the act or an instance of striking, as with the fist, a weapon, or a hammer; a blow.
a hitting of or upon anything.
a striking of a clapper or hammer, as on a bell.
the sound produced by this.
a throb or pulsation, as of the heart.
Also called apoplexy, cerebrovascular accident. Pathology. a blockage or hemorrhage of a blood vessel leading to the brain, causing inadequate oxygen supply and, depending on the extent and location of the abnormality, such symptoms as weakness, paralysis of parts of the body, speech difficulties, and, if severe, loss of consciousness or death.
something likened to a blow in its effect, as in causing pain, injury, or death; an attack of apoplexy or paralysis.
a destructive discharge of lightning.
a vigorous movement, as if in dealing a blow.
Sports. a hitting of a ball, as by the swing of a racquet in tennis or the controlled jabbing or thrusting with the cue in pool and billiards.
a single complete movement, especially one continuously repeated in some process.
one of a series of alternating continuous movements of something back and forth over or through the same line.
the complete movement of a moving part, especially a reciprocating part, in one direction.
the distance traversed in such a movement.
a half revolution of an engine during which the piston travels from one extreme of its range to the other.
a type or method of swimming:
The crawl is a rapid stroke.
each of the successive movements of the arms and legs in propelling the body through the water.
a single pull of the oar.
the manner or style of moving the oars.
Also called stroke oar. the crew member nearest to the stern of the boat, to whose strokes those of the other crew members must conform.
a movement of a pen, pencil, brush, graver, or the like.
a mark traced by or as if by one movement of a pen, pencil, brush, or the like.
a distinctive or effective touch in a literary composition:
His style revealed the stroke of a master.
a single or minimal act, piece, or amount of work, activity, etc.:
to refuse to do a stroke of work.
an attempt to attain some object:
a bold stroke for liberty.
a measure adopted for a particular purpose.
no more than 65 strokes to the line for business letters.
a feat or achievement:
a stroke of genius.
a sudden or chance happening, as of luck or fortune.
verb (used with object), stroked, stroking.
to mark with a stroke or strokes, as of a pen; cancel, as by a stroke of a pen.
to row as a stroke oar of (a boat or crew).
to set the stroke for the crew of (a boat).
Sports. to hit (a ball), as with a deliberate, smooth swing of a bat or club.
verb (used with object), stroked, stroking.
to pass the hand or an instrument over (something or somebody) lightly or with little pressure; rub gently, as in soothing or caressing.
Informal. to promote feelings of self-approval in; flatter.
an act or instance of stroking; a stroking movement.
the act or an instance of striking; a blow, knock, or hit
a sudden action, movement, or occurrence: a stroke of luck
a brilliant or inspired act or feat: a stroke of genius
(pathol) apoplexy; rupture of a blood vessel in the brain resulting in loss of consciousness, often followed by paralysis, or embolism or thrombosis affecting a cerebral vessel
the striking of a clock
the hour registered by the striking of a clock: on the stroke of three
a mark, flourish, or line made by a writing implement
another name for solidus, used esp when dictating or reading aloud
a light touch or caress, as with the fingers
a pulsation, esp of the heart
a single complete movement or one of a series of complete movements
(sport) the act or manner of striking the ball with a racket, club, bat, etc
any one of the repeated movements used by a swimmer to propel himself through the water
a manner of swimming, esp one of several named styles such as the crawl or butterfly
any one of a series of linear movements of a reciprocating part, such as a piston
the distance travelled by such a part from one end of its movement to the other
a single pull on an oar or oars in rowing
manner or style of rowing
the oarsman who sits nearest the stern of a shell, facing the cox, and sets the rate of striking for the rest of the crew
(US, informal) a compliment or comment that enhances a person’s self-esteem
(modifier) (slang, mainly US) pornographic; masturbatory: stroke magazines
(usually used with a negative) a stroke, a stroke of work, a small amount of work
off one’s stroke, performing or working less well than usual
on the stroke of, punctually at
(transitive) to touch, brush, or caress lightly or gently
(transitive) to mark a line or a stroke on or through
to act as the stroke of (a racing shell)
(transitive) (sport) to strike (a ball) with a smooth swinging blow
(transitive) (US & Canadian, informal) to handle or influence (someone) with care, using persuasion, flattery, etc
stroke 1 (strōk)
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.
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. Also called cerebrovascular accident.
A sudden loss of brain function caused by an interruption in the supply of blood to the brain. A ruptured blood vessel or cerebral thrombosis may cause the stroke, which can occur in varying degrees of severity from temporary paralysis and slurred speech to permanent brain damage and death.
The oblique stroke character, “/”, ASCII 47.
See ASCII for other synonyms.
- Stroke book
noun, Golf. 1. (in a handicap match) a hole at which players with a handicap deduct a stroke from the number taken to play the hole.
noun, Rowing. 1. the oar nearest to the stern of the boat. 2. stroke1 (def 14c).
noun, Golf. 1. medal play. noun 1. (golf) scoring by counting the number of strokes taken (as modifier): a strokeplay tournament Sometimes shortened to medal play, Compare match play, Stableford