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 stroke stroke

noun

  • ( ) (sports) the act of swinging or striking at a ball with a club or racket or bat or cue or hand  ( shot, stroke )
    (sports) the act of swinging or striking at a ball with a club or racket or bat or cue or hand
     it took two strokes to get out of the bunker
    it took two strokes to get out of the bunker
     a good shot requires good balance and tempo
    a good shot requires good balance and tempo
     he left me an almost impossible shot
    he left me an almost impossible shot
  • ( ) the maximum movement available to a pivoted or reciprocating piece by a cam  ( cam stroke, stroke, throw )
    the maximum movement available to a pivoted or reciprocating piece by a cam
  • ( ) a light touch with the hands  ( stroke, stroking )
    a light touch with the hands
  • ( ) a light touch  ( stroke )
    a light touch
  • ( ) a sudden loss of consciousness resulting when the rupture or occlusion of a blood vessel leads to oxygen lack in the brain  ( apoplexy, cerebrovascular accident, CVA, stroke )
    a sudden loss of consciousness resulting when the rupture or occlusion of a blood vessel leads to oxygen lack in the brain
  • a single complete movement  ( stroke )
    a single complete movement
  • any one of the repeated movements of the limbs and body used for locomotion in swimming or rowing  ( stroke )
    any one of the repeated movements of the limbs and body used for locomotion in swimming or rowing
  • a mark made on a surface by a pen, pencil, or paintbrush  ( stroke )
    a mark made on a surface by a pen, pencil, or paintbrush
     she applied the paint in careful strokes
    she applied the paint in careful strokes
  • a punctuation mark (/) used to separate related items of information  ( diagonal, separatrix, slash, solidus, stroke, virgule )
    a punctuation mark (/) used to separate related items of information
  • anything that happens suddenly or by chance without an apparent cause  ( accident, chance event, fortuity, stroke )
    anything that happens suddenly or by chance without an apparent cause
     winning the lottery was a happy accident
    winning the lottery was a happy accident
     the pregnancy was a stroke of bad luck
    the pregnancy was a stroke of bad luck
     it was due to an accident or fortuity
    it was due to an accident or fortuity
  • the oarsman nearest the stern of the shell who sets the pace for the rest of the crew  ( stroke )
    the oarsman nearest the stern of the shell who sets the pace for the rest of the crew
  • (golf) the unit of scoring in golf is the act of hitting the ball with a club  ( stroke )
    (golf) the unit of scoring in golf is the act of hitting the ball with a club
     Nicklaus won by three strokes
    Nicklaus won by three strokes
  • verb

  • ( ) touch lightly and repeatedly, as with brushing motions  ( stroke )
    touch lightly and repeatedly, as with brushing motions
     He stroked his long beard
    He stroked his long beard
  • ( ) strike a ball with a smooth blow  ( stroke )
    strike a ball with a smooth blow
  • treat gingerly or carefully  ( stroke )
    treat gingerly or carefully
     You have to stroke the boss
    You have to stroke the boss
  • row at a particular rate  ( stroke )
    row at a particular rate


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