OVEN (O. Eng. o/As,Ger. Of en, cf .Gr. iirvos, oven) , a close chamber or compartment which may be raised to a considerable temperature by heat generated either within or without it. In English the term generally refers to a chamber for baking bread and other food substances, but it is also used of certain appliances employed in manufacturing operations, as in coking coal or making pottery. See Heating.
Note - this article incorporates content from Encyclopaedia Britannica, Eleventh Edition, (1910-1911)