Definitions for strokestroʊk

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

strokestroʊk(n.; v.)stroked, strok•ing.

  1. (n.)an act or instance of striking, as with the fist or a hammer; blow.

  2. a hitting of or upon anything.

  3. a striking of a clapper or hammer, as on a bell, or the sound produced by this.

  4. a throb or pulsation, as of the heart.

  5. a blockage or hemorrhage of a blood vessel leading to the brain, causing an inadequate oxygen supply and often long-term impairment of sensation, movement, or functioning of part of the body.

    Category: Pathology

  6. a sudden, vigorous action or movement likened to a blow in its effect.

  7. a hitting of the ball in tennis, pool, etc.

    Category: Sport

  8. a single complete movement, esp. one continuously repeated in some process.

  9. a movement of a pen, pencil, brush, or the like. a mark made by such a movement.

    Category: Fine Arts

  10. a distinctive or effective touch in a literary composition.

  11. a piece or portion of work.

  12. an attempt to attain some object:

    a bold stroke for liberty.

  13. a feat; achievement:

    a stroke of genius.

  14. a sudden or chance happening:

    a stroke of luck.

  15. a type or method of swimming: any of the successive movements of the arms and legs in swimming.

    The crawl is a rapid stroke.

    Category: Sport

  16. 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.

    Category: Sport

  17. one of a series of alternating continuous movements of a mechanical component back and forth over or through the same line. the complete movement of a moving part, esp. a reciprocating part, in one direction.

    Category: Machinery

  18. (v.t.)to mark with a stroke or strokes; cancel, as by a stroke of a pen.

  19. to row as a stroke oar of (a boat or crew). to set the stroke for the crew of (a boat).

    Category: Sport

  20. to hit (a ball), as with a smooth swing of a bat.

    Category: Sport

Origin of stroke:

1250–1300; ME strok, strak (n.), prob. continuing OE *strāc (whence strācian to stroke2)

strokestroʊk(v.; n.)stroked, strok•ing

  1. (v.t.)to pass the hand or an instrument over gently, or with little pressure, as in soothing or caressing.

  2. to promote feelings of self-approval in, as by praise or flattery.

    Category: Common Vocabulary, Informal

  3. (n.)an act or instance of stroking.

Origin of stroke:

bef. 900; ME (v.), OE strācian, c. MD, MLG strēken, OHG streihhōn; akin to strike

Princeton's WordNet

  1. stroke, shot(noun)

    (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"; "a good shot requires good balance and tempo"; "he left me an almost impossible shot"

  2. throw, stroke, cam stroke(noun)

    the maximum movement available to a pivoted or reciprocating piece by a cam

  3. stroke, apoplexy, cerebrovascular accident, CVA(noun)

    a sudden loss of consciousness resulting when the rupture or occlusion of a blood vessel leads to oxygen lack in the brain

  4. stroke(noun)

    a light touch

  5. stroke, stroking(noun)

    a light touch with the hands

  6. stroke(noun)

    (golf) the unit of scoring in golf is the act of hitting the ball with a club

    "Nicklaus won by three strokes"

  7. stroke(noun)

    the oarsman nearest the stern of the shell who sets the pace for the rest of the crew

  8. accident, stroke, fortuity, chance event(noun)

    anything that happens suddenly or by chance without an apparent cause

    "winning the lottery was a happy accident"; "the pregnancy was a stroke of bad luck"; "it was due to an accident or fortuity"

  9. solidus, slash, virgule, diagonal, stroke, separatrix(noun)

    a punctuation mark (/) used to separate related items of information

  10. stroke(noun)

    a mark made on a surface by a pen, pencil, or paintbrush

    "she applied the paint in careful strokes"

  11. stroke(noun)

    any one of the repeated movements of the limbs and body used for locomotion in swimming or rowing

  12. stroke(verb)

    a single complete movement

  13. stroke(verb)

    touch lightly and repeatedly, as with brushing motions

    "He stroked his long beard"

  14. stroke(verb)

    strike a ball with a smooth blow

  15. stroke(verb)

    row at a particular rate

  16. stroke(verb)

    treat gingerly or carefully

    "You have to stroke the boss"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. stroke(noun)ʊk

    a medical condition in which a blood vessel in the brain suddenly becomes blocked or bursts

    He died of a stroke.; to have a stroke

  2. strokeʊk

    a long swinging movement, especially to hit sth

    a tennis player with a beautiful stroke; a single stroke of the axe

  3. strokeʊk

    a style of swimming

    Freestyle is my best stroke.

  4. strokeʊk

    a movement of your arm in swimming

    She swam with smooth strokes.

  5. strokeʊk

    an act of stroking sth with your hand

  6. strokeʊk

    an unexpected positive event

    By a stroke of luck a policeman was standing right there.

  7. strokeʊk

    a sudden intelligent solution to a problem

    the stroke of genius that let him win the chess match

  8. stroke(verb)ʊk

    to pull your hand across sth gently

    Her mother stroked her hair.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Stroke


  2. Stroke(verb)

    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

  3. Stroke(verb)

    the result of effect of a striking; injury or affliction; soreness

  4. Stroke(verb)

    the striking of the clock to tell the hour

  5. Stroke(verb)

    a gentle, caressing touch or movement upon something; a stroking

  6. Stroke(verb)

    a mark or dash in writing or printing; a line; the touch of a pen or pencil; as, an up stroke; a firm stroke

  7. Stroke(verb)

    hence, by extension, an addition or amandment to a written composition; a touch; as, to give some finishing strokes to an essay

  8. Stroke(verb)

    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

  9. Stroke(verb)

    a throb or beat, as of the heart

  10. Stroke(verb)

    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

  11. Stroke(verb)

    the rate of succession of stroke; as, a quick stroke

  12. Stroke(verb)

    the oar nearest the stern of a boat, by which the other oars are guided; -- called also stroke oar

  13. Stroke(verb)

    the rower who pulls the stroke oar; the strokesman

  14. Stroke(verb)

    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

  15. Stroke(verb)

    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

  16. Stroke(verb)

    power; influence

  17. Stroke(verb)


  18. Stroke(verb)

    to strike

  19. Stroke(verb)

    to rib gently in one direction; especially, to pass the hand gently over by way of expressing kindness or tenderness; to caress; to soothe

  20. Stroke(verb)

    to make smooth by rubbing

  21. Stroke(verb)

    to give a finely fluted surface to

  22. Stroke(verb)

    to row the stroke oar of; as, to stroke a boat


  1. Stroke

    A stroke, or cerebrovascular accident, is the rapid loss of brain function due to disturbance in the blood supply to the brain. This can be due to ischemia caused by blockage, or a hemorrhage. As a result, the affected area of the brain cannot function, which might result in an inability to move one or more limbs on one side of the body, inability to understand or formulate speech, or an inability to see one side of the visual field. A stroke is a medical emergency and can cause permanent neurological damage and death. Risk factors for stroke include old age, high blood pressure, previous stroke or transient ischemic attack, diabetes, high cholesterol, tobacco smoking and atrial fibrillation. High blood pressure is the most important modifiable risk factor of stroke. It is the second leading cause of death worldwide. An ischemic stroke is occasionally treated in a hospital with thrombolysis, and some hemorrhagic strokes benefit from neurosurgery. Treatment to recover any lost function is termed stroke rehabilitation, ideally in a stroke unit and involving health professions such as speech and language therapy, physical therapy and occupational therapy. Prevention of recurrence may involve the administration of antiplatelet drugs such as aspirin and dipyridamole, control and reduction of high blood pressure, and the use of statins. Selected patients may benefit from carotid endarterectomy and the use of anticoagulants.

The New Hacker's Dictionary

  1. stroke

    Common name for the slant (‘/’, ASCII 0101111) character. See ASCII for other synonyms.

U.S. National Library of Medicine

  1. Stroke

    A group of pathological conditions characterized by sudden, non-convulsive loss of neurological function due to BRAIN ISCHEMIA or INTRACRANIAL HEMORRHAGES. Stroke is classified by the type of tissue NECROSIS, such as the anatomic location, vasculature involved, etiology, age of the affected individual, and hemorrhagic vs. non-hemorrhagic nature. (From Adams et al., Principles of Neurology, 6th ed, pp777-810)

British National Corpus

  1. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'stroke' in Written Corpus Frequency: #3788

  2. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'stroke' in Nouns Frequency: #1890

  3. Verbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'stroke' in Verbs Frequency: #952

Anagrams of stroke

  1. Stoker

  2. Tokers

Translations for stroke

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


an act of hitting, or the blow given

He felled the tree with one stroke of the axe; the stroke of a whip.

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