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The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Dead-stroke \Dead"-stroke`\, a. (Mech.) Making a stroke without recoil; deadbeat. [1913 Webster] Dead-stroke hammer (Mach.), a power hammer having a spring interposed between the driving mechanism and the hammer head, or helve, to lessen the recoil of the hammer and reduce the shock upon the mechanism. [1913 Webster]