downstroke (plural downstrokes)

  1. A downward stroke, especially one that is part of a sequence of alternating upward and downward strokes.
    • 1952, C. S. Lewis, The Voyage of the Dawn Treader, Collins, 1998, Chapter 10,
      It was written, not printed; written in a clear, even hand, with thick downstrokes and thin upstrokes, very large, easier than print, and so beautiful that Lucy stared at it for a whole minute and forgot about reading it.
    • 1997, Ted Hughes, Tales from Ovid, London: Faber & Faber, "Erisychthon," lines 41-6, p. 86,
      He snatches an axe—and hauls / The weight of the broad head up and back. / But in that moment, as the blade hangs / Poised for the first downstroke, shudderings / / Swarm through the whole tree, to its outermost twigs / And a groan bursts out of the deep grain.

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