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Definition of "stoker" []

  • One who is employed to feed fuel to and tend a furnace, as on a steam locomotive or a steamship. (noun)
  • A mechanical device for feeding coal to a furnace. (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "stoker" in a sentence
  • "(I cannot see why one should be called stoker and the other fireman, for they both have to keep the fire going and the steam up)."
  • "One stoker called another stoker a weird name, and the latter, righteously inflamed at it, smote his mate with an iron shovel, and the man fell headlong over a heap of coal which crashed gently, while piece after piece rattled down upon the deck."
  • "Our driver and fireman ( "stoker," perhaps you call the latter) are very great men."