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NOUN (12)

1. (sports) the act of swinging or striking at a ball with a club or racket or bat or cue or hand;
- Example: "it took two strokes to get out of the bunker"
- Example: "a good shot requires good balance and tempo"
- Example: "he left me an almost impossible shot"
[syn: stroke, shot]

2. the maximum movement available to a pivoted or reciprocating piece by a cam;
[syn: throw, stroke, cam stroke]

3. a sudden loss of consciousness resulting when the rupture or occlusion of a blood vessel leads to oxygen lack in the brain;
[syn: stroke, apoplexy, cerebrovascular accident, CVA]

4. a light touch;

5. a light touch with the hands;
[syn: stroke, stroking]

6. (golf) the unit of scoring in golf is the act of hitting the ball with a club;
- Example: "Nicklaus won by three strokes"

7. the oarsman nearest the stern of the shell who sets the pace for the rest of the crew;

8. anything that happens suddenly or by chance without an apparent cause;
- Example: "winning the lottery was a happy accident"
- Example: "the pregnancy was a stroke of bad luck"
- Example: "it was due to an accident or fortuity"
[syn: accident, stroke, fortuity, chance event]

9. a punctuation mark (/) used to separate related items of information;
[syn: solidus, slash, virgule, diagonal, stroke, separatrix]

10. a mark made on a surface by a pen, pencil, or paintbrush;
- Example: "she applied the paint in careful strokes"

11. any one of the repeated movements of the limbs and body used for locomotion in swimming or rowing;

12. a single complete movement;


VERB (4)

1. touch lightly and repeatedly, as with brushing motions;
- Example: "He stroked his long beard"

2. strike a ball with a smooth blow;

3. row at a particular rate;

4. treat gingerly or carefully;
- Example: "You have to stroke the boss"


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Stroke \Stroke\, obs. imp. of Strike. Struck. [1913 Webster]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Stroke \Stroke\, n. [OE. strok, strook, strak, fr. striken. See Strike, v. t.] 1. The act of striking; a blow; a hit; a knock; esp., a violent or hostile attack made with the arm or hand, or with an instrument or weapon. [1913 Webster] His hand fetcheth a stroke with the ax to cut down the tree. --Deut. xix. 5. [1913 Webster] A fool's lips enter into contention and his mouth calleth for strokes. --Prov. xviii. 6. [1913 Webster] He entered and won the whole kingdom of Naples without striking a stroke. --Bacon. [1913 Webster] 2. The result of effect of a striking; injury or affliction; soreness. [1913 Webster] In the day that Lord bindeth up the breach of his people, and healeth the stroke of their wound. --Isa. xxx. 26. [1913 Webster] 3. The striking of the clock to tell the hour. [1913 Webster] Well, but what's o'clock? - Upon the stroke of ten. -- Well, let is strike. --Shak. [1913 Webster] 4. A gentle, caressing touch or movement upon something; a stroking. --Dryden. [1913 Webster] 5. A mark or dash in writing or printing; a line; the touch of a pen or pencil; as, an up stroke; a firm stroke. [1913 Webster] O, lasting as those colors may they shine, Free as thy stroke, yet faultless as thy line. --Pope. [1913 Webster] 6. Hence, by extension, an addition or amandment to a written composition; a touch; as, to give some finishing strokes to an essay. --Addison. [1913 Webster] 7. A sudden attack of disease; especially, a fatal attack; a severe disaster; any affliction or calamity, especially a sudden one; as, a stroke of apoplexy; the stroke of death. [1913 Webster] At this one stroke the man looked dead in law. --Harte. [1913 Webster] 8. A throb or beat, as of the heart. --Tennyson. [1913 Webster] 9. One of a series of beats or movements against a resisting medium, by means of which movement through or upon it is accomplished; as, the stroke of a bird's wing in flying, or an oar in rowing, of a skater, swimmer, etc.; also: (Rowing) (a) The rate of succession of stroke; as, a quick stroke. (b) The oar nearest the stern of a boat, by which the other oars are guided; -- called also stroke oar. (c) The rower who pulls the stroke oar; the strokesman. [1913 Webster] 10. A powerful or sudden effort by which something is done, produced, or accomplished; also, something done or accomplished by such an effort; as, a stroke of genius; a stroke of business; a master stroke of policy. [1913 Webster] 11. (Mach.) The movement, in either direction, of the piston plunger, piston rod, crosshead, etc., as of a steam engine or a pump, in which these parts have a reciprocating motion; as, the forward stroke of a piston; also, the entire distance passed through, as by a piston, in such a movement; as, the piston is at half stroke. [1913 Webster] Note: The respective strokes are distinguished as up and down strokes, outward and inward strokes, forward and back strokes, the forward stroke in stationary steam engines being toward the crosshead, but in locomotives toward the front of the vehicle. [1913 Webster] 12. Power; influence. [Obs.] "Where money beareth [hath] all the stroke." --Robynson (More's Utopia). [1913 Webster] He has a great stroke with the reader. --Dryden. [1913 Webster] 13. Appetite. [Obs.] --Swift. [1913 Webster] To keep stroke, to make strokes in unison. [1913 Webster] The oars where silver, Which to the tune of flutes kept stroke. --Shak. [1913 Webster]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Stroke \Stroke\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Strokeed; p. pr. & vb. n. Strokeing.] [OE. stroken, straken, AS. str[=a]cian, fr. str[imac]can to go over, pass. See Strike, v. t., and cf. Straggle.] 1. To strike. [Obs.] [1913 Webster] Ye mote with the plat sword again Stroken him in the wound, and it will close. --Chaucer. [1913 Webster] 2. To rib gently in one direction; especially, to pass the hand gently over by way of expressing kindness or tenderness; to caress; to soothe. [1913 Webster] He dried the falling drops, and, yet more kind, He stroked her cheeks. --Dryden. [1913 Webster] 3. To make smooth by rubbing. --Longfellow. [1913 Webster] 4. (Masonry) To give a finely fluted surface to. [1913 Webster] 5. To row the stroke oar of; as, to stroke a boat. [1913 Webster]
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):

stroke n 1: (sports) the act of swinging or striking at a ball with a club or racket or bat or cue or hand; "it took two strokes to get out of the bunker"; "a good shot requires good balance and tempo"; "he left me an almost impossible shot" [syn: stroke, shot] 2: the maximum movement available to a pivoted or reciprocating piece by a cam [syn: throw, stroke, cam stroke] 3: a sudden loss of consciousness resulting when the rupture or occlusion of a blood vessel leads to oxygen lack in the brain [syn: stroke, apoplexy, cerebrovascular accident, CVA] 4: a light touch 5: a light touch with the hands [syn: stroke, stroking] 6: (golf) the unit of scoring in golf is the act of hitting the ball with a club; "Nicklaus won by three strokes" 7: the oarsman nearest the stern of the shell who sets the pace for the rest of the crew 8: anything that happens suddenly or by chance without an apparent cause; "winning the lottery was a happy accident"; "the pregnancy was a stroke of bad luck"; "it was due to an accident or fortuity" [syn: accident, stroke, fortuity, chance event] 9: a punctuation mark (/) used to separate related items of information [syn: solidus, slash, virgule, diagonal, stroke, separatrix] 10: a mark made on a surface by a pen, pencil, or paintbrush; "she applied the paint in careful strokes" 11: any one of the repeated movements of the limbs and body used for locomotion in swimming or rowing 12: a single complete movement v 1: touch lightly and repeatedly, as with brushing motions; "He stroked his long beard" 2: strike a ball with a smooth blow 3: row at a particular rate 4: treat gingerly or carefully; "You have to stroke the boss"
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:

496 Moby Thesaurus words for "stroke": Jacksonian epilepsy, Rolandic epilepsy, abdominal epilepsy, abuse, access, accomplished fact, accomplishment, ache, achievement, aching, act, acta, action, activated epilepsy, ad hoc measure, adventure, affect epilepsy, akinetic epilepsy, aneurysm, angina, angina pectoris, answer, aortic insufficiency, aortic stenosis, apoplectic stroke, apoplexy, approach, arrest, arrhythmia, arteriosclerosis, artifice, assay, atherosclerosis, atrial fibrillation, attack, attempt, auricular fibrillation, autonomic epilepsy, band, bang, bar, bash, bat, beat, beating, belt, beriberi heart, bid, biff, bit, blarney, bleed, bleed white, blockage, blow, bonk, breakup, breath, brush, butter, butter up, cardiac arrest, cardiac epilepsy, cardiac insufficiency, cardiac shock, cardiac stenosis, cardiac thrombosis, carditis, caress, cataclysm, catalepsy, cataplexy, chop, climax, clip, clonic spasm, clonus, clout, clump, congenital heart disease, contact, contrivance, convulsion, cor biloculare, cor juvenum, cor triatriatum, coronary, coronary insufficiency, coronary thrombosis, cortical epilepsy, countermove, coup, course of action, crack, cramp, cross-hatching, cursive epilepsy, cut, cutaneous sense, dash, dealings, deed, delineation, demarche, device, diagonal, diastolic hypertension, diastrophism, dig, dint, diplegia, dirty work, disaster, distress, diurnal epilepsy, dodge, doing, doings, dolor, donkeywork, dotted line, drain, drub, drubbing, drudgery, drumming, eclampsia, effort, embolism, employment, encased heart, endeavor, endocarditis, enterprise, epilepsia, epilepsia gravior, epilepsia major, epilepsia minor, epilepsia mitior, epilepsia nutans, epilepsia tarda, epilepsy, epitasis, essay, example, expedient, experiment, exploit, extrasystole, fag, fait accompli, falling sickness, fatigue, fatty heart, feat, feel, feel up, feeling, fibroid heart, fingertip caress, fit, flash, flask-shaped heart, flick, fling, flourish, focal epilepsy, fondle, frenzy, frictionize, frosted heart, fusillade, gambit, gest, gesture, get around, gimmick, glance, go, grand mal, graze, grief, grind, grip, hachure, hairline, hairy heart, half a jiffy, half a mo, half a second, half a shake, hand, hand-mindedness, handiwork, handwork, happening, hatching, haute mal, heart attack, heart block, heart condition, heart disease, heart failure, hemiplegia, high blood pressure, hint, hit, honey, hurt, hypertension, hypertensive heart disease, hysterical epilepsy, ictus, ill-use, impose upon, improvisation, industry, infantile paralysis, injury, instant, iota, ischemic heart disease, jab, jiff, jiffy, job, jolly, jury-rig, jury-rigged expedient, kid along, kiss, knead, knock, labor, lambency, lap, larval epilepsy, laryngeal epilepsy, laryngospasm, last expedient, last resort, last shift, latent epilepsy, lay it on, lesion, lick, lick of work, light touch, line, lineation, lockjaw, make use of, makeshift, maneuver, manipulate, manual labor, mark, massage, matter, matutinal epilepsy, means, measure, menstrual epilepsy, microsecond, milk, millisecond, minute, misuse, mitral insufficiency, mitral stenosis, moil, moment, motion, move, movement, musicogenic epilepsy, myocardial infarction, myocardial insufficiency, myocarditis, myoclonous epilepsy, myovascular insufficiency, nasty blow, nocturnal epilepsy, nose, nuzzle, occlusion, occurrence, offer, oil, operation, orgasm, overdo it, overt act, overthrow, ox heart, pain, palpitation, palsy, pang, paralysis, paralytic stroke, paraplegia, paresis, paroxysm, paroxysmal tachycardia, passage, passion, pat, pelt, performance, pericarditis, pet, petit mal, physiologic epilepsy, pile, pis aller, play on, play up to, plunk, poke, polio, poliomyelitis, pound, premature beat, presume upon, proceeding, production, pseudoaortic insufficiency, psychic epilepsy, psychomotor epilepsy, pulmonary insufficiency, pulmonary stenosis, pulsation, pulse, punch, quake, rap, rat race, reflex epilepsy, res gestae, resort, resource, rheumatic heart disease, rotatoria, round heart, rub, rub against, rub down, rub noses, sclerosis, score, scrap, scut work, sec, second, seizure, sense of touch, sensory epilepsy, sensory paralysis, serial epilepsy, sexual climax, shake, shake-up, shift, shock, shot, slam, slash, slavery, slog, slug, smack, smash, soap, sock, soft-soap, soften up, solution, soothe, sore, sore spot, spadework, spasm, splash, split second, stab, step, stitch, stony heart, stopgap, stoppage, stratagem, streak, streaking, stress, stress of life, striation, strike, string along, strip, stripe, striping, stroke of policy, stroke of work, strong bid, stunt, sublineation, suck dry, suffering, suggestion, swat, sweat, swing, swipe, tachycardia, tactic, tactile sense, taction, take advantage of, tap, tardy epilepsy, task, tattoo, temblor, temporary expedient, tender spot, tentative, tentative poke, tetanus, tetany, thing, thing done, throb, throes, thromboembolism, thrombosis, thump, thwack, tick, tidal wave, tiresome work, toil, tonic epilepsy, tonic spasm, torsion spasm, touch, tour de force, transaction, traumatic epilepsy, travail, treadmill, trial, trial and error, trice, trick, tricuspid insufficiency, tricuspid stenosis, trismus, trump, try, tsunami, turn, turtle heart, twink, twinkle, twinkling, twitch, two shakes, ucinate epilepsy, underline, underlining, underscore, underscoring, undertaking, upheaval, use, use ill, varicose veins, varix, ventricular fibrillation, virgule, visitation, wallop, whack, whisper, whop, wink, work, work on, work upon, working hypothesis, working proposition, works, wound, wrench, yerk
The Jargon File (version 4.4.7, 29 Dec 2003):

stroke n. Common name for the slant (?/?, ASCII 0101111) character. See ASCII for other synonyms.
The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing (18 March 2015):

stroke The oblique stroke character, "/", ASCII 47. See ASCII for other synonyms. [Jargon File]