Stokes

[ stohks ]
/ stoʊks /

noun

Carl B(urton),1927–1996, U.S. politician: the first black mayor of a major U.S. city (Cleveland, Ohio, 1967–71).
Sir Frederick Wilfrid Scott,1860–1927, British inventor and engineer.
Sir George Gabriel,1819–1903, British physicist and mathematician, born in Ireland.

Definition for stokes (2 of 3)

stoke1
[ 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.

Origin of stoke

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

Definition for stokes (3 of 3)

stoke2
[ 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 stokes (1 of 2)

stokes

stoke

/ (stəʊks) /

noun

the cgs unit of kinematic viscosity, equal to the viscosity of a fluid in poise divided by its density in grams per cubic centimetre. 1 stokes is equivalent to 10 –4 square metre per secondSymbol: St

Word Origin for stokes

C20: named after Sir George Stokes (1819–1903), British physicist

British Dictionary definitions for stokes (2 of 2)

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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Medical definitions for stokes (1 of 2)

Stokes
[ stōks ]
William 1804-1878

British physician. Known especially for his studies of diseases of the chest and heart, he expanded on the observations of John Cheyne in describing the breathing irregularity now known as Cheyne-Stokes respiration.

Medical definitions for stokes (2 of 2)

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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Scientific definitions for stokes (1 of 2)

stokes
[ stōks ]

Plural stokes

The unit of kinematic viscosity in the centimeter-gram-second system, measured in square centimeters per second. See more at viscosity.

Scientific definitions for stokes (2 of 2)

Stokes
Sir George Gabriel 1819-1903

Irish mathematician and physicist who investigated the wave theory of light and described the phenomena of diffraction (1849) and fluorescence (1852) and the nature of x-rays. He also investigated fluid dynamics, developing the modern theory of motion of viscous fluids. A unit of kinematic viscosity is named for him.
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