- 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.
- to shake up the coals of a fire.
- to tend a fire or furnace.
Origin of stoke1
Examples from the Web for stoking
The Sunday shows were in full Ebola panic mode today, stoking fears that it could spread further in the United States.Fact-Checking the Sunday Shows: October 12
October 12, 2014
On their own, some Americans added a fourth stage: stoking fears.At Least Two ‘Border Kids’ Have Swine Flu
Ruben Navarrette Jr.
July 2, 2014
She knows full well that some rappers sit in relative safety while stoking the violence.Chicago’s Gun-Toting Gang Girl: ‘Lil Snoop’
April 29, 2014
This from a regime that never shies from accusing other countries of stoking “sectarianism.”Russia Stages a Coup in Crimea
March 1, 2014
It is about courting and stoking the absolute ugliest, most paranoid, most ass-backwards elements of the GOP coalition.GOP’s Wango Tango With Ted Nugent
February 19, 2014
One was stoking and the other was vehemently urging him to greater effort.The Shellback's Progress
And the foolish youth, at that, straightway fell to stoking the fire.The Prairie Child
There were no tremors, no rumblings from the hidden furnace, only the flare of its stoking.A Man to His Mate
J. Allan Dunn
At present the one is burned out and the other is only just stoking up.From Sea to Sea
Bindle was thorough in all things, especially in the matter of stoking.Mrs. Bindle
- to feed, stir, and tend (a fire, furnace, etc)
- (tr) to tend the furnace of; act as a stoker for
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]
- 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.