verb \ˈstōk\

: to stir or add fuel to (something that is burning)

: to increase the amount or strength of (something)


Full Definition of STOKE

transitive verb
:  to poke or stir up (as a fire) :  supply with fuel
:  to feed abundantly
:  to increase the activity, intensity, or amount of <limiting the number of cars available…will help stoke demand for the car — Keith Naughton>
intransitive verb
:  to stir up or tend a fire (as in a furnace) :  supply a furnace with fuel

Examples of STOKE

  1. The engineer stoked the coals.
  2. The new ad campaign has helped to stoke sales.
  3. Poor revenue figures have stoked concerns about possible layoffs.

Origin of STOKE

Dutch stoken; akin to Middle Dutch stuken to push
First Known Use: 1683
Medical Dictionary


noun \ˈstōk\

Medical Definition of STOKE

:  the cgs unit of kinematic viscosity being that of a fluid which has a viscosity of one poise and a density of one gram per cubic centimeter

Biographical Note for STOKE

Stokes \ˈstōks\ , Sir George Gabriel (1819–1903), British mathematician and physicist. Stokes enjoyed a long and illustrious association with Cambridge University. He is noted for his studies of the behavior of viscous fluids and for a theorem which is fundamental to vector analysis. The stoke unit honors his name.


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