stoker

noun
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

Stoker

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

Definition of Stoker (Entry 2 of 2)

Bram 1847–1912 Irish writer

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The stokers will be piloted by four equally accomplished endurance athletes. Pam Kragen, sandiegouniontribune.com, "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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First Known Use of stoker

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1660, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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