- 1Add coal or other solid fuel to (a fire, furnace, boiler, etc.): he stoked up the barbecueMore example sentences
add fuel to, mend, keep burning, tend, fuel
- On washdays, the tub was filled with cold water using buckets, and a wood or coal fire was stoked up.
- The furnaces that fed them fizzled out long ago, the coal that stoked the fires lies unexcavated in flooded mines.
- Leaning over, she took hold of an iron stick and with it poked at the fire, stoking the dying flames.
- 1.1Encourage or incite (a strong emotion or tendency): his composure had the effect of stoking her anger the Chancellor was stoking up a consumer boomMore example sentences
- Unanswered, its effect is to stoke resentment and encourage conflict.
- Exactly 100 years ago this week, Wales was in the midst of a fervent religious revival led by a young Methodist, stoking fanatical excitement and emotional excesses.
- These ads are geared to stoke voter emotions and fears to hammer a candidate on a controversial issue.
- 1.2 [no object] • informal Consume a large quantity of food or drink to give one energy: Carol was at the coffee machine, stoking up for the dayMore example sentences
- It is a big, brash, gutsy engine, stoking up a lot of energy for seemingly little effort, and it is just perfect for a big, brash, gutsy car.
- The following morning, after stoking up well for the day with a self-service full English breakfast, we headed for Our Dynamic Earth, a £34 million project built on three levels.
- Parents trying to feed their nestlings can keep their own bellies filled by stoking up at our suet and seed feeders, but as for their young… we don't know.
mid 17th century: back-formation from stoker.