Stave, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Staved or Stove p. pr. & vb. n. Staving.]
1. To break in a stave or the staves of; to break a hole in; to burst; -- often with in; as, to stave a cask; to stave in a boat.
2. To push, as with a staff; -- with off.
The condition of a servant staves him off to a distance. --South.
3. To delay by force or craft; to drive away; -- usually with off; as, to stave off the execution of a project.
And answered with such craft as women use,
Guilty or guiltless, to stave off a chance
That breaks upon them perilously. --Tennyson.
4. To suffer, or cause, to be lost by breaking the cask.
All the wine in the city has been staved. --Sandys.
5. To furnish with staves or rundles.
6. To render impervious or solid by driving with a calking iron; as, to stave lead, or the joints of pipes into which lead has been run.
To stave and tail, in bear baiting, (to stave) to interpose with the staff, doubtless to stop the bear; (to tail) to hold back the dog by the tail. --Nares.
Stove imp. of Stave.
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 Strafford.
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.
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.
Stove, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Stoved p. pr. & vb. n. Stoving.]
1. To keep warm, in a house or room, by artificial heat; as, to stove orange trees.
2. To heat or dry, as in a stove; as, to stove feathers.
n 1: (music) the system of five horizontal lines on which the
musical notes are written [syn: staff]
2: one of several thin slats of wood forming the sides of a
barrel or bucket [syn: lag]
3: a crosspiece between the legs of a chair [syn: rung, round]
v 1: furnich with staves; "stave a ladder"
2: burst or force (a hole) into something [syn: stave in]
n 1: a kitchen appliance used for cooking food; "dinner was
already on the stove" [syn: kitchen stove, range, kitchen
range, cooking stove]
2: any heating apparatus