One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1An apparatus for cooking or heating that operates by burning fuel or using electricity.
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- ‘This led out into a courtyard where the wood for the stove was stored.’
- ‘As she came down the east stairs she saw her father standing at the counter by the stove spreading cream cheese on a bagel.’
- ‘Return to the stove and cook over medium heat until the sauce thickens a little.’
- ‘During the cold weather each student was expected to have a sod of turf for the iron stove in the school.’
- ‘There are children out there that don't know you can buy the actual kernels and pop them, in a pan, on the stove.’
- ‘Griffin frowned and watched her as she began making coffee at the small counter by the white stove.’
- ‘There was a small TV monitor in the corner on the counter and a stove on the left of it.’
- ‘All we had to do for fuel was to step outside the door of the hut and gather wood for our stove; to this day, the slightest whiff of wood-smoke instantly takes me back to Bawdsey.’
- ‘We installed smokeless stoves with chimneys in a few huts.’
- ‘On the counter by the stove was the loaf of bread, a quarter of it missing.’
- ‘He said a wood-burning stove, installed under the Allerton Castle chimney seven years ago, posed a greater fire risk than a coal fire and a flue liner would have cut that risk.’
- ‘The dishes were all done, stacked in the strainer, and the stove and countertop wiped clean.’
- ‘Remove it from the stove and strain out the mint, then pour it over the fruit and chill for several hours.’
- ‘Late night chefs in my house have two options when confronted with the daunting task of moving a hot pan from the stove to the countertop.’
- ‘It's very cold in the winter and the school only has wood-burning stoves.’
- ‘Indoor air sampling established that vented stoves generated substantially less soot and other airborne particulate matter than unimproved hearths did.’
- ‘Keep high chairs, chairs, and playpens away from stoves and counters.’
- ‘The galley, easily accessible on the main deck, still has lidded pots on the stove, and in the engine-room tools hang in neat rows.’
- ‘Corrie glanced over at the stove where her brother was busy preparing lunch and rolled her eyes.’
- ‘For those of you that don't know, runs are when a huge group of bikers get on their motorcycles, pack some tents and portable stoves, and camp out.’
2British A hothouse for plants.
1Fumigate or disinfect (a house) with sulphur or other fumes.
2Treat (an object) by heating it in a stove in order to apply a desired surface coating.
- ‘After coating, the item is stoved at fairly high temperatures, generally 150-180°C, when the powder melts and flows out to a level, integral coating.’
3British Force or raise (plants) in a hothouse.
Middle English (in the sense ‘sweating room’): from Middle Dutch or Middle Low German stove; perhaps related to the noun stew. Current verb senses date from the early 17th century.
- past and past participle of stave
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