Definition of Stroke

1. Noun. (sports) the act of swinging or striking at a ball with a club or racket or bat or cue or hand. "He left me an almost impossible shot"

Exact synonyms: Shot
Terms within: Follow-through
Specialized synonyms: Break, Cannon, Carom, Masse, Masse Shot, Miscue, Cut, Undercut, Swipe, Tennis Shot, Tennis Stroke, Baseball Swing, Cut, Swing, Golf Shot, Golf Stroke, Swing
Category relationships: Athletics, Sport
Generic synonyms: Maneuver, Manoeuvre, Play

2. Verb. Touch lightly and repeatedly, as with brushing motions. "He stroked his long beard"
Generic synonyms: Touch
Specialized synonyms: Caress, Fondle, Lap, Lick
Derivative terms: Stroking

3. Noun. The maximum movement available to a pivoted or reciprocating piece by a cam.
Exact synonyms: Cam Stroke, Throw
Generic synonyms: Motion, Movement
Specialized synonyms: Instroke, Outstroke

4. Verb. Strike a ball with a smooth blow.
Generic synonyms: Hit, Strike

5. Noun. A sudden loss of consciousness resulting when the rupture or occlusion of a blood vessel leads to oxygen lack in the brain.
Exact synonyms: Apoplexy, Cerebrovascular Accident, Cva
Generic synonyms: Attack
Specialized synonyms: Ischaemic Stroke, Ischemic Stroke, Haemorrhagic Stroke, Hemorrhagic Stroke
Terms within: Cerebral Hemorrhage
Derivative terms: Apoplectic

6. Verb. Row at a particular rate.
Generic synonyms: Row

7. Noun. A light touch.
Generic synonyms: Touch, Touching

8. Verb. Treat gingerly or carefully. "Sam cannot stroke Sue "; "You have to stroke the boss"
Generic synonyms: Blandish, Flatter

9. Noun. A light touch with the hands.
Exact synonyms: Stroking
Generic synonyms: Touch, Touching
Specialized synonyms: Caress

10. Noun. (golf) the unit of scoring in golf is the act of hitting the ball with a club. "Nicklaus won by three strokes"
Category relationships: Golf, Golf Game
Generic synonyms: Score

11. Noun. The oarsman nearest the stern of the shell who sets the pace for the rest of the crew.
Generic synonyms: Oarsman, Rower

12. Noun. Anything that happens suddenly or by chance without an apparent cause. "It was due to an accident or fortuity"
Exact synonyms: Accident, Chance Event, Fortuity
Generic synonyms: Happening, Natural Event, Occurrence, Occurrent
Specialized synonyms: Hap, Break, Good Luck, Happy Chance, Coincidence, Happenstance, Lottery
Derivative terms: Accidental

13. Noun. A punctuation mark (/) used to separate related items of information.
Exact synonyms: Diagonal, Separatrix, Slash, Solidus, Virgule
Generic synonyms: Punctuation, Punctuation Mark

14. Noun. A mark made on a surface by a pen, pencil, or paintbrush. "She applied the paint in careful strokes"
Generic synonyms: Mark, Print
Specialized synonyms: Downstroke, Upstroke, Flick, Underline, Underscore

15. Noun. Any one of the repeated movements of the limbs and body used for locomotion in swimming or rowing.
Generic synonyms: Locomotion, Travel
Specialized synonyms: Swimming Stroke

16. Noun. A single complete movement.
Generic synonyms: Motility, Motion, Move, Movement
Specialized synonyms: Key Stroke, Keystroke, Beat, Bow, Blow

Definition of Stroke

1. imp. Struck.

2. n. The act of striking; a blow; a hit; a knock; esp., a violent or hostile attack made with the arm or hand, or with an instrument or weapon.

3. v. t. To strike.

Definition of Stroke

1. Noun. An act of stroking (gloss moving one's hand over a surface). ¹

2. Noun. A blow or hit. ¹

3. Noun. A single movement with a tool. ¹

4. Noun. A line drawn with a pen or other writing implement. ¹

5. Noun. The time when a clock strikes. ¹

6. Noun. A particular style of swimming. ¹

7. Noun. (medicine) The loss of brain function arising when the blood supply to the brain is suddenly interrupted. ¹

8. Noun. (rowing) The rower who is nearest the stern of the boat. ¹

9. Noun. (context: professional wrestling) Backstage influence. ¹

10. Noun. (squash) A point awarded to a player in case of interference or obstruction by the opponent. ¹

11. Verb. (transitive) To move one's hand or an object (such as a broom) along (a surface) in one direction. ¹

12. Verb. (transitive cricket) To hit the ball with the bat in a flowing motion. ¹

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Definition of Stroke

1. to rub gently [v STROKED, STROKING, STROKES]

Lexicographical Neighbors of Stroke

stroke (current term)
stroke of work
stroke order
stroke play

Literary usage of Stroke

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. The Encyclopedia Americana: A Library of Universal Knowledge (1920)
"I.— Breast stroke. The breast stroke consists of a broad sweep ... A full breath is taken at every stroke and regulated so as to avoid gasping on short ..."

2. The Encyclopedia Americana: A Library of Universal Knowledge (1918)
"Combination dies are often so arranged as to perform three, four and sometimes more operations on the work at one stroke of the press. ..."

3. Heat and Thermodynamics by Francis M. Hartmann (1911)
"The piston then makes an outward stroke, called the aspirating stroke, and a charge of mixture is forced, by the external pressure, into the cylinder. ..."

4. Bulletin by Federal Board for Vocational Education, United States (1917)
"The piston draws In n charge of gas into the crank case. During this stroke the charge already In cylinder is being compressed and as the piston is ..."

5. Le Morte Darthur: Sir Thomas Malory's Book of King Arthur and of His Noble by Thomas Malory, Alfred William Pollard, William Caxton (1900)
"And therewith anon Pellinore smote him a great stroke through the helm and head unto the brows. And then all the host of Orkney fled for the death of King ..."

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