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
  1. noun
    a kitchen appliance used for cooking food
    “dinner was already on the stove
    synonyms: 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
  2. noun
    any heating apparatus
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    type of:
    heater, warmer
    device that heats water or supplies warmth to a room
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