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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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  • The problem is the two-stoke engine which isn't as efficient at burning fuel.
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  • 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

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

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
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Word Origin and History for 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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stoke in Medicine

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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