- The definition of a stroke is a medical condition where blood flow to your brain is interrupted, often because of a blood clot.
An example of a stroke is an episode where an older man has impaired vision and speech because of the temporary loss of blood to the brain.
- To stroke is the act of petting or caressing something or a mark of a pen.
- An example of stroke is the act of petting your cat using a gentle touch or a gentle stroke.
- An example of stroke is when you make a mark with your pen or pencil.
- Stroke means to carress or pet something.
An example of stroke is when you gently rub your hands along your pet's fur.
- a striking of one thing against another; blow or impact of an ax, whip, etc.
- a sudden action resulting in a powerful or destructive effect, as if from a blow: a stroke of lightning
- a sudden occurrence, often a pleasant one: a stroke of luck
- a sudden cerebrovascular failure usually caused by arteriosclerosis, hypertension, embolism, or hemorrhage and resulting variously in impaired vision and speech, coma, convulsions, paralysis, etc.
- a single effort to do, produce, or accomplish something, esp. a successful effort
- something accomplished by such an effort; feat
- a distinctive effect or touch in an artistic, esp. literary, work
- the sound of striking, as of a clock
- a single movement, as with some tool, club, racquet, etc.: a stroke of the pen, a backhand stroke in tennis
- any of a series of repeated rhythmic motions made against water, air, etc.: the stroke of a swimmer, rower, etc.
- a type, manner, or rate of such movement: a slow stroke
- a mark made by or as by a pen or similar marking tool
- a beat of the heart
- a gentle, caressing motion with the hand
- Informal praise, flattery, etc. offered to reassure, influence, persuade, etc.
- Golf a scoring unit used to record each time the ball is hit with the head of a club
- Mech. any of a series of continuous, often reciprocating, movements; specif., a single movement of a piston from one end of its range to the other, constituting a half revolution of the engine
- the rower who sits nearest the stern and sets the rate of rowing for the others
- the position occupied by this rower
Origin of strokeMiddle English akin to German streich, a stroke, Old English strican: see strike
transitive verbstroked, stroking
- to draw one's hand, a tool, etc. gently over the surface of, as in caressing or smoothing
- to mark with strokes or draw a line through: often with out
- to hit; esp., to hit (a ball) in playing tennis, golf, pool, etc.
- to set the rate of rowing for (a crew) or for the crew of (a boat)
- Informal to flatter, pay special attention to, etc. in an effort to influence, reassure, persuade, etc.
- Slang to masturbate: said of a man
Origin of strokeME stroken < OE stracian, akin to strican: see strike
- to hit a ball in playing tennis, golf, etc.
- to act as stroke (for) in rowing
- The act or an instance of striking, as with the hand, a weapon, or a tool; a blow or impact.
- a. The striking of a bell or gong.b. The sound so produced.c. The time so indicated: at the stroke of midnight.
- A sudden action or process having a strong impact or effect: a stroke of lightning.
- A sudden occurrence or result: a stroke of luck; a stroke of misfortune.
- A sudden severe attack, as of paralysis or sunstroke.
- A sudden loss of brain function caused by a blockage or rupture of a blood vessel to the brain, characterized by loss of muscular control, diminution or loss of sensation or consciousness, dizziness, slurred speech, or other symptoms that vary with the extent and severity of the damage to the brain. Also called cerebral accident, cerebrovascular accident.
- An inspired or effective idea or act: a stroke of genius.
- a. A single uninterrupted movement, especially when repeated or in a back-and-forth motion: the stroke of a pendulum.b. A keystroke.c. Any of a series of movements of a piston from one end of the limit of its motion to another.
- a. A single completed movement of the limbs and body, as in swimming or rowing.b. The manner or rate of executing such a movement: My favorite stroke is butterfly. She had a very rapid stroke.
- Nautical a. The rower who sits nearest the coxswain or the stern and sets the tempo for the other rowers.b. The position occupied by this person.
- Sports a. A movement of the upper torso and arms for the purpose of striking a ball, as in golf or tennis.b. The manner of executing such a movement.c. A scoring unit in golf counted for such a movement: finished six strokes under par.
- a. A single mark made by a writing or marking implement, such as a pen.b. The act of making such a mark.c. A printed line in a graphic character that resembles such a mark.
- A distinctive effect or deft touch, as in literary composition.
verbstroked stroked, strok·ing, strokes
- a. To mark with a single short line.b. To draw a line through; cancel: stroked out the last sentence.
- Nautical To set the pace for (a rowing crew).
- To hit or propel (a ball, for example) with a smoothly regulated swing.
- To make or perform a stroke.
- Nautical To row at a particular rate per minute.
Origin of strokeMiddle English, probably from Old English *strāc; see streig- in Indo-European roots.
transitive verbstroked stroked, strok·ing, strokes
- To rub lightly with or as if with the hand or something held in the hand; caress. See Synonyms at caress.
- Informal To behave attentively or flatteringly toward (someone), especially in order to restore confidence or gain cooperation.
Origin of strokeMiddle English stroken, from Old English strācian, from *strāc, stroke; see stroke1.
- An act of stroking (moving one's hand over a surface).
- She gave the cat a stroke.
- A blow or hit.
- a stroke on the chin
- A single movement with a tool.
- (golf) A single act of striking at the ball with a club.
- (tennis) The hitting of a ball with a racket, or the movement of the racket and arm that produces that impact.
- (rowing) The movement of an oar or paddle through water, either the pull which actually propels the vessel or a single entire cycle of movement including the pull.
- (cricket) The action of hitting the ball with the bat; a shot.
- A thrust of a piston.
- One of a series of beats or movements against a resisting medium, by means of which movement through or upon it is accomplished.
- the stroke of a bird's wing in flying, or of an oar in rowing
- the stroke of a skater, swimmer, etc.
- A powerful or sudden effort by which something is done, produced, or accomplished; also, something done or accomplished by such an effort.
- a stroke of genius; a stroke of business; a master stroke of policy
- A line drawn with a pen or other writing implement.
- (hence, UK) The symbol /.
- (linguistics) A line of a Chinese, Japanese or Korean character.
- The time when a clock strikes.
- on the stroke of midnight
- (swimming) A style, a single movement within a style.
- butterfly stroke
- (medicine) The loss of brain function arising when the blood supply to the brain is suddenly interrupted.
- (rowing) The rower who is nearest the stern of the boat.
- (rowing) The oar nearest the stern of a boat, by which the other oars are guided.
- (professional wrestling) Backstage influence.
- (squash (sport)) A point awarded to a player in case of interference or obstruction by the opponent.
- (sciences) An individual discharge of lightning.
- A flash of lightning may be made up of several strokes. If they are separated by enough time for the eye to distinguish them, the lightning will appear to flicker.
- An addition or amendment to a written composition; a touch.
- to give some finishing strokes to an essay
- A throb or beat, as of the heart.
- He has a great stroke with the reader.
From Middle English *stroak, strok, strak, from Old English *strāc (“stroke”), from Proto-Germanic *straikaz (“stroke”), from Proto-Indo-European *streyg- (“stroke; to strike”). Cognate with Scots strak, strake, straik (“stroke, blow”), Middle Low German strēk (“stroke, trick, prank”), German Streich (“stroke”).
(third-person singular simple present strokes, present participle stroking, simple past and past participle stroked)
stroke - Computer Definition
(1) In printing, the weight, or thickness, of a character. For example, in the LaserJet, one of the specifications of the font description is the stroke weight from lightest to boldest. See stroke weight.
(2) In computer graphics, a pen or brush stroke. The stroke function lets you set the width of the line being drawn.