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noun (1)

: the residue of coal left after destructive distillation and used as fuel
also : a similar residue left by other materials (such as petroleum) distilled to dryness


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coked; coking

transitive verb

: to change into coke

intransitive verb

: to become coke or like coke


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noun (2)


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used for a cola drink

Examples of coke in a Sentence

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The city’s environmental dumping ground Tim Maher, the main author of the study and professor at the University of Indianapolis, said coke plants are notoriously bad polluters and Norwood Place took the brunt of that pollution throughout the 99 years or so that the plant was operational. Karl Schneider, The Indianapolis Star, 20 Mar. 2024 Russian forces took full control of Ukraine's Soviet-era coke plant in Avdiivka Monday, days after Ukraine withdrew its troops from the town amid ammunition shortages. Haley Chi-Sing, Fox News, 19 Feb. 2024 According to the statement, no coke dust escaped the refinery grounds. Will McCarthy, The Mercury News, 11 Feb. 2024 Further south, Russian attention has been focused for months on the town of Avdiivka, and its massive coke plant, both of which Russia has been attempting to encircle. Maria Kostenko and Alex Stambaugh, CNN, 4 Feb. 2024 Other drinks have flavor profiles that recall espresso martinis, rum and cokes or gin martinis. Pat Saperstein, Variety, 20 Jan. 2024 Today, fierce fighting around the eastern city of Avdiivka has forced Europe’s largest coke plant, another of Mr. Akhmetov’s properties, to shut. Constant Méheut, New York Times, 15 Jan. 2024 Months later, the company idled its coke ovens because of major equipment problems. Max Blau, ProPublica, 1 Sep. 2023 Like having a coke isn’t really going to change your life. Sophia Scorziello, Variety, 22 Sep. 2023
Russia has also been shipping oil and products like coking coal and fertilizer the opposite way. Ivan Nechepurenko Sergey Ponomarev, New York Times, 13 Mar. 2024 Golden Energy is doubling down on its investment in coking coal even as the world’s biggest mining companies withdraw from fossil fuels. Yessar Rosendar, Forbes, 29 Feb. 2024 And unlike Cliffs, US Steel has made a huge bet on transitioning its business from blast furnace steel production — where iron ore and coking coal are combined to make primary steel in a highly polluting process — to electric-arc furnaces, where steel scrap is remelted in a much less polluting way. Thomas Biesheuvel, Fortune, 15 Aug. 2023 Imports of thermal and coking coal from Russia swelled to 10.6 million tons in June, above the combined total from Indonesia and Mongolia, the other top shippers to China, according to customs data on Thursday. Bloomberg, Fortune, 20 July 2023 Cocaine Bear crashes the ceremony and gets the entire audience coked up. Vulture, 23 Feb. 2023 Glencore is pursuing Teck Resources in a $23 billion deal that would create two new companies—one for Glencore and Teck’s merged base-metal and other assorted businesses, and another for their merged thermal, coking coal and ferroalloys businesses. Megha Mandavia,, 17 Apr. 2023 Rizz factor: Not since Robin Williams has there been someone so charismatically coked up. Vulture, 31 Mar. 2023 The project would have produced 10 million metric tons a year of both thermal and coking coal for 20 years. Nick Roll, The Christian Science Monitor, 13 Mar. 2023

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Word History


Noun (1)

perhaps from dialect coke, colk core, from Middle English; akin to Swedish kälk pith

Noun (2)

by shortening & alteration

First Known Use

Noun (1)

1669, in the meaning defined above


1763, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

Noun (2)

circa 1903, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of coke was in 1669

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Cite this Entry

“Coke.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 12 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition


1 of 3 noun
: gray lumps of fuel with pores made by heating soft coal in a closed chamber until some of its gases have passed off


2 of 3 noun


3 of 3 trademark
used for a cola drink

Biographical Definition


biographical name

ˈku̇k How to pronounce Coke (audio)
Sir Edward 1552–1634 Lord Coke English jurist

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