(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"
throw, stroke, cam stroke(noun)
the maximum movement available to a pivoted or reciprocating piece by a cam
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
a light touch
a light touch with the hands
(golf) the unit of scoring in golf is the act of hitting the ball with a club
"Nicklaus won by three strokes"
the oarsman nearest the stern of the shell who sets the pace for the rest of the crew
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"
solidus, slash, virgule, diagonal, stroke, separatrix(noun)
a punctuation mark (/) used to separate related items of information
a mark made on a surface by a pen, pencil, or paintbrush
"she applied the paint in careful strokes"
any one of the repeated movements of the limbs and body used for locomotion in swimming or rowing
a single complete movement
touch lightly and repeatedly, as with brushing motions
"He stroked his long beard"
strike a ball with a smooth blow
row at a particular rate
treat gingerly or carefully
"You have to stroke the boss"
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
the result of effect of a striking; injury or affliction; soreness
the striking of the clock to tell the hour
a gentle, caressing touch or movement upon something; a stroking
a mark or dash in writing or printing; a line; the touch of a pen or pencil; as, an up stroke; a firm stroke
hence, by extension, an addition or amandment to a written composition; a touch; as, to give some finishing strokes to an essay
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
a throb or beat, as of the heart
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
the rate of succession of stroke; as, a quick stroke
the oar nearest the stern of a boat, by which the other oars are guided; -- called also stroke oar
the rower who pulls the stroke oar; the strokesman
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
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
to rib gently in one direction; especially, to pass the hand gently over by way of expressing kindness or tenderness; to caress; to soothe
to make smooth by rubbing
to give a finely fluted surface to
to row the stroke oar of; as, to stroke a boat
Origin: [OE. stroken, straken, AS. strcian, fr. strcan to go over, pass. See Strike, v. t., and cf. Straggle.]
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.
Chambers 20th Century Dictionary
strōk, n. a blow: a sudden attack: calamity: the sound of a clock: a dash in writing: the sweep of an oar in rowing, the aftmost oar of a boat: the movement of the piston of a steam-engine: the touch of a pen or pencil: any characteristic feature: an effective action, a feat, a masterly effort: a mental act, the action of any faculty of the mind.—v.t. and v.i. to act as stroke for, to row the stroke-oar of a boat.—n. Stroke′-oar, the aftmost oar in a boat, or its rower, whose stroke leads the rest. [A.S. strác, pa.t. of strícan, to strike.]
strōk, v.t. to rub gently in one direction: to rub gently in kindness.—ns. Strōk′er; Strōk′ing. [A.S. strácian, a causal of strícan, as above; cf. Ger. streicheln, to stroke, from streichen, to rub.]
strōk, obsolete pa.p. of strike.
The New Hacker's Dictionary
Common name for the slant (‘/’, ASCII 0101111) character. See ASCII for other synonyms.
U.S. National Library of Medicine
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
Written Corpus Frequency
Rank popularity for the word 'stroke' in Written Corpus Frequency: #3788
Rank popularity for the word 'stroke' in Nouns Frequency: #1890
Rank popularity for the word 'stroke' in Verbs Frequency: #952
The numerical value of stroke in Chaldean Numerology is: 5
The numerical value of stroke in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7
Sample Sentences & Example Usage
The last dejected effort often becomes the winning stroke.
There are no days in life so memorable as those which vibrated to some stroke of the imagination.
It is nothing new or original to say that golf is played one stroke at a time. But it took me many years to realize it.
A person in danger should not try to escape at one stroke. He should first calmly hold his own, then be satisfied with small gains, which will come by creative adaptations.
Every one of us that have a subjective memory complaint will not have a future stroke, by no means is it a 100 percent connection between subjective memory complaints and future stroke.
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From our Multilingual Translation Dictionary
- cop, caríciaCatalan, Valencian
- pohlazení, bití, úder, mrtvice, tah, hladit, mozková mrtviceCzech
- ae, apopleksi, slagtilfælde, slagDanish
- Schlag, Schlagmann, streicheln, Strich, Schlaganfall, Zug, Hirninfarkt, Schlagerl, Hirnschlag, Hieb, Apoplexie, Hub, Federstrich, streichen, Streich, ApoplexGerman
- frapo, bato, apopleksioEsperanto
- trazo, golpe, pincelada, brazada, apoplejía, accidente cerebro vascular, remada, caricia, acariciarSpanish
- veto, lyönti, aivoverenkiertohäiriö, isku, piirto, silittää, vinoviiva, uintityyli, sivellä, pyyhkäistä, silitys, pyyhkiäFinnish
- caresser, coup, infarctus, trait, caresse, AVC, barre oblique, brasse, accident vasculaire cérébral, attaque cérébraleFrench
- streakjeWestern Frisian
- buille, bualadh, beum, slìogScottish Gaelic
- פעימה, חתירה, שבץ מוחי, שָׁבָץHebrew
- simít, simogat, agyvérzés, simogatás, vonásHungarian
- շոյում, հարված, կաթվածArmenian
- battuta, accarezzare, colpo di remo, tratto, colpo, pennellata, palata, giocata, carezza, bracciata, tempo, colpo apoplettico, voga, vogata, ictus, rintocco, capovoga, corsaItalian
- 劃, 筆画, 脳梗塞, 画, なでる, 撫でるJapanese
- StréchLuxembourgish, Letzeburgesch
- moremore, tarawete, ikura roro, poutoki, mate ikura roro, patunga, haukuru, tūmomo kau, hokomirimiriMāori
- angin ahmarMalay
- haal, beroerte, aaien, streek, slag, klap, klokslag, strelen, strijkenDutch
- slag, tak, strøkNorwegian
- głaskać, cios, styl, wylew, suw, głaskanie, skok, kreska, pociągnięcie, ukośnik, apopleksjaPolish
- pincelada, carícia, badalada, raquetada, pancada, remada, tacada, acariciar, [[estilo]] ([[de]] [[nado]]/[[natação]]), derrame, traço, barraPortuguese
- бой часо́в, уда́р, черта́, инсу́льт, штрих, парали́ч, мазо́к, погла́живание, гребо́к, гладить, погладитьRussian
- ledhatoj, fërkojAlbanian
- slag, slaganfall, tag, simtag, streck, årtag, snedstreck, hugg, slå, klockslag, drag, strykning, stroke, strykaSwedish
- sıvazlamak, okşamakTurkish
- breinaflap, breinaparalüd, penamaliun, paopläg, penaliunVolapük
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