(en proper noun
A diminutive of Steven and Stephen, also used as a formal male given name.
Ann Beattie: Picturing Will
, Random House, ISBN 0394569873, page 67:
*: His first name was probably Steve' or Ed. No, there were no more ' Steves
or Eds in New York. They were now Steven or Edward, whether they were gay or straight. If they had money, they didn't have a nickname. Everybody was into high seriousness, so that now even dogs were named Humphrey and Raphael.
: Peyton Place
, UPNE, 1999, ISBN 1555534007, Book Three,Chapter 13,
*: Allison made a careful note of the address and within the hour she had met, decided she liked, and moved in with a girl of twenty who called herself Steve
*: "Don't call me Stephanie", Steve
had said. "I don't know why it should, but being called Stephanie always makes me feel like something pale and dull out of Jane Austen."
English diminutives of male given names
From (etyl) and/or (etyl) stove (compare Dutch stoof), possibly from (etyl) , Norwegian stove and Danish and Norwegian stue and Swedish stuga).
A heater, a closed apparatus to burn fuel for the warming of a room.
* , chapter=8
Mr. Pratt's Patients
, passage=We toted in the wood and got the fire going nice and comfortable. Lord James still set in one of the chairs and Applegate had cabbaged the other and was hugging the stove
A device for heating food, (UK ) a cooker.
(chiefly, UK) A hothouse (in which plants are kept).
* 1850 , M. A. Burnett, Plantae utiliores: or illustrations of useful plants, employed in the arts and medicine , part 8:
* 1854 , in The Horticultural Review and Botanical Magazine , volume 4, page 208:
- 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.
(dated) A house or room artificially warmed or heated.
* Earl of Strafford
- 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
- 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!
To heat or dry, as in a stove.
To keep warm, in a house or room, by artificial heat.
- to stove feathers
- to stove orange trees
- (Francis Bacon)