An example of stoke is to feed wood to a fire.
An example of a stoke is a measurement of how resistant a liquid is to flow based on the centimetre-gram-second (CGS) system.
Origin of stoke
- Back-formation from stoker
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- From Middle English stoken, from Middle Dutch stoken (“to poke, thrust") or Middle Low German stoken (“to poke, thrust"), ultimately from Proto-Germanic *stukÅnÄ… (“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.
- Misconstruction of stokes