Stew

Definition of Stew

n.1.A small pond or pool where fish are kept for the table; a vivarium.
2.An artificial bed of oysters.
v. t.1.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.
[imp. & p. p. Stewed ; p. pr. & vb. n. Stewing.]
v. i.1.To be seethed or cooked in a slow, gentle manner, or in heat and moisture.
n.1.A place of stewing or seething; a place where hot bathes are furnished; a hothouse.
As burning Ætna 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.
2.A brothel; - usually in the plural.
There be that hate harlots, and never were at the stews.
- Aschman.
3.A prostitute.
4.A dish prepared by stewing; as, a stewof pigeons.
5.A state of agitating excitement; a state of worry; confusion; as, to be in a stew.

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