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stoke1

[stohk]
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verb (used with object), stoked, stok·ing.
  1. to poke, stir up, and feed (a fire).
  2. to tend the fire of (a furnace, especially one used with a boiler to generate steam for an engine); supply with fuel.
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verb (used without object), stoked, stok·ing.
  1. to shake up the coals of a fire.
  2. to tend a fire or furnace.
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Origin of stoke1

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

stoke2

[stohk]
noun Physics.
  1. 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.
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Origin of stoke2

after Sir G. Stokes
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Related Words

feedstirpoketend

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  • Tree is less vigorous than Stoke and more subject to blight.

  • Crashaw was one of the influences that hastened the Stotts' departure from Stoke.

    The Wonder

    J. D. Beresford

  • There was but one item of news from Stoke, and it soon came to the surface.

    The Wonder

    J. D. Beresford

  • This house goes by machinery, with Elspeth to stoke up the motive power.

    Big Game

    Mrs. George de Horne Vaizey

  • We were living at Stoke Newington when the children were born.

    Lover or Friend

    Rosa Nouchette Carey


British Dictionary definitions for stoke

stoke

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

Word Origin

C17: back formation from stoker
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Word Origin and History for 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]
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Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

stoke in Medicine

stoke

(stōk)
n.
  1. 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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