stroke (plural strokes)
- An act of stroking moving one's hand over a surface.
- She gave the cat a stroke.
- A blow or hit.
- a stroke on the chin
- 1611, The Holy Bible, […] (King James Version), imprinted at London: By Robert Barker, […], OCLC 964384981 ↗, Deuteronomy 19:5 ↗:
- His hand fetcheth a stroke with the axe to cut down the tree.
- 1622, Francis, Lord Verulam, Viscount St. Alban [i.e. Francis Bacon], The Historie of the Raigne of King Henry the Seventh, […], London: Printed by W[illiam] Stansby for Matthew Lownes, and William Barret, OCLC 1086746628 ↗:
- He likewise entered and won in effect the whole kingdom of Naples itself, without striking stroke.
- A single movement with a tool.
- (golf) A single act of striking at the ball with a club. Also, at matchplay, a shot deducted from a player's score at a hole as a result of a handicapping system.
- (tennis) The hitting of a ball with a racket, or the movement of the racket and arm that produces that impact.
- (rowing) The movement of an oar or paddle through water, either the pull which actually propels the vessel or a single entire cycle of movement including the pull.
- (cricket) The action of hitting the ball with the bat; a shot.
- A thrust as of a piston or of the penis during sexual intercourse.
- An act of striking with a weapon
- One of a series of beats or movements against a resisting medium, by means of which movement through or upon it is accomplished.
- the stroke of a bird's wing in flying, or of an oar in rowing
- the stroke of a skater, swimmer, etc.
- A powerful or sudden effort by which something is done, produced, or accomplished; also, something done or accomplished by such an effort.
- a stroke of genius; a stroke of business; a master stroke of policy
- A line drawn with a pen or other writing implement, particularly:
- A streak made with a brush.
- The time when a clock strikes.
- on the stroke of midnight
- (swimming) A style, a single movement within a style.
- butterfly stroke
- (medicine) The loss of brain function arising when the blood supply to the brain is suddenly interrupted.
- (obsolete) A sudden attack of any disease, especially when fatal; any sudden, severe affliction or calamity.
- a stroke of apoplexy; the stroke of death
- At this one stroke the man looked dead in law.
- (rowing) The oar nearest the stern of a boat, by which the other oars are guided.
- (rowing) The rower who is nearest the stern of the boat.
- (professional wrestling) Backstage influence.
- (squash) A point awarded to a player in case of interference or obstruction by the opponent.
- (sciences) An individual discharge of lightning.
- A flash of lightning may be made up of several strokes. If they are separated by enough time for the eye to distinguish them, the lightning will appear to flicker.
- (obsolete) The result or effect of a striking; injury or affliction; soreness.
- An addition or amendment to a written composition; a touch.
- to give some finishing strokes to an essay
- A throb or beat, as of the heart.
- Power; influence.
- where money beareth all the stroke
- He has a great stroke with the reader.
- (obsolete) Appetite.
- In transactional analysis, a (generally positive) reaction to a person, fulfilling their needs or desires.
- (act of stroking, petting) caress
- (blow) blow, hit, beat
- (act of striking with a weapon) blow
- (single movement with a tool)
- (made with a pen) stroke of the pen
- (time when a clock strikes) hour
- (particular style of swimming)
- (in medical sense) cerebrovascular accident, CVA
- (in wrestling)
- French: coup
- German: Schlag, Hieb
- Italian: colpo
- Portuguese: pancada, ataque
- Russian: уда́р
- Spanish: golpe
- German: Schlag
- Italian: voga, vogata, palata, colpo di remo
- Portuguese: remada
- Russian: гребо́к
- Spanish: remada
- French: trait
- German: Strich, Zug (seldom), Federstrich
- Italian: tratto
- Portuguese: traço
- Russian: штрих
- Spanish: trazo
- French: brasse
- German: Schlag, Zug
- Italian: bracciata
- Portuguese: estilo (de nado/natação)
- Spanish: brazada
- French: accident vasculaire cérébral, attaque cérébrale, AVC, infarctus
- German: Schlaganfall, Hirninfarkt, Hirnschlag, Apoplexie, (short form, colloquial) Apoplex, (colloquial) Schlagerl
- Italian: colpo apoplettico, ictus, accidente cerebrovascolare
- Portuguese: derrame, acidente vascular cerebral
- Russian: парали́ч
- Spanish: apoplejía, accidente cerebro vascular, ACV, ictus
- Portuguese: pancada
stroke (strokes, present participle stroking; past and past participle stroked)
- (transitive) To move one's hand or an object (such as a broom) along (a surface) in one direction.
- He dried the falling drops, and, yet more kind, / He stroked her cheeks.
- (transitive, cricket) To hit the ball with the bat in a flowing motion.
- (masonry) To give a finely fluted surface to.
- (transitive, rowing) To row the stroke oar of.
- to stroke a boat
- French: caresser
- German: streicheln, streichen
- Italian: accarezzare
- Portuguese: acariciar
- Russian: гла́дить
- Spanish: acariciar