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fireroom

[fahyuh r-room, -roo m] /ˈfaɪərˌrum, -ˌrʊm/
noun, Nautical.
1.
a chamber in which the boilers of a steam vessel are fired.
Also called stokehold, stokehole.
Origin of fireroom
1830-1840
1830-40; Americanism

stokehole

[stohk-hohl] /ˈstoʊkˌhoʊl/
noun
1.
Also, stokehold
[stohk-hohld] /ˈstoʊkˌhoʊld/ (Show IPA)
. fireroom.
2.
a hole in a furnace through which the fire is stoked.
Origin
First recorded in 1650-60; stoke1 + hole
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Examples from the Web for stoke-hold
Historical Examples
  • Nor did she notice that this was the first allusion he had made to his work in the stoke-hold.

    By Right of Conquest Arthur Hornblow
  • No matter what happened, he would never go back to the stoke-hold.

    By Right of Conquest Arthur Hornblow
  • Flesh and blood simply couldn't stand that stoke-hold any longer.

    By Right of Conquest Arthur Hornblow
  • The air was quivering and palpitating like that in the stoke-hold of a steamship.

    McTeague Frank Norris
  • "She's rolling some," said a black apparition new risen from the stoke-hold.

    From Sea to Sea Rudyard Kipling
  • Soon he changed the new shirt for one that had been rendered neutral in the stoke-hold and the bucket.

    The Sea and the Jungle H. M. Tomlinson
  • To this, as much as anything else, the stoke-hold owes its reputation as the modern Sanctuary.

    By Right of Conquest Arthur Hornblow
  • Besides, hidden away in a steamer's stoke-hold, he reckoned out that he would be dead to the world.

    By Right of Conquest Arthur Hornblow
  • Presently she asked: "Can they make him go back to work in the stoke-hold whether he likes or not?"

    By Right of Conquest Arthur Hornblow
  • Mind you don't talk that way in the stoke-hold, or they might take you at your word and keep you down there.

    By Right of Conquest Arthur Hornblow
British Dictionary definitions for stoke-hold

stokehole

/ˈstəʊkˌhəʊl/
noun
1.
another word for stokehold
2.
a hole in a furnace through which it is stoked
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