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Definition of Stroke


  1. In croquet, etc., a shot or stroke in which one drives in different directions one's own and the opponent's ball placed in contact.
  2. Struck.
  3. The act of striking; a blow; a hit; a knock; esp., a violent or hostile attack made with the arm or hand, or with an instrument or weapon.
  4. The result of effect of a striking; injury or affliction; soreness.
  5. The striking of the clock to tell the hour.
  6. A gentle, caressing touch or movement upon something; a stroking.
  7. A mark or dash in writing or printing; a line; the touch of a pen or pencil; as, an up stroke; a firm stroke.
  8. Hence, by extension, an addition or amandment to a written composition; a touch; as, to give some finishing strokes to an essay.
  9. A sudden attack of disease; especially, a fatal attack; a severe disaster; any affliction or calamity, especially a sudden one; as, a stroke of apoplexy; the stroke of death.
  10. A throb or beat, as of the heart.
  11. One of a series of beats or movements against a resisting medium, by means of which movement through or upon it is accomplished; as, the stroke of a bird's wing in flying, or an oar in rowing, of a skater, swimmer, etc.
  12. The rate of succession of stroke; as, a quick stroke.
  13. The oar nearest the stern of a boat, by which the other oars are guided; -- called also stroke oar.
  14. The rower who pulls the stroke oar; the strokesman.
  15. A powerful or sudden effort by which something is done, produced, or accomplished; also, something done or accomplished by such an effort; as, a stroke of genius; a stroke of business; a master stroke of policy.
  16. The movement, in either direction, of the piston plunger, piston rod, crosshead, etc., as of a steam engine or a pump, in which these parts have a reciprocating motion; as, the forward stroke of a piston; also, the entire distance passed through, as by a piston, in such a movement; as, the piston is at half stroke.
  17. Power; influence.
  18. Appetite.
  19. To strike.
  20. To rib gently in one direction; especially, to pass the hand gently over by way of expressing kindness or tenderness; to caress; to soothe.
  21. To make smooth by rubbing.
  22. To give a finely fluted surface to.
  23. To row the stroke oar of; as, to stroke a boat.
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Stroke Translations

stroke in Danish is stryge
stroke in Dutch is aanhalen, strelen, liefkozen, aaien
stroke in French is caresser
stroke in Italian is accarezzare, riga
stroke in Latin is ictus, plaga
stroke in Portuguese is curso
stroke in Spanish is popar, acarciar, caricia
stroke in Swedish is slag, streck, stryka