- the act or an instance of striking, as with the fist, a weapon, or a hammer; a blow.
- a hitting of or upon anything.
- a striking of a clapper or hammer, as on a bell.
- the sound produced by this.
- a throb or pulsation, as of the heart.
- Also called apoplexy, cerebrovascular accident. Pathology. a blockage or hemorrhage of a blood vessel leading to the brain, causing inadequate oxygen supply and, depending on the extent and location of the abnormality, such symptoms as weakness, paralysis of parts of the body, speech difficulties, and, if severe, loss of consciousness or death.
- something likened to a blow in its effect, as in causing pain, injury, or death; an attack of apoplexy or paralysis.
- a destructive discharge of lightning.
- a vigorous movement, as if in dealing a blow.
- Sports. a hitting of a ball, as by the swing of a racquet in tennis or the controlled jabbing or thrusting with the cue in pool and billiards.
- a single complete movement, especially one continuously repeated in some process.
- 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.
- a movement of a pen, pencil, brush, graver, or the like.
- a mark traced by or as if by one movement of a pen, pencil, brush, or the like.
- a distinctive or effective touch in a literary composition: His style revealed the stroke of a master.
- a single or minimal act, piece, or amount of work, activity, etc.: to refuse to do a stroke of work.
- an attempt to attain some object: a bold stroke for liberty.
- a measure adopted for a particular purpose.
- a keystroke: no more than 65 strokes to the line for business letters.
- a feat or achievement: a stroke of genius.
- a sudden or chance happening, as of luck or fortune.
- to mark with a stroke or strokes, as of a pen; cancel, as by a stroke of a pen.
- to row as a stroke oar of (a boat or crew).
- to set the stroke for the crew of (a boat).
- Sports. to hit (a ball), as with a deliberate, smooth swing of a bat or club.
Origin of stroke1
Synonyms for strokeSee more synonyms for on Thesaurus.com
- 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.
- an act or instance of stroking; a stroking movement.
Origin of stroke2
- 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
Related Words for strokeblow, shock, collapse, rub, caress, brush, hit, flourish, move, feat, achievement, movement, apoplexy, convulsion, attack, fit, fondle, soothe, pet, comfort
Examples from the Web for stroke
Contemporary Examples of stroke
With every stroke, her leather boot creaked under the weight of her leg.Dungeons and Genital Clamps: Inside a Legendary BDSM Chateau
December 20, 2014
And finally, when you ask for your car, your dress, whatever it is you want, stroke his hand.Russia’s Gold Digger Academy
November 11, 2014
In a stroke, and if his words are genuine, Tim Cook has just become Gay Superman.Tim Cook: Why ‘I’m Gay’ Isn’t Enough
October 30, 2014
In a stroke of genius, he enlisted Bundy to vouch for him on tape.Cliven Bundy’s Brokeback Mountain Moment
October 19, 2014
He would pull her toward him, hug her, kiss her, and stroke her hair.It Was All a Dream: Drama, Bullshit, and the Rebirth of The Source Magazine
October 14, 2014
Historical Examples of stroke
It would be a stroke of luck if I could stumble on one of his hiding places!Brave and Bold
If they have to stroke 'em they do it plenty gingerly and you can see 'em shudderin' inside like.The Spenders
Harry Leon Wilson
He must have thick, flossy hair like Mimi, so that I can stroke him.Life and Death of Harriett Frean
Do, some kind Christian, pump a stroke or two, just to wet my whistle.A Rill from the Town Pump (From "Twice Told Tales")
You have not done a stroke of work all this morning; quite an unusual thing for you, George.Life in London
- the act or an instance of striking; a blow, knock, or hit
- a sudden action, movement, or occurrencea stroke of luck
- a brilliant or inspired act or feata stroke of genius
- pathol apoplexy; rupture of a blood vessel in the brain resulting in loss of consciousness, often followed by paralysis, or embolism or thrombosis affecting a cerebral vessel
- the striking of a clock
- the hour registered by the striking of a clockon the stroke of three
- a mark, flourish, or line made by a writing implement
- another name for solidus, used esp when dictating or reading aloud
- a light touch or caress, as with the fingers
- a pulsation, esp of the heart
- a single complete movement or one of a series of complete movements
- sport the act or manner of striking the ball with a racket, club, bat, etc
- any one of the repeated movements used by a swimmer to propel himself through the water
- a manner of swimming, esp one of several named styles such as the crawl or butterfly
- 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
- a single pull on an oar or oars in rowing
- manner or style of rowing
- the oarsman who sits nearest the stern of a shell, facing the cox, and sets the rate of striking for the rest of the crew
- US informal a compliment or comment that enhances a person's self-esteem
- (modifier) slang, mainly US pornographic; masturbatorystroke magazines
- a stroke or a stroke of work (usually used with a negative) a small amount of work
- off one's stroke performing or working less well than usual
- on the stroke of punctually at
- (tr) to touch, brush, or caress lightly or gently
- (tr) to mark a line or a stroke on or through
- to act as the stroke of (a racing shell)
- (tr) sport to strike (a ball) with a smooth swinging blow
- (tr) US and Canadian informal to handle or influence (someone) with care, using persuasion, flattery, etc
Word Origin for stroke
- printing another name for solidus
Word Origin for virgule
Word Origin and History for stroke
"act of striking," c.1300, probably from Old English *strac, from Proto-Germanic *straikaz (cf. Middle Low German strek, German streich, Gothic striks "stroke"), related to the verb stracian (see stroke (v.)). The meaning "mark of a pen" is from 1560s; that of "a striking of a clock" is from mid-15c. Sense of "feat, achievement" (e.g. stroke of luck, 1853) first found 1670s; the meaning "single pull of an oar or single movement of machinery" is from 1731. Meaning "apoplectic seizure" is from 1590s (originally the Stroke of God's Hand). Swimming sense is from 1800.
"pass the hand gently over," Old English stracian, related to strican "pass over lightly," from Proto-Germanic *straikojanan, which is related to the root of strike, from PIE root *streig- (see strigil). Figurative sense of "soothe, flatter" is recorded from 1510s. The noun meaning "a stroking movement of the hand" is recorded from 1630s. Related: Stroked; stroking.
thin sloping line, used as a comma in medieval MSS, 1837, from French virgule, from Latin virgula "punctuation mark," literally "little twig," diminutive of virga "shoot, rod, stick." The word had been borrowed in its Latin form in 1728.
- 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
- 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
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.
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).