from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • transitive v. To stir up and feed (a fire or furnace).
  • transitive v. To feed fuel to and tend the fire of (a furnace).
  • intransitive v. To feed or tend a furnace or fire.
  • intransitive v. Informal To eat steadily and in large quantities.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To stir up and feed, especially, a fire or furnace.
  • v. To attend to and supply a furnace with fuel; act as a stoker or fireman.
  • n. A unit of kinematic viscosity equal to that of a fluid with a viscosity of one poise and a density of one gram per millilitre
  • v. To pierce; poke; thrust.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • intransitive v. To poke or stir up a fire; hence, to tend the fires of furnaces, steamers, etc.
  • transitive v. To stick; to thrust; to stab.
  • transitive v. To poke or stir up, as a fire; hence, to tend, as the fire of a furnace, boiler, etc.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To pierce; stick; thrust.
  • To poke, stir up, and maintain the fire in (a furnace, especially one used with a boiler for the generation of steam for an engine); supply with fuel; trim and maintain combustion in.
  • To attend to and supply a furnace with fuel; act as a stoker or fireman.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. stir up or tend; of a fire


Back-formation from stoker.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle English stoken, from Middle Dutch stoken ("to thrust, poke") or Middle Low German stoken ("to thrust, poke"), ultimately from Proto-Germanic *stukōnan (“to be stiff, push”), from Proto-Indo-European *(s)teug- (“to push, beat”). Cognate with Middle High German stoken ("to pierce, jab"), Norwegian Nynorsk stauka ("to push, thrust"). Alternative etymology derives the Middle English word from Old French estoquer, estochier ("to thrust, strike"), from the same Germanic source. More at stock. (Wiktionary)
From a back-formation of stoker, apparently from Dutch stoker, from Dutch stoken ("to kindle a fire, incite, instigate"), from Middle Dutch stoken ("to thrust, poke"), from stock ("stick, stock, rapier"), see: tandenstoker. Ultimately the same word as above. (Wiktionary)


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