Simple Definition of stoke
: to stir or add fuel to (something that is burning)
: to increase the amount or strength of (something)
Full Definition of stoke
1 : to poke or stir up (as a fire) : supply with fuel
2 : to feed abundantly
3 : to increase the activity, intensity, or amount of <limiting the number of cars available…will help stoke demand for the car — Keith Naughton>
: to stir up or tend a fire (as in a furnace) : supply a furnace with fuel
Examples of stoke in a sentence
The engineer stoked the coals.
The new ad campaign has helped to stoke sales.
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 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\play , 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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