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Stokes

[stohks] /stoʊks/
noun
1.
Carl B(urton) 1927–1996, U.S. politician: the first black mayor of a major U.S. city (Cleveland, Ohio, 1967–71).
2.
Sir Frederick Wilfrid Scott, 1860–1927, British inventor and engineer.
3.
Sir George Gabriel, 1819–1903, British physicist and mathematician, born in Ireland.

stoke1

[stohk] /stoʊk/
verb (used with object), stoked, stoking.
1.
to poke, stir up, and feed (a fire).
2.
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.
3.
to shake up the coals of a fire.
4.
to tend a fire or furnace.
Origin
1675-1685
1675-85; < Dutch stoken to feed or stock a fire; see stock

stoke2

[stohk] /stoʊk/
noun, Physics.
1.
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.
Origin
after Sir G. Stokes
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British Dictionary definitions for Stokes

stokes

/stəʊks/
noun
1.
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

stoke

/stəʊk/
verb
1.
to feed, stir, and tend (a fire, furnace, etc)
2.
(transitive) to tend the furnace of; act as a stoker for
See also stoke up
Word Origin
C17: back formation from stoker
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Word Origin and History for Stokes

stoke

v.

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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Stokes in Medicine

Stokes (stōks), William. 1804-1878.

British physicain. Known especially for his studies of diseases of the chest and heart, he expanded on the observations of John Cheyne in describing the breathing irregularity now known as Cheyne-Stokes respiration.

stoke (stōk)
n.
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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Stokes in Science
stokes
  (stōks)   
Plural stokes
The unit of kinematic viscosity in the centimeter-gram-second system, measured in square centimeters per second. See more at viscosity.
Stokes, Sir George Gabriel 1819-1903.  
Irish mathematician and physicist who investigated the wave theory of light and described the phenomena of diffraction (1849) and fluorescence (1852) and the nature of x-rays. He also investigated fluid dynamics, developing the modern theory of motion of viscous fluids. A unit of kinematic viscosity is named for him.
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