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Princeton's WordNet

  1. stroke, shotnoun

    (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 strokenoun

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

  3. stroke, apoplexy, cerebrovascular accident, CVAnoun

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

  4. strokenoun

    a light touch

  5. stroke, strokingnoun

    a light touch with the hands

  6. strokenoun

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

    "Nicklaus won by three strokes"

  7. strokenoun

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

  8. accident, stroke, fortuity, chance eventnoun

    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, separatrixnoun

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

  10. strokenoun

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

    "she applied the paint in careful strokes"

  11. strokenoun

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

  12. strokeverb

    a single complete movement

  13. strokeverb

    touch lightly and repeatedly, as with brushing motions

    "He stroked his long beard"

  14. strokeverb

    strike a ball with a smooth blow

  15. strokeverb

    row at a particular rate

  16. strokeverb

    treat gingerly or carefully

    "You have to stroke the boss"

Webster Dictionary

  1. Stroke


  2. Strokeverb

    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. Strokeverb

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

  4. Strokeverb

    the striking of the clock to tell the hour

  5. Strokeverb

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

  6. Strokeverb

    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. Strokeverb

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

  8. Strokeverb

    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. Strokeverb

    a throb or beat, as of the heart

  10. Strokeverb

    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. Strokeverb

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

  12. Strokeverb

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

  13. Strokeverb

    the rower who pulls the stroke oar; the strokesman

  14. Strokeverb

    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. Strokeverb

    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. Strokeverb

    power; influence

  17. Strokeverb


  18. Strokeverb

    to strike

  19. Strokeverb

    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. Strokeverb

    to make smooth by rubbing

  21. Strokeverb

    to give a finely fluted surface to

  22. Strokeverb

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

  23. Etymology: [OE. stroken, straken, AS. strcian, fr. strcan to go over, pass. See Strike, v. t., and cf. Straggle.]


  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.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Stroke

    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.]

  2. Stroke

    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.]

  3. Stroke

    strōk, obsolete pa.p. of strike.

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)

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. stroke

    A pull or single sweep of the oars in rowing; hence the order, "Row a long stroke," which is intended to move the boat forward more steadily.

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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 for stroke »

  1. Stoker

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of stroke in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of stroke in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

Examples of stroke in a Sentence

  1. Jon Goulding:

    A screen for cardiovascular risk factors( e.g. diabetes, hypertension etc.) is crucial to pick up those which could be treated, to reduce the risk of heart attack and stroke patients with psoriasis already carry a higher than average risk of cardiovascular disease, so they should strictly follow standard public health advice about maintaining a healthy body weight and exercise levels, stop smoking, and reduce alcohol intake.

  2. Montel Williams:

    Maybe about a month before, I was watching' Dr. Oz' and I saw an episode on stroke.

  3. Adnan Qureshi:

    Due to its social nature and controlled pace, people often maintain motivation and the ability to continue playing the sport even in older age and after suffering heart attack or stroke, while walking and low intensity jogging may be comparable exercise, they lack the competitive excitement of golf. Regular exercise, exposure to a less polluted environment and social interactions provided by golf are all positive for health.

  4. Eric Leuthardt:

    In a stroke patient they have had an injury to one side of their brain that causes their hand to be paralyzed. So we are taking a signal from the uninjured side of the brain and decoding that intention to move.

  5. Andrew Freeman:

    A heart attack is a heart attack, and a brain attack is a stroke.

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Translations for stroke

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  • السكتة الدماغيةArabic
  • 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
  • silitamaEstonian
  • 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
  • frapoIdo
  • 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, ストロークJapanese
  • mulceōLatin
  • 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
  • mângâiaRomanian
  • 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
  • จังหวะThai
  • sıvazlamak, okşamakTurkish
  • breinaflap, breinaparalüd, penamaliun, paopläg, penaliunVolapük
  • 行程Chinese

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    separate or cut with a tool, such as a sharp instrument
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