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  1. a downward stroke, as of a machine part, piston, or the like.
  2. a downward stroke in writing, often heavier and darker than an upward stroke.
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Origin of downstroke

First recorded in 1850–55; down1 + stroke1
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Examples from the Web for downstroke

Historical Examples of downstroke

  • Capital E consists of a downstroke with a bar in the centre.

    The Detection of Forgery

    Douglas Blackburn

  • Her axe shone, on the upstroke, on the downstroke, as she hacked at his hand.

    The Were-Wolf

    Clemence Housman

  • The capital letter "D" in Dallas is characterized by a staff or downstroke slanting at about a 30 angle.

    Warren Commission (7 of 26): Hearings Vol. VII (of 15)

    The President's Commission on the Assassination of President Kennedy

  • The length L is made long enough so that O is kept covered up during the downstroke.

  • During an upstroke this closes, and the other opens; the reverse happening during a downstroke.

    How it Works

    Archibald Williams