A stove is a machine that heats or cooks. If you want really delicious popcorn, don't use the microwave — cook it the old-fashioned way, in a pot of hot oil on the stove.

Stoves typically use gas or electricity. If you have a wood-burning stove in your house, you know it's an apparatus that burns split logs to create enough heat to warm up a room — or several rooms. In the 15th century, stove meant either "heated room" or "bathroom." Experts aren't sure about the word's origin, although some guess a connection to Vulgar Latin's extufare, "take a steam bath."

Definitions of stove

n a kitchen appliance used for cooking food

“dinner was already on the stove
cooking stove, kitchen range, kitchen stove, range
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charcoal burner
a stove that burns charcoal as fuel
a stove for cooking (especially a wood- or coal-burning kitchen stove)
electric range
a kitchen range in which the heat for cooking is provided by electric power
gas cooker, gas range, gas stove
a range with gas rings and an oven for cooking with gas
potbelly, potbelly stove
a bulbous stove in which wood or coal is burned
Primus, Primus stove
a portable paraffin cooking stove; used by campers
spirit stove
a stove that burns a volatile liquid fuel such as alcohol
Type of:
kitchen appliance
a home appliance used in preparing food

n any heating apparatus

Type of:
heater, warmer
device that heats water or supplies warmth to a room

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