coke

1
[kohk]Chemistry
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noun
  1. the solid product resulting from the destructive distillation of coal in an oven or closed chamber or by imperfect combustion, consisting principally of carbon: used chiefly as a fuel in metallurgy to reduce metallic oxides to metals.
verb (used with or without object), coked, cok·ing.
  1. to convert into or become coke.

Origin of coke

1
1375–1425; late Middle English colke, coke, equivalent to Old English col coal + -(o)ca -ock
Related formscoke·like, cok·y, adjective

coke

2
[kohk]Slang.
noun
  1. cocaine.
verb (used with object)
  1. to drug (oneself), especially with cocaine (usually followed by up or out).

Origin of coke

2
1905–10, Americanism; short for cocaine

Coke

1
[kohk]
noun (sometimes lowercase) South Midland and Southern U.S.
  1. a carbonated soft drink.

Origin of Coke

1
from Coke, the brand name of a carbonated cola drink

Coke

2

or Cooke

[koo k]
noun
  1. Sir Edward,1552–1634, English jurist and writer on law.
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Examples from the Web for coke

Contemporary Examples of coke

Historical Examples of coke

  • To produce this it is estimated that 225,000 tons of coal and coke were consumed.

  • In the waiting-room there was a coke fire, very red and hollow, and a dim lamp.

    Henry Dunbar

    M. E. Braddon

  • Would you throw a gallop into a horse with his leg full of coke?

    Old Man Curry

    Charles E. (Charles Emmett) Van Loan

  • "The coke will die out before he's gone half a mile," said Engle.

    Old Man Curry

    Charles E. (Charles Emmett) Van Loan

  • The stove was always stuffed with coke and kept things as hot as a Turkish bath.

    L'Assommoir

    Emile Zola


British Dictionary definitions for coke

coke

1
noun
  1. a solid-fuel product containing about 80 per cent of carbon produced by distillation of coal to drive off its volatile constituents: used as a fuel and in metallurgy as a reducing agent for converting metal oxides into metals
  2. any similar material, such as the layer formed in the cylinders of a car engine by incomplete combustion of the fuel
verb
  1. to become or convert into coke

Word Origin for coke

C17: probably a variant of C14 northern English dialect colk core, of obscure origin

coke

2
noun
  1. slang short for cocaine

Coke

1
noun
  1. trademark short for Coca-Cola

Coke

2
noun
  1. Sir Edward. 1552–1634, English jurist, noted for his defence of the common law against encroachment from the Crown: the Petition of Right (1628) was largely his work
  2. (kʊk) Thomas William, 1st Earl of Leicester, known as Coke of Holkham. 1752–1842, English agriculturist: pioneered agricultural improvement and considerably improved productivity at his Holkham estate in Norfolk
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Word Origin and History for coke
n.1

"residue of fuel," 1690s, northern English dialect, perhaps a variant of Middle English colke "core, charcoal" (c.1400), itself possibly related to -colc, an Old English word for "pit," which perhaps would give it a sense of "what is left in the pit after a fire."

Coke

soft drink, 1909, shortening of brand name Coca-Cola.

n.2

shortened form of cocaine, 1908, American English.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

coke in Medicine

coke

[kōk]
n.
  1. Cocaine.
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