Stroke meaning

strōk
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.

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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.
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Stroke means to carress or pet something.

An example of stroke is when you gently rub your hands along your pet's fur.

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A sudden occurrence or result.

A stroke of luck; a stroke of misfortune.

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A sudden severe attack, as of paralysis or sunstroke.
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An inspired or effective idea or act.

A stroke of genius.

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A distinctive effect or deft touch, as in literary composition.
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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.

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The act or an instance of striking, as with the hand, a weapon, or a tool; a blow or impact.
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To hit or propel (a ball, for example) with a smoothly regulated swing.
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To make or perform a stroke.
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To row at a particular rate per minute.
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To rub lightly with or as if with the hand or something held in the hand; caress.
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To behave attentively or flatteringly toward (someone), especially in order to restore confidence or gain cooperation.
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A striking of one thing against another; blow or impact of an ax, whip, etc.
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The sound of striking, as of a clock.
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A beat of the heart.
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Praise, flattery, etc. offered to reassure, influence, persuade, etc.
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A scoring unit used to record each time the ball is hit with the head of a club.
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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.
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To draw one's hand, a tool, etc. gently over the surface of, as in caressing or smoothing.
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To mark with strokes or draw a line through.
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To hit; esp., to hit (a ball) in playing tennis, golf, pool, etc.
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To flatter, pay special attention to, etc. in an effort to influence, reassure, persuade, etc.
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To manipulate in masturbation.
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To set the rate of rowing for (a crew) or for the crew of (a boat)
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To hit a ball in playing tennis, golf, etc.
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To act as stroke (for)
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Of or for masturbating.

A stroke magazine.

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The act or an instance of striking, as with the hand, a weapon, or a tool; a blow or impact.
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A sudden severe attack, as of paralysis or sunstroke.
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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.
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A sudden loss of brain function caused by a blockage or rupture of a blood vessel of the brain, resulting in necrosis of brain tissue (called a cerebral infarct ) and characterized by loss of muscular control, weakening or loss of sensation or consciousness, dizziness, slurred speech, or other symptoms that vary with the extent and severity of brain damage.
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(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.
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An act of stroking (moving one's hand over a surface).

She gave the cat a stroke.

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A blow or hit.

A stroke on the chin.

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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.
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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.

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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.

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A line drawn with a pen or other writing implement.
  • (hence, UK) The symbol /.
  • (linguistics) A line of a Chinese, Japanese or Korean character.
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The time when a clock strikes.

On the stroke of midnight.

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(swimming) A style, a single movement within a style.

Butterfly stroke.

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(medicine) The loss of brain function arising when the blood supply to the brain is suddenly interrupted.
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(rowing) The rower who is nearest the stern of the boat.
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(rowing) The oar nearest the stern of a boat, by which the other oars are guided.
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(professional wrestling) Backstage influence.
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(squash (sport)) A point awarded to a player in case of interference or obstruction by the opponent.
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(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.

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An addition or amendment to a written composition; a touch.

To give some finishing strokes to an essay.

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A throb or beat, as of the heart.

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Dryden.

He has a great stroke with the reader.

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To move one's hand or an object (such as a broom) along (a surface) in one direction.
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(cricket) To hit the ball with the bat in a flowing motion.
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(masonry) To give a finely fluted surface to.
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To row the stroke oar of.

To stroke a boat.

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A sudden action or process having a strong impact or effect.

A stroke of lightning.

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To set the pace for (a rowing crew).
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A light caressing movement, as of the hand.
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A sudden cerebrovascular failure usually caused by arteriosclerosis, hypertension, embolism, or hemorrhage and resulting variously in impaired vision and speech, coma, convulsions, paralysis, etc.
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A mark made by or as by a pen or similar marking tool.
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A gentle, caressing motion with the hand.
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keep stroke
  • To make strokes in rhythm.
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Idioms and Phrasal Verbs

keep stroke

Origin of stroke

  • Middle English stroken from Old English strācian from strāc stroke stroke1

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Middle English probably from Old English strāc streig- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • 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 strÄ“k (“stroke, trick, prank"), German Streich (“stroke").

    From Wiktionary

  • From Middle English stroken, straken, from Old English strācian (“to stroke"), from Proto-Germanic *straikōnÄ… (“to stroke, caress"). Cognate with German streicheln (“to stroke, fondle").

    From Wiktionary