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


[stohk-hohl] /ˈstoʊkˌhoʊl/
Also, stokehold
[stohk-hohld] /ˈstoʊkˌhoʊld/ (Show IPA)
. fireroom.
a hole in a furnace through which the fire is stoked.
First recorded in 1650-60; stoke1 + hole Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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Historical Examples
  • Drunkenness reigned supreme in saloon, stokehold, and forecastle.

    The Log of a Sea-Waif Frank T. Bullen
  • We got the men and they went off to the stokehold, frightened and raging.

  • Only the dynamos purr steadily, and an occasional tattoo on the stokehold plates tells of the firemen on duty to raise steam.

    Merchantmen-at-Arms David W. Bone
  • An awful racket, of iron things falling, came from the stokehold.

    Typhoon Joseph Conrad
  • The action station of Dr. L——, the surgeon in question, had been in the stokehold, which was quite undamaged.

    Stories of the Ships Lewis R. Freeman
  • They penetrated the decks, they bored their way even to the stokehold.

    The British Navy Book Cyril Field
  • The grimy crew of the stokehold, the black watch, refused to face the trembling boilers any longer.

  • "The stokehold's the only place on board where you will be safe," she said, somewhat uncertainly.

    The White Blackbird Hudson Douglas
  • Never were engine-room and stokehold ventilators so tirelessly trimmed to the wind.

    Merchantmen-at-Arms David W. Bone
  • The stokehold was flooded with water, and Rea could do nothing.

    Merchantmen-at-Arms David W. Bone
British Dictionary definitions for stokehold


noun (nautical)
a coal bunker for a ship's furnace
the hold for a ship's boilers; fire room


another word for stokehold
a hole in a furnace through which it is stoked
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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