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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.
Origin of stoke1
1675-85; < Dutch stoken to feed or stock a fire; see stock


[stohk] /stoʊk/
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
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • He had severall children: four sonnes still living, one is a minister at stoke neer Ipswych in Suffolk.

  • Crashaw was one of the influences that hastened the Stotts' departure from stoke.

    The Wonder J. D. Beresford
  • I have always supposed stoke Rivers would need some reconstruction before it came up to the level of modern requirements.

    The Gateless Barrier Lucas Malet
  • There was but one item of news from stoke, and it soon came to the surface.

    The Wonder J. D. Beresford
  • I went to stoke afterwards, where there was the usual sort of party.

    The Greville Memoirs Charles C. F. Greville
British Dictionary definitions for stoke


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
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for stoke

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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stoke 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.

The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary
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