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A flat cooking surface making up the top of a stove or built into a countertop, usually having electric heating elements covered by a sheet of glass.
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(Cookery) US a flat unit for cooking in saucepans or the top part of a stove
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a cooking surface consisting of a flat sheet of heat-transmitting glass and ceramic material over heating elements, usu. electric.
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