• (RP) IPA: /stəʊv/
  • (America) IPA: /stoʊv/

stove (plural stoves)

  1. A heater, a closed apparatus to burn fuel for the warming of a room.
  2. A device for heating food, (UK) a cooker.
  3. (chiefly, UK) A hothouse heated greenhouse.
    • 1850, M. A. Burnett, Plantae utiliores: or illustrations of useful plants, employed in the arts and medicine, part 8:
      There existed only one specimen of this sacred tree in all Mexico, at least to the knowledge of the Mexicans; […] In spite, however, of the firmest convictions of the indivisibility of this tree — the Manitas, as it is commonly called — it has been propagated by cuttings, some of which are at this moment thriving in some of the larger stoves of our modern collectors.
    • 1854, in The Horticultural Review and Botanical Magazine, volume 4, page 208:
      Let but these facts lie contrasted with the treatment they usually receive in the stoves of this country, and the reason why they never grow to any considerable size, attain to any degree of perfection, or flourish to any extent […]
  4. (dated) A house or room artificially warmed or heated.
    • When most of the waiters were commanded away to their supper, the parlour or stove being nearly emptied, in came a company of musketeers.
    • How tedious is it to them that live in stoves and caves half a year together, as in Iceland, Muscovy, or under the pole!
Translations Translations Verb

stove (stoves, present participle stoving; past and past participle stoved)

  1. (transitive) To heat or dry, as in a stove.
    to stove feathers
  2. (transitive) To keep warm, in a house or room, by artificial heat.
    to stove orange trees
  1. Simple past tense and past participle of stave
    • 1851, Herman Melville, Moby-Dick, chapters 7 and 36:
      [A]ye, a stove boat will make me an immortal by brevet.
      "A dead whale or a stove boat!"

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