- 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.
- to convert into or become coke.
Origin of coke1
- to drug (oneself), especially with cocaine (usually followed by up or out).
Origin of coke2
Examples from the Web for coking
Historical Examples of coking
Coking coals.Coke is the fuel Mr. Kirk wants, and thinks he will have.
This compound is made by coking a mixture of fine iron and pitch.
It is not a coking coal, but has a wide and established reputation for grate, stove, and boiler uses.
As to the coking coal on Snoqualmie Mountain, we may expect important developments.
It is less than ten miles from Snoqualmie coking coal,Charcoal cheaply produced.
- 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
- any similar material, such as the layer formed in the cylinders of a car engine by incomplete combustion of the fuel
- to become or convert into coke
Word Origin for coke
- slang short for cocaine
- trademark short for Coca-Cola
- 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
- (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
"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."
soft drink, 1909, shortening of brand name Coca-Cola.
shortened form of cocaine, 1908, American English.