1. [syn: stove, kitchen stove, range, kitchen range, cooking stove]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Stove \Stove\, n. [D. stoof a foot stove, originally, a heated
room, a room for a bath; akin to G. stube room, OHG. stuba a
heated room, AS. stofe, Icel. stofa a room, bathing room, Sw.
stufva, stuga, a room, Dan. stue; of unknown origin. Cf.
Estufa, Stew, Stufa.]
1. A house or room artificially warmed or heated; a forcing
house, or hothouse; a drying room; -- formerly,
designating an artificially warmed dwelling or room, a
parlor, or a bathroom, but now restricted, in this sense,
to heated houses or rooms used for horticultural purposes
or in the processes of the arts.
When most of the waiters were commanded away to
their supper, the parlor or stove being nearly
emptied, in came a company of musketeers. --Earl of
How tedious is it to them that live in stoves and
caves half a year together, as in Iceland, Muscovy,
or under the pole! --Burton.
2. An apparatus, consisting essentially of a receptacle for
fuel, made of iron, brick, stone, or tiles, and variously
constructed, in which fire is made or kept for warming a
room or a house, or for culinary or other purposes.
3. Hence, in modern dwellings: An appliance having a top
surface with fittings suitable for heating pots and pans
for cooking, frying, or boiling food, most commonly heated
by gas or electricity, and often combined with an oven in
a single unit; a cooking stove. Such units commonly have
two to six heating surfaces, called burners, even if they
are heated by electricity rather than a gas flame.
Cooking stove, a stove with an oven, opening for pots,
kettles, and the like, -- used for cooking.
Dry stove. See under Dry.
Foot stove. See under Foot.
Franklin stove. See in the Vocabulary.
Stove plant (Bot.), a plant which requires artificial heat
to make it grow in cold or cold temperate climates.
Stove plate, thin iron castings for the parts of stoves.
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
n 1: a kitchen appliance used for cooking food; "dinner was
already on the stove" [syn: stove, kitchen stove,
range, kitchen range, cooking stove]