- 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
- [pl.]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 strokeME, akin to German streich, a stroke, Old English strican: see strike
transitive verbstroked, strok′ing
- 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.
- Informal to flatter, pay special attention to, etc. in an effort to influence, reassure, persuade, etc.
- Slang to manipulate in masturbation: somewhat vulgar
- Rowing to set the rate of rowing for (a crew) or for the crew of (a boat)
Origin of strokeME stroken < OE stracian, akin to strican: see strike
- to hit a ball in playing tennis, golf, etc.
- Rowing to act as stroke (for)