Definition of stoke
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
: 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.
Recent Examples of stoke from the Web
It can be argued that its all too easy for underdog FC Cincinnati to stoke its own flame for a home date against an MLS side.
That helped stoke optimism that Singapore’s property market is rebounding, with home sales jumping and developers making more aggressive bids at land auctions.
But Wall Street is also stoked about Epyc's potential in the server market.
Almost twenty years ago, the South American nation of Colombia faced a similar crisis because of violence stoked by guerrilla warfare, paramilitary groups, and drug cartels.
Many blame the current political rhetoric for stoking anti-Muslim sentiments.
That year, Mayor Philip Levine and Wolfson raised money from city vendors, developers and lobbyists, stoking fears that special interests were being asked to pay for political access.
A private security guard shot dead an Arab demonstrator during anti-police riots in central Israel early Tuesday, police said, in the latest violent confrontation threatening to stoke tensions between Arabs and Jews in Israel.
Legislation backing Sobyanin’s scheme is still being put together, but a draft law approved by the Moscow Duma on its first reading on April 20 stoked worries.
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Origin and Etymology of stoke
Dutch stoken; akin to Middle Dutch stuken to push
First Known Use: 1683See Words from the same year
STOKE Defined for English Language Learners
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 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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