1 [stohk]
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.

1675–85; < Dutch stoken to feed or stock a fire; see stock Unabridged


2 [stohk]
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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stoke (stəʊk)
1.  to feed, stir, and tend (a fire, furnace, etc)
2.  (tr) to tend the furnace of; act as a stoker for
[C17: back formation from stoker]

stokes or stoke (stəʊks)
St 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
[C20: named after Sir George Stokes (1819--1903), British physicist]
stoke or stoke
[C20: named after Sir George Stokes (1819--1903), British physicist]

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Word Origin & History

1660 (implied in stoker), "to feed and stir up a fire in a fireplace," from Du. stoken "to stoke," from M.Du. stoken "to poke, thrust," related to stoc "stick, stump," from P.Gmc. *stok-, variant of *stik-, *stek- "pierce, prick" (see stick (v.)). Stoked "enthusiastic" first
recorded 1902; revived in surfer slang 1963.
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Medical Dictionary

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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Example sentences
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.
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