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[stohk] /stoʊk/
verb (used with object), stoked, stoking.
to poke, stir up, and feed (a fire).
to tend the fire of (a furnace, especially one used with a boiler to generate steam for an engine); supply with fuel.
verb (used without object), stoked, stoking.
to shake up the coals of a fire.
to tend a fire or furnace.
Origin of stoke1
1675-85; < Dutch stoken to feed or stock a fire; see stock


[stohk] /stoʊk/
noun, Physics.
a unit of kinematic viscosity, equal to the viscosity of a fluid in poises divided by the density of the fluid in grams per cubic centimeter.
after Sir G. Stokes Unabridged
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Examples from the web for stoke
  • The problem is the two-stoke engine which isn't as efficient at burning fuel.
  • Forests were felled to stoke its engines, consuming vast resources.
  • Of course, the fear in that case is not bankruptcy but that central bank financing of future deficits will stoke inflation.
  • Size and success naturally stoke suspicion and cynicism.
  • We should protect government incentives for research and experimentation to stoke the next economic boom.
  • She rose before dawn to stoke the fire and boil the bathwater.
  • One stopgap that top leaders have used has been to stoke national pride.
  • Sometimes they have to leave a meeting to go and stoke up their boilers.
  • The compact, vertical steam engine is fed coal automatically through hoppers eliminating the need to constantly stoke the fire.
  • But the ongoing gap in the ratings seemed to stoke his resentment further.
British Dictionary definitions for stoke


to feed, stir, and tend (a fire, furnace, etc)
(transitive) to tend the furnace of; act as a stoker for
See also stoke up
Word Origin
C17: back formation from stoker


the cgs unit of kinematic viscosity, equal to the viscosity of a fluid in poise divided by its density in grams per cubic centimetre. 1 stokes is equivalent to 10–4 square metre per second St
Word Origin
C20: named after Sir George Stokes (1819–1903), British physicist
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Word Origin and History for stoke

1650s (implied in stoker), "to feed and stir up a fire in a fireplace," from Dutch stoken "to stoke," from Middle Dutch stoken "to poke, thrust," related to stoc "stick, stump," from Proto-Germanic *stok-, variant of *stik-, *stek- "pierce, prick" (see stick (v.)). Stoked "enthusiastic" recorded in surfer slang by 1963, but the extension of the word to persons is older:

Having "stoked up," as the men called it, the brigades paraded at 10.30 a.m., ready for the next stage of the march. ["Cassell's History of the Boer War," 1901]

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stoke in Medicine

stoke (stōk)
A unit of kinematic viscosity equal to that of a fluid with a viscosity of one poise and a density of one gram per milliliter.

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