Definition of "stroke" []

  • The act or an instance of striking, as with the hand, a weapon, or a tool; a blow or impact. (noun)
  • The striking of a bell or gong. (noun)
  • The sound so produced. (noun)
  • The time so indicated: at the stroke of midnight. (noun)
  • A sudden action or process having a strong impact or effect: a stroke of lightning. (noun)
  • The act or an instance of striking; a blow, knock, or hit (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

  • A sudden action, movement, or occurrence (noun)
  • A brilliant or inspired act or feat (noun)
  • 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 (noun)
  • The striking of a clock (noun)
  • The hour registered by the striking of a clock (noun)
  • A mark, flourish, or line made by a writing implement (noun)
  • Another name for solidus, used esp when dictating or reading aloud (noun)
  • A light touch or caress, as with the fingers (noun)
  • A pulsation, esp of the heart (noun)
  • A single complete movement or one of a series of complete movements (noun)
  • The act or manner of striking the ball with a racket, club, bat, etc (noun)
  • Any one of the repeated movements used by a swimmer to propel himself through the water (noun)
  • A manner of swimming, esp one of several named styles such as the crawl or butterfly (noun)
  • Any one of a series of linear movements of a reciprocating part, such as a piston (noun)
  • The distance travelled by such a part from one end of its movement to the other (noun)
  • A single pull on an oar or oars in rowing (noun)
  • Manner or style of rowing (noun)
  • 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 (noun)
  • A compliment or comment that enhances a person's self-esteem (noun)
  • Pornographic; masturbatory (noun)
  • To touch, brush, or caress lightly or gently (verb)
  • To mark a line or a stroke on or through (verb)
  • To act as the stroke of (a racing shell) (verb)
  • To strike (a ball) with a smooth swinging blow (verb)
  • To handle or influence (someone) with care, using persuasion, flattery, etc (verb) (c) HarperCollins Publishers Ltd 2016

Use "stroke" in a sentence
  • "But the war over, peace came, and came as a levin stroke from a clear sky the Great Refusal, the abdication by that nation of world leadership."
  • "A frequent outcome after sustaining a stroke is a change in the muscles 'ability to move."
  • "His only form of communication after the stroke is his ability to communicate by blinking through his one eye."