa, back-formation ; from an unverified form extufare, to steam, stew
- An apparatus in which electricity or a fuel is used to furnish heat, as for cooking or warmth.
- A device that produces heat for specialized, especially industrial, purposes.
- A kiln.
- Chiefly British A hothouse.
Origin of stoveMiddle English, heated room, probably from Middle Low German or Middle Dutch, both probably from Vulgar Latin *extūfa, from *extūfāre, to heat with steam; see stew.
(third-person singular simple present stoves, present participle stoving, simple past and past participle stoved)
- To heat or dry, as in a stove.
- to stove feathers
- To keep warm, in a house or room, by artificial heat.
- to stove orange trees
Part or all of this entry has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster's Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.
From Middle Dutch, from Middle Low German, from Old High German stubÄ, stupÄ (“heated room"), from Proto-Germanic *stubÅ (“room, living room, heated room"). Cognate with Old English stofa, stofu (“bathroom, bathhouse"), Old Norse stofa (whence Icelandic stofa (“living room"), Norwegian stove and Danish and Norwegian stue).
- Simple past tense and past participle of stave.
Variant of stave
- any of the thin, shaped strips of wood or metal, set edge to edge to form or strengthen the wall of a barrel, bucket, etc.
- any similar slat, bar, rung, stay, etc.
- a stick or staff
- a set of verses, or lines, of a song or poem; stanza
- Music staff (sense )
Origin of staveMiddle English taken as singular of staves, plural of staf, staff
transitive verbstaved or stove, staving
- to puncture or smash, esp. by breaking in a stave or staves
- to beat as with a staff
- to furnish with staves