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stroke

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[ strohk ]
/ stroʊk /
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noun
verb (used with object), stroked, strok·ing.
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Origin of stroke

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First recorded in 1250–1300; Middle English noun strok(e), stroc, strocke, strak(e), probably continuing unattested Old English strāc (whence strācian ”to stroke”); cognate with German Streich; akin to strike;see also stroke2

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1, 7. See blow1.

Other definitions for stroke (2 of 2)

stroke2
[ 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; caress.

Origin of stroke

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First recorded before 900; Middle English verb stroke(n), strake, Old English strācian; cognate with German streichen; akin to strike
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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
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Scientific 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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Cultural 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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Other 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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