from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. One who is employed to feed fuel to and tend a furnace, as on a steam locomotive or a steamship.
- n. A mechanical device for feeding coal to a furnace.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A person who stokes, especially one on a steamship who stokes coal in the boilers
- n. A device for stoking a fire; a poker
- n. A device that feeds coal into a furnace etc automatically
- n. A person who pedals on the back of a tandem bicycle
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. One who is employed to tend a furnace and supply it with fuel, especially the furnace of a locomotive or of a marine steam boiler; also, a machine for feeding fuel to a fire.
- n. A fire poker.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. One who attends to and maintains suitable combustion in a furnace, especially a furnace used in generating steam, as on a locomotive or steamship; a fireman.
- n. A poker.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. Irish writer of the horror novel about Dracula (1847-1912)
- n. a laborer who tends fires (as on a coal-fired train or steamship)
- n. a mechanical device for stoking a furnace
Dutch, from stoken, to stoke, from Middle Dutch stōken, to poke.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle Dutch stoker ("stoker"), from Middle Dutch stoken ("to stoke, incite", literally "to poke, jab, thrust"), ultimately equivalent to stoke + -er. More at stoke. (Wiktionary)