- one of a series of alternating continuous movements of something back and forth over or through the same line.
- the complete movement of a moving part, especially a reciprocating part, in one direction.
- the distance traversed in such a movement.
- a half revolution of an engine during which the piston travels from one extreme of its range to the other.
- a type or method of swimming: The crawl is a rapid stroke.
- each of the successive movements of the arms and legs in propelling the body through the water.
- a single pull of the oar.
- the manner or style of moving the oars.
- Also called stroke oar. the crew member nearest to the stern of the boat, to whose strokes those of the other crew members must conform.
- to row as a stroke oar of (a boat or crew).
- to set the stroke for the crew of (a boat).
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How to use stroke in a sentence
Indeed, scientists have linked khat consumption to increased risk of strokes and heart diseases.How the Pandemic Is Saving Lives in the Horn of Africa|Eromo Egbejule|September 3, 2020|Ozy
However, you can bring them back to sharpness with just a few strokes along a sharpening stone.Three Questions to Ask Yourself Before Buying a Knife|Wes Siler|September 3, 2020|Outside Online
So they adopted its broad strokes—including its limits on data collection and its requirements on data storage and data deletion—and then loosened some of its language.Inside China’s unexpected quest to protect data privacy|Tate Ryan-Mosley|August 19, 2020|MIT Technology Review
By itself, such a lopsided stroke would lead to swimming in circles.
Instead of swimming straight by twirling their tails like propellers, human sperm flick their tails lopsidedly and roll to balance out the off-center strokes.
With every stroke, her leather boot creaked under the weight of her leg.Dungeons and Genital Clamps: Inside a Legendary BDSM Chateau|Ian Frisch|December 20, 2014|DAILY BEAST
This video remedies that injustice, showcasing an owl doing a butterfly stroke in Lake Michigan.Swimming Owls, Jane Krakowski’s Peter Pan Live! Audition, and More Viral Videos|The Daily Beast Video|December 7, 2014|DAILY BEAST
And finally, when you ask for your car, your dress, whatever it is you want, stroke his hand.
In a stroke, and if his words are genuine, Tim Cook has just become Gay Superman.
In a stroke of genius, he enlisted Bundy to vouch for him on tape.
I hope the French Government will recognize this dashing stroke of d'Amade's by something more solid than a thank you.Gallipoli Diary, Volume I|Ian Hamilton
She did shout for joy, as with a sweeping stroke or two she lifted her body to the surface of the water.The Awakening and Selected Short Stories|Kate Chopin
Her pulse was beneath his fingers, and with every stroke of it he felt more keenly the mystery and cruelty of life.Bella Donna|Robert Hichens
They were afraid that it was too small; they then put another of 14 inches by the side of the first, the same stroke.
At Wheal Alfred they have a 64-inch cylinder; the air-pump is 20 inches, and the stroke is half that of the engine.
British Dictionary definitions for stroke
- the striking of a clock
- the hour registered by the striking of a clockon the stroke of three
- any one of a series of linear movements of a reciprocating part, such as a piston
- the distance travelled by such a part from one end of its movement to the other
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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.
Other Idioms and Phrases with stroke
see at one stroke; no accounting for taste (different strokes for different folks); put one off one's stride (stroke).