stoke

1
[ stohk ]
/ stoʊk /

verb (used with object), stoked, stok·ing.

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.

verb (used without object), stoked, stok·ing.

to shake up the coals of a fire.
to tend a fire or furnace.

Nearby words

  1. stoically,
  2. stoichiology,
  3. stoichiometric,
  4. stoichiometry,
  5. stoicism,
  6. stoke poges,
  7. stoke up,
  8. stoke-on-trent,
  9. stoked,
  10. stokehold

Origin of stoke

1
1675–85; < Dutch stoken to feed or stock a fire; see stock

stoke

2
[ stohk ]
/ stoʊk /

noun Physics.

a unit of kinematic viscosity, equal to the viscosity of a fluid in poises divided by the density of the fluid in grams per cubic centimeter.

Origin of stoke

2
after Sir G. Stokes

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British Dictionary definitions for stoke

stoke

/ (stəʊk) /

verb

to feed, stir, and tend (a fire, furnace, etc)
(tr) to tend the furnace of; act as a stoker for
See also stoke up

Word Origin for stoke

C17: back formation from stoker

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Word Origin and History for stoke

stoke

v.

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]
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Medicine definitions for stoke

stoke

[ stōk ]

n.

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.

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