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[fahyuh r-room, -roo m]
noun Nautical.
  1. a chamber in which the boilers of a steam vessel are fired.
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Origin of fireroom

1830–40; Americanism
Also called stokehold, stokehole.


  1. Also stoke·hold [stohk-hohld] /ˈstoʊkˌhoʊld/. fireroom.
  2. a hole in a furnace through which the fire is stoked.
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Origin of stokehole

First recorded in 1650–60; stoke1 + hole
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Examples from the Web for stokehold

Historical Examples of stokehold

  • We got the men and they went off to the stokehold, frightened and raging.

    The Harmsworth Magazine, v. 1, 1898-1899, No. 2


  • An awful racket, of iron things falling, came from the stokehold.


    Joseph Conrad

  • They penetrated the decks, they bored their way even to the stokehold.

  • "The stokehold's the only place on board where you will be safe," she said, somewhat uncertainly.

    The White Blackbird

    Hudson Douglas

  • Drunkenness reigned supreme in saloon, stokehold, and forecastle.

    The Log of a Sea-Waif

    Frank T. Bullen

British Dictionary definitions for stokehold


noun nautical
  1. a coal bunker for a ship's furnace
  2. the hold for a ship's boilers; fire room
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  1. another word for stokehold
  2. a hole in a furnace through which it is stoked
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