stroke

1
[ strohk ]
/ stroʊk /

noun

verb (used with object), stroked, strok·ing.


Nearby words

  1. strode,
  2. stroessner,
  3. stroessner, alfredo,
  4. stroganoff,
  5. stroheim,
  6. stroke hole,
  7. stroke oar,
  8. stroke play,
  9. stroke volume,
  10. stroke work index

Origin of stroke

1
1250–1300; Middle English strok, strak (noun), probably continuing Old English *strāc (whence strācian to stroke2); cognate with German Streich; akin to strike

Synonym study

1, 7. See blow1.

stroke

2
[ strohk ]
/ stroʊk /

verb (used with object), stroked, strok·ing.

to pass the hand or an instrument over (something or somebody) lightly or with little pressure; rub gently, as in soothing or caressing.
Informal. to promote feelings of self-approval in; flatter.

noun

an act or instance of stroking; a stroking movement.

Origin of stroke

2
before 900; Middle English stroken (v.), Old English strācian; cognate with German streichen; akin to strike

virgule

[ vur-gyool ]
/ ˈvɜr gyul /

noun

a short oblique stroke (/) between two words indicating that whichever is appropriate may be chosen to complete the sense of the text in which they occur: The defendant and his/her attorney must appear in court.
a dividing line, as in dates, fractions, a run-in passage of poetry to show verse division, etc.: 3/21/27; “Sweetest love, I do not go/For weariness of thee.” (John Donne)
a short oblique stroke (/) used in computing; a forward slash.

Origin of virgule

1830–40; < French virgule comma, little rod < Latin virgula; see virgulate

Also called diagonal, separatrix, shilling mark, slant, slash, solidus; especially British stroke.

Can be confusedbackslash forward slash virgule

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British Dictionary definitions for stroke

stroke

/ (strəʊk) /

noun

verb

Word Origin for stroke

Old English strācian; related to Middle Low German strēken; see strike

virgule

/ (ˈvɜːɡjuːl) /

noun

printing another name for solidus

Word Origin for virgule

C19: from French: comma, from Latin virgula a little rod, from virga rod

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Word Origin and History for stroke
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Medicine definitions for stroke

stroke

[ strōk ]

n.

A sudden severe attack, as of paralysis or sunstroke.
A sudden loss of brain function caused by a blockage or rupture of a blood vessel to the brain, resulting in necrosis of brain tissue and characterized by loss of muscular control, diminution or loss of sensation or consciousness, dizziness, slurred speech, or other symptoms that vary with the extent and severity of brain damage.cerebral accident cerebral infarction cerebrovascular accident

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Science definitions for stroke

stroke

[ strōk ]

A sudden loss of brain function caused by a blockage or rupture of a blood vessel of the brain, resulting in necrosis of brain tissue (called a cerebral infarct) and characterized by loss of muscular control, weakening or loss of sensation or consciousness, dizziness, slurred speech, or other symptoms that vary with the extent and severity of brain damage. Also called cerebrovascular accident
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Culture definitions for stroke

stroke

A sudden loss of brain function caused by an interruption in the supply of blood to the brain. A ruptured blood vessel or cerebral thrombosis may cause the stroke, which can occur in varying degrees of severity from temporary paralysis and slurred speech to permanent brain damage and death.

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Idioms and Phrases with stroke

stroke

see at one stroke; no accounting for taste (different strokes for different folks); put one off one's stride (stroke).

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