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Meaning & Definition of Stroke in English

English

Stroke

/stroʊk/

noun

1. (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"
    synonym:
  • stroke
  • ,
  • shot

2. The maximum movement available to a pivoted or reciprocating piece by a cam

    synonym:
  • throw
  • ,
  • stroke
  • ,
  • cam stroke

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

    synonym:
  • stroke
  • ,
  • apoplexy
  • ,
  • cerebrovascular accident
  • ,
  • CVA

4. A light touch

    synonym:
  • stroke

5. A light touch with the hands

    synonym:
  • stroke
  • ,
  • stroking

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

  • "Nicklaus won by three strokes"
    synonym:
  • stroke

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

    synonym:
  • stroke

8. 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"
    synonym:
  • accident
  • ,
  • stroke
  • ,
  • fortuity
  • ,
  • chance event

9. A punctuation mark (/) used to separate related items of information

    synonym:
  • solidus
  • ,
  • slash
  • ,
  • virgule
  • ,
  • diagonal
  • ,
  • stroke
  • ,
  • separatrix

10. A mark made on a surface by a pen, pencil, or paintbrush

  • "She applied the paint in careful strokes"
    synonym:
  • stroke

11. Any one of the repeated movements of the limbs and body used for locomotion in swimming or rowing

    synonym:
  • stroke

12. A single complete movement

    synonym:
  • stroke

verb

1. Touch lightly and repeatedly, as with brushing motions

  • "He stroked his long beard"
    synonym:
  • stroke

2. Strike a ball with a smooth blow

    synonym:
  • stroke

3. Row at a particular rate

    synonym:
  • stroke

4. Treat gingerly or carefully

  • "You have to stroke the boss"
    synonym:
  • stroke

Examples of using

Don't stroke the cat the wrong way.
I always thought that a stroke was one of nature's ways to tell you that it's time to die.
A lot of people buy lotteries dreaming of wealth at one stroke.