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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 of stoke1
1675-1685
1675-85; < Dutch stoken to feed or stock a fire; see stock
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  • Meals are not times for stoking an engine, even with the most thoughtfully selected fuel, but times for the renewal of life.

  • There were no tremors, no rumblings from the hidden furnace, only the flare of its stoking.

    A Man to His Mate J. Allan Dunn
  • And the foolish youth, at that, straightway fell to stoking the fire.

    The Prairie Child Arthur Stringer
  • At present the one is burned out and the other is only just stoking up.

    From Sea to Sea Rudyard Kipling
  • They call it “stoking the meat,” a use of the word stoke that I have never heard elsewhere.

    Our Southern Highlanders Horace Kephart
British Dictionary definitions for stoking

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 stoking

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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stoking 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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