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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"

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Strokenoun

    Etymology: from strook, the preterite of strike

    Th’ oars were silver,
    Which to the tune of flutes kept stroke, and made
    The water which they beat to follow faster,
    As amorous of their strokes. William Shakespeare, Ant. and Cleopatra.

    As cannons overcharg’d with double cracks,
    So they redoubled strokes upon the foe. William Shakespeare.

    He entered and won the whole kingdom of Naples, without striking stroke. Francis Bacon.

    His white-man’d steeds that bow’d beneath the yoke,
    He chear’d to courage with a gentle stroke,
    Then urg’d his fiery chariot on the foe,
    And rising, shook his lance in act to throw. Dryden.

    Both were of shining steel, and wrought so pure,
    As might the strokes of two such arms endure. Dryden.

    I had a long design upon the ears of Curl, but the rogue would never allow me a fair stroke at them, though my penknife was ready. Jonathan Swift.

    Take this purse, thou whom the heav’ns plagues
    Have humbled to all strokes. William Shakespeare, King Lear.

    What is’t o’clock? ——
    Upon the stroke of four. William Shakespeare, Richard III.

    Oh, lasting as those colours may they shine!
    Free as thy stroke, yet faultless as thy line. Alexander Pope.

    Another in my place would take it for a notable stroke of good breeding, to compliment the reader. Roger L'Estrange.

    The boldest strokes of poetry, when managed artfully, most delight the reader. John Dryden, State of Innocence.

    As he purchased the first success in the present war, by forcing, into the service of the confederates, an army that was raised against them, he will give one of the finishing strokes to it, and help to conclude the great work. Addison.

    A verdict more puts me in possession of my estate, I question not but you will give it the finishing stroke. Arbuthnot.

    Isiodore’s collection was the great and bold stroke, which in its main parts has been discovered to be an impudent forgery. Thomas Baker, Reflections on Learning.

    These having equal authority for instruction of the young prince, and well agreeing, bare equal stroke in divers faculties. John Hayward.

    Perfectly opacous bodies can but reflect the incident beams, those that are diaphanous refract them too, and that refraction has such a stroke in the production of colours, generated by the trajection of light through drops of water, that exhibit a rainbow through divers other transparent bodies. Boyle.

    He has a great stroke with the reader when he condemns any of my poems, to make the world have a better opinion of them. Dryden.

    The subtile effluvia of the male seed have the greatest stroke in generation. John Ray.

  2. Stroke or Strookold preterite of strike,

    now commonly struck.

    He hoodwinked with kindness, least of all men knew who stroke him. Philip Sidney.

  3. To Strokeverb

    Etymology: stracan , Saxon.

    Thus children do the silly birds they find
    With stroaking hurt, and too much cramming kill. Philip Sidney.

    The senior weaned, his younger shall teach,
    More stroken and made of, when ought it doth aile,
    More gentle ye make it for yoke or the paile. Thomas Tusser.

    Thy praise or dispraise is to me alike,
    One doth not stroke me, nor the other strike. Ben Jonson.

    He set forth a proclamation stroaking the people with fair promises, and humouring them with invectives against the king and government. Francis Bacon.

    He dry’d the falling drop, and yet more kind,
    He strok’d her cheeks. Dryden.

    Come, let us practise death,
    Stroke the grim lion till he grow familiar. Dryden.

    She pluck’d the rising flow’rs, and fed
    The gentle beast, and fondly stroak’d his head. Addison.

    When the big-udder’d cows with patience stand,
    Waiting the strokings of the damsel’s hand. John Gay.


  1. Stroke

    A stroke is a medical condition in which poor blood flow to the brain causes cell death. There are two main types of stroke: ischemic, due to lack of blood flow, and hemorrhagic, due to bleeding. Both cause parts of the brain to stop functioning properly.Signs and symptoms of a stroke may include an inability to move or feel on one side of the body, problems understanding or speaking, dizziness, or loss of vision to one side. Signs and symptoms often appear soon after the stroke has occurred. If symptoms last less than one or two hours, the stroke is a transient ischemic attack (TIA), also called a mini-stroke. A hemorrhagic stroke may also be associated with a severe headache. The symptoms of a stroke can be permanent. Long-term complications may include pneumonia and loss of bladder control.The main risk factor for stroke is high blood pressure. Other risk factors include high blood cholesterol, tobacco smoking, obesity, diabetes mellitus, a previous TIA, end-stage kidney disease, and atrial fibrillation. An ischemic stroke is typically caused by blockage of a blood vessel, though there are also less common causes. A hemorrhagic stroke is caused by either bleeding directly into the brain or into the space between the brain's membranes. Bleeding may occur due to a ruptured brain aneurysm. Diagnosis is typically based on a physical exam and supported by medical imaging such as a CT scan or MRI scan. A CT scan can rule out bleeding, but may not necessarily rule out ischemia, which early on typically does not show up on a CT scan. Other tests such as an electrocardiogram (ECG) and blood tests are done to determine risk factors and rule out other possible causes. Low blood sugar may cause similar symptoms.Prevention includes decreasing risk factors, surgery to open up the arteries to the brain in those with problematic carotid narrowing, and warfarin in people with atrial fibrillation. Aspirin or statins may be recommended by physicians for prevention. A stroke or TIA often requires emergency care. An ischemic stroke, if detected within three to four and half hours, may be treatable with a medication that can break down the clot. Some hemorrhagic strokes benefit from surgery. Treatment to attempt recovery of lost function is called stroke rehabilitation, and ideally takes place in a stroke unit; however, these are not available in much of the world.In 2013, approximately 6.9 million people had an ischemic stroke and 3.4 million people had a hemorrhagic stroke. In 2015, there were about 42.4 million people who had previously had a stroke and were still alive. Between 1990 and 2010 the number of strokes which occurred each year decreased by approximately 10% in the developed world and increased by 10% in the developing world. In 2015, stroke was the second most frequent cause of death after coronary artery disease, accounting for 6.3 million deaths (11% of the total). About 3.0 million deaths resulted from ischemic stroke while 3.3 million deaths resulted from hemorrhagic stroke. About half of people who have had a stroke live less than one year. Overall, two thirds of strokes occurred in those over 65 years old.


  1. stroke

    A stroke is a medical condition that occurs when the blood supply to a part of the brain is interrupted or reduced, depriving brain tissues of oxygen and nutrients. This can be caused by a blockage (ischemic stroke) or the rupture of a blood vessel in the brain (hemorrhagic stroke). The resulting brain damage can lead to long-term disability or death. Symptoms typically include sudden difficulty speaking, confusion, severe headache, dizziness, loss of balance, and paralysis or numbness on one side of the body.

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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Surnames Frequency by Census Records


    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Stroke is ranked #139228 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Stroke surname appeared 120 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 0 would have the surname Stroke.

    81.6% or 98 total occurrences were White.
    7.5% or 9 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.
    5.8% or 7 total occurrences were Black.

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

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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. Jessica Tarlov:

    No one could've predicted Fetterman would have a stroke and would be well ahead if people didn't have reservationsabout his health, warnock and Kelly are very strong, and my expectation is that they can win their races. When it comes to Mandela Barnes, it was clear that he was vulnerable on crime — which is Ron Johnson's major emphasis — but I wouldn't call him a weak candidate like a Walker or Masters.

  2. Viktor Medvedchuk:

    With one stroke of a pen, Zelensky threw out 1,500 journalists and other employees of the three stations into the street and deprived millions of people of the right to receive objective information.

  3. Scott C. Holstad:

    i want to hold her to me, take away her pain, fear, make her believe someone gives a shit. i want to stroke the nape of her soft downy neck, cover her eyes with my hand, feel her cheeks quiver beneath -- i want to know her, but like one wounded she won’t let them close. she’s afraid to live life at times she feels a feeling similar to one she had as a child but when it appears she pushes the plunger and it disappears.

  4. Randall Johnson:

    If you have a stroke there's suddenly no oxygen going to the brain... Those cells, if they are going to survive, need to find a way to adapt to that level of oxygen.

  5. Bernhard Langer:

    I ’m certain that I am not anchoring the putter and that my putting stroke is not violating the Rules of Golf, i have been in contact with the USGA and rules officials... and each time I have been assured that my putting stroke is within the Rules of Golf.

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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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