Stew (?), n. [Cf. Stow.]


A small pond or pool where fish are kept for the table; a vivarium.

[Obs. or Prov. Eng.]

Chaucer. Evelyn.


An artificial bed of oysters.

[Local, U.S.]


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Stew, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Stewed (?); p. pr. & vb. n. Stewing.] [OE. stuven, OF. estuver, F. 'etuver, fr. OF. estuve, F. 'etuve, a sweating house, a room heated for a bath; probably of Teutonic origin, and akin to E. stove. See Stove, and cf. Stive to stew.]

To boil slowly, or with the simmering or moderate heat; to seethe; to cook in a little liquid, over a gentle fire, without boiling; as, to stew meat; to stew oysters; to stew apples.


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Stew (?), v. i.

To be seethed or cooked in a slow, gentle manner, or in heat and moisture.


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Stew, n. [OE. stue, stuwe, OF. estuve. See Stew, v. t.]


A place of stewing or seething; a place where hot bathes are furnished; a hothouse.


As burning Aetna from his boiling stew Doth belch out flames. Spenser.

The Lydians were inhibited by Cyrus to use any armor, and give themselves to baths and stews. Abp. Abbot.


A brothel; -- usually in the plural.

Bacon. South.

There be that hate harlots, and never were at the stews. Aschman.


A prostitute.


Sir A. Weldon.


A dish prepared by stewing; as, a stewof pigeons.


A state of agitating excitement; a state of worry; confusion; as, to be in a stew.



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