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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.
1675-85; < Dutch stoken to feed or stock a fire; see stock Unabridged
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Examples from the web for stoking
  • We should not ignore such fire-stoking, however misguided it may be.
  • She'd be great for stoking the coals of a real resistance.
  • Believing to be one of those in the chosen generation- either to suffer through, or to triumph through, is an ego-stoking thought.
  • Miners and drillers have also had trouble bringing new supplies to market, further stoking prices.
  • The later flight had plenty of empty seats, stoking my anger.
  • Printing rupees to buy the incoming dollars keeps the currency cheap but also adds to the money supply, stoking inflation.
  • Yet strong growth in emerging economies is stoking commodity-price inflation.
  • Though the shelling has stopped, any ceasefire remains fragile as long as nationalists in both countries keep stoking the dispute.
  • It is keeping its distance for fear of dirtying itself by lending to governments and, perhaps, stoking inflation.
  • He is privately furious with its leaders for stoking the crisis.
British Dictionary definitions for stoking


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
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Word Origin and History for stoking



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]

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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stoking 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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