stok·​er | \ ˈstō-kər How to pronounce stoker (audio) \

Definition of stoker

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : one employed to tend a furnace and supply it with fuel specifically : one that tends a marine steam boiler
2 : a machine for feeding a fire


biographical name
Sto·​ker | \ ˈstō-kər How to pronounce Stoker (audio) \

Definition of Stoker (Entry 2 of 2)

Bram 1847–1912 Irish writer

Examples of stoker in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun But the number of those items is low, and NASA pitched and built SOFIA as a real working research unit, not a high-profile stoker of public imagination for its own sake. Caroline Delbert, Popular Mechanics, "So Far, NASA's Flying Telescope Is a Huge Waste of Money," 15 Apr. 2020 Also known as the stoker, the fireplace poker is a short, iron, fireproof rod that homeowners use to hook, rake, and push burning materials in their fireplace. The Editors, Field & Stream, "Three Great Gifts for the Home Hearth," 20 Nov. 2019 The stokers will be piloted by four equally accomplished endurance athletes. Pam Kragen,, "Blind cycling team to ride across country," 16 June 2018 And when the pipelined bounty of the 1920s’ natural gas boom spread from New Mexico and Texas across the West, homeowners switched en masse to gas for cooking and heating, saying goodbye to stokers, clinkers and coal’s pervasive, greasy film. Jonathan Thompson, New Republic, "Trump Is Big Coal’s Last Gasp," 21 Sep. 2017 Preoccupied with fears of a communist invasion, the John Birch Society came to prominence in the 1960s, following the death of quintessential communist fear stoker Sen. Joseph McCarthy. Allie Gross, Detroit Free Press, "Michigan has long been fertile ground for the far right," 17 Aug. 2017 In Eugene O’Neill’s 1922 play, one of his more directly political works, Robert (Yank) Smith (the stupendous Bobby Cannavale) is a tough-talking, anti-intellectualizing stoker who shovels coal in the boiler room of a ship heading for New York. The New Yorker, "The Hairy Ape," 8 Apr. 2017

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1660, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Stoker.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 Jul. 2020.

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