stoke

verb \ ˈstōk \
Updated on: 19 Nov 2017

Definition of stoke

stoked; stoking
transitive verb
1 : to poke or stir up (a fire, flames, etc.) : 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
intransitive verb
: to stir up or tend a fire (as in a furnace) : supply a furnace with fuel

Examples of stoke in a Sentence

  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.

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Origin and Etymology of stoke

Dutch stoken; akin to Middle Dutch stuken to push


STOKE Defined for English Language Learners

stoke

verb

Definition of stoke for English Language Learners

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

  • : to increase the amount or strength of (something)


Medical Dictionary

stoke

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 play \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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