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Definition of the noun stroke

What does stroke mean as a name of something?

noun - plural: strokes

  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
    • domain: athletics / sport
    • lexical domain: Acts - nouns denoting acts or actions
    • synonym of stroke: shot
    • more generic words: maneuver / manoeuvre / play = a deliberate coordinated movement requiring dexterity and skill
    • more specific terms:
      • break = the opening shot that scatters the balls in billiards or pool
      • cannon / carom = a shot in billiards in which the cue ball contacts one object ball and then the other
      • masse shot / masse = a shot in billiards made by hitting the cue ball with the cue held nearly vertically
      • miscue = a faulty shot in billiards
      • undercut / cut = a stroke that puts reverse spin on the ball
      • swipe = a sweeping stroke or blow
      • tennis stroke / tennis shot = the act of hitting a tennis ball with a tennis racket
      • baseball swing / swing / cut = in baseball
      • golf stroke / golf shot / swing = the act of swinging a golf club at a golf ball and (usually) hitting it
    • part: follow-through = the act of carrying a stroke to its natural completion
  2. the maximum movement available to a pivoted or reciprocating piece by a cam
    • lexical domain: Natural Events - nouns denoting natural events
    • synonyms of stroke: cam stroke / throw
    • more generic words: motion / movement = a natural event that involves a change in the position or location of something
    • more specific words:
      • instroke = the stroke of an engine piston moving away from the crankshaft
      • outstroke = the stroke of an engine piston moving toward the crankshaft
  3. a sudden loss of consciousness resulting when the rupture or occlusion of a blood vessel leads to oxygen lack in the brain
  4. a light touch
    • lexical domain: Natural Events - nouns denoting natural events
    • more generic words: touch / touching = the event of something coming in contact with the body
  5. a light touch with the hands
    • lexical domain: Acts - nouns denoting acts or actions
    • synonym of stroke: stroking
    • more generic words: touch / touching = the act of putting two things together with no space between them
    • more specific word: caress = a gentle affectionate 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
    • domain: golf / golf game
    • lexical domain: Quantities - nouns denoting quantities and units of measure
    • more generic word: score = a number that expresses the accomplishment of a team or an individual in a game or contest
  7. the oarsman nearest the stern of the shell who sets the pace for the rest of the crew
    • lexical domain: People - nouns denoting people
    • more generic words: oarsman / rower = someone who rows a boat
  8. anything that happens suddenly or by chance without an apparent cause
  9. a punctuation mark (/) used to separate related items of information
  10. a mark made on a surface by a pen, pencil, or paintbrush
    • example: she applied the paint in careful strokes
    • lexical domain: Communicative Processes - nouns denoting communicative processes and contents
    • more generic words: mark / print = a visible indication made on a surface
    • more specific words:
  11. any one of the repeated movements of the limbs and body used for locomotion in swimming or rowing
    • lexical domain: Acts - nouns denoting acts or actions
    • more generic words: locomotion / travel = self-propelled movement
    • more specific term: swimming stroke = a method of moving the arms and legs to push against the water and propel the swimmer forward
  12. a single complete movement
    • lexical domain: Acts - nouns denoting acts or actions
    • more generic words: motility / motion / move / movement = a change of position that does not entail a change of location
    • more specific terms:
      • key stroke / keystroke = the stroke of a key
      • beat = a stroke or blow
      • bow = a stroke with a curved piece of wood with taut horsehair strands that is used in playing stringed instruments
      • blow = a powerful stroke with the fist or a weapon

Alternative definition of the noun stroke


  1. An act of stroking [gloss, moving one's hand over a surface].
  2. A blow or hit.
  3. A single movement with a tool.
  4. [golf] A single act of striking at the ball with a club.
    • [tennis] The hitting of a ball with a racket, or the movement of the racket and arm that produces that impact.
      • [rowing] The movement of an oar or paddle through water, either the pull which actually propels the vessel or a single entire cycle of movement including the pull.
        • [cricket] The action of hitting the ball with the bat; a shot.
          • A thrust of a piston.
          • A line drawn with a pen or other writing implement.
          • [context: hence, British] The symbol [term, /].
          • [linguistics] A line of a Chinese, Japanese or Korean character.
          • The time when a clock strikes.
          • A particular style of swimming.
          • [medicine] The loss of brain function arising when the blood supply to the brain is suddenly interrupted.
            • [rowing] The rower who is nearest the stern of the boat.
            • [context: professional wrestling] Backstage influence.
              • [squash] A point awarded to a player in case of interference or obstruction by the opponent.

              Specialised definition of the noun stroke

              Glossary of healthcare

              damage to the brain due to a lack of oxygen when the blood flow to the brain is blocked or an artery to the brain leaks

              Glossary of sports

              in racket games, the hitting of a ball or the way in which this is done (2006. Dictionary of Sport and Exercise Science. A&C Black Publishers Ltd)

              a style of swimming, using the arms and legs in a specific way (2006. Dictionary of Sport and Exercise Science. A&C Black Publishers Ltd)

              a single complete movement of the arms and legs when swimming (2006. Dictionary of Sport and Exercise Science. A&C Black Publishers Ltd)

              a rower in a racing boat who sets the pace for the crew (2006. Dictionary of Sport and Exercise Science. A&C Black Publishers Ltd)

              a sudden blockage or breaking of a blood vessel in the brain that can result in loss of consciousness, partial loss of movement or loss of speech (2006. Dictionary of Sport and Exercise Science. A&C Black Publishers Ltd)

              the rower whose stroke sets the rhythm for the rest of the rowers. The stroke sits in the stern of the boat facing the cox (2005. Chambers Sports Factfinder. Chambers Harrap Publishers Ltd)

              Glossary of sports / golf

              the hitting of a ball or the way in which this is done (2006. Dictionary of Sport and Exercise Science. A&C Black Publishers Ltd)

              a swing at the ball with the intent of hitting it

              a golfer's swing in general

              • example: he has a smooth but powerful stroke.

              Glossary of sports / motorsports

              the distance the piston travels within the cylinder

              Glossary of sports / rowing

              a single movement of the oars through the water (2006. Dictionary of Sport and Exercise Science. A&C Black Publishers Ltd)

              the athlete sitting at the stern of the boat, who determines the rhythm and tempo of the strokes (stroke rate). (Herbert Haag & Gerald Haag. 2003. Dictionary. Sport, Physical Education, Sport Science. Kiel, Institut für Sport und Sportwissenschaften)

              the complete single movement of the oars in and out of the water (2005. Chambers Sports Factfinder. Chambers Harrap Publishers Ltd)

              the total rowing motion, including catch, drive, finish, release and recovery

              the rower nearest the stern, who sets the cadence for the rest of the crew

              Glossary of sports / squash

              a point (or the right to serve, depending on the scoring system being used) awarded to a deliberately obstructed player (2005. Chambers Sports Factfinder. Chambers Harrap Publishers Ltd)

              Glossary of sports / tennis

              a swing at the ball; a shot

              Definition of the verb stroke

              What does stroke mean as a doing word?

              Stroke is one of the top 1000 most common verbs in the English language.

              verb - inflections: stroked | stroking | strokes

              1. touch lightly and repeatedly, as with brushing motions
                • example: He stroked his long beard
                • syntax:
                  Syntactic formulaExample for the syntactic formula
                  [Agent - intentional control] [Verb] [Experiencer]Carrie touched his shoulder
                  [Agent - intentional control] [Verb] [Experiencer] with [Instrument]Carrie touched his shoulder with the stick

                  Verbs of Contact (with the same syntax): caress, fondle, grasp, graze, grip, grope, kiss, knead, lick, massage, nudge, pat, paw, peck, pinch, prod, rub, squeeze, sting, tickle, touch, tug, tweak, wring.

                • lexical domain: Contact - verbs of touching, hitting, tying, digging
                • more generic word: touch = make physical contact with, come in contact with
                • more specific words:
                  • caress / fondle = touch or stroke lightly in a loving or endearing manner
                  • lick / lap = pass the tongue over
              2. strike a ball with a smooth blow
                • lexical domain: Competition - verbs of fighting, athletic activities
                • more generic words: hit / strike = make a strategic, offensive, assault against an enemy, opponent, or a target
              3. row at a particular rate
                • lexical domain: Competition - verbs of fighting, athletic activities
                • more generic word: row = propel with oars
              4. treat gingerly or carefully
                • examples: You have to stroke the boss | Sam cannot stroke Sue
                • lexical domain: Communication - verbs of telling, asking, ordering, singing
                • more generic words: blandish / flatter = praise somewhat dishonestly

              Alternative definition of the verb stroke


              1. [transitive] To move one's hand or an object (such as a broom) along (a surface) in one direction.
              2. [transitive, cricket] To hit the ball with the bat in a flowing motion.

              Specialised definition of the verb stroke

              Glossary of sports

              to hit or kick a ball smoothly (2006. Dictionary of Sport and Exercise Science. A&C Black Publishers Ltd)

              to be the rower who sets the pace for the crew (2006. Dictionary of Sport and Exercise Science. A&C Black Publishers Ltd)

              to row at a particular speed or rate of the oars (2006. Dictionary of Sport and Exercise Science. A&C Black Publishers Ltd)

              Glossary of sports / basketball

              to shoot the ball smoothly (2005. Chambers Sports Factfinder. Chambers Harrap Publishers Ltd)

              • example: he's not stroking it well tonight.


              Stroke is a musical group.

              • album: "First in Last Out"


              Stroke is a fictional character from the 2005 film The Ice Harvest.


              1. "Stroke" is a musical album of Scars Borough.
                • released on (5 years ago)
              2. "Stroke" is a cataloged instance, composition.


              "Stroke" is a book by Louis R. Caplan.

              • subjects: Medicine, Internal medicine, Health, Heart, Medical, Neurology, Nursing, Fitness


              1. "Stroke" is a 1993 short drama film written and directed by Mark Sawers.
              2. "Stroke" is a 1993 short film written and directed by Christine Jeffs.
              3. "Stroke" is a film, directed by Chi Chi LaRue.
              4. "Stroke" a.k.a. "Am seidenen Faden" is an award-nominated film, written and directed by Katarina Peters.


              1. Stroke: Reciprocating motion, used in reciprocating engines and other mechanisms, is back-and-forth motion. Each cycle of reciprocation consists of two opposite motions: there is a motion in one direction, and then a motion back in the opposite direction. Each of these is called a stroke. The term is also used to mean the length of the stroke.
                • also known as 冲程
              2. Stroke: CJKV strokes are the calligraphic strokes needed to write the Chinese characters in regular script used in East Asia. CJK strokes are the classified set of line patterns that may be arranged and combined to form Chinese characters in use in China, Japan, Korea, and to a lesser extent in Vietnam.
                • also known as CJK strokes
              3. Stroke is a term which has multiple meanings within the sport of rowing. It is used to refer to the action of propelling the boat with oars, to a rower seated in a particular position and to one side of the boat.
              4. Stroke is a peer-reviewed medical journal published monthly by Lippincott Williams & Wilkins on behalf of the American Heart Association. It covers research on cerebral circulation and related diseases, including clinical research on assessment of risk for stroke, diagnosis, prevention, and treatment, as well as rehabilitation. According to the Journal Citation Reports, the journal has a 2012 impact factor of 6.158, ranking it tenth out of 191 journals in the category "Clinical Neurology" and fifth out of 67 journals in the category "Peripheral Vascular Disease". The current editor-in-chief is Marc Fisher.
              5. Stroke: Pulling a stroke is a phrase used in Ireland to describe an act of deceit performed for personal gain. Elsewhere similar practices are referred to as "pulling a fast one". Successfully pulling a stroke is often seen in a positive light and stroke pullers are often commended or thought of highly, even if the act involved illegal activities or serious rule-bending, and are sometimes seen as loveable rogues.
              6. Stroke is a journal, periodical.
              7. Stroke: Irfan Altafullah, MD explains "What is a stroke?" on clear.

              Phrases with Stroke

              Phrases starting with the word Stroke:

              1. Stroke City
              2. stroke play
              3. Stroke order
              4. Stroke of Work

              Phrases ending with the word Stroke:

              1. J Stroke
              2. cam stroke
              3. key stroke
              4. two-stroke
              5. golf stroke
              6. hair stroke
              7. Heat stroke
              8. ground stroke
              9. tennis stroke
              10. Sheffer Stroke
              11. backhand stroke
              12. forehand stroke
              13. ischemic stroke
              14. swimming stroke
              15. butterfly stroke
              16. ischaemic stroke

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              Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Stroke

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              Google previewCarotid Artery Disease (2010)

              by Mark K. Escandari, William H. Pearce, James S. T. Yao

              Stroke is the third leading cause of death in the United States, following heart disease and cancer. Although more than...

              Google previewMedical Neurobiology (2017)

              by Peggy Mason

              Stroke is a medical emergency, and treatment is aimed at recovering function of as much of the penumbral area as possible.

              A final common cause of ischemic stroke is the occlusion of small vessels either from very small atheromata (plural ...

              Google previewMolecular and Cellular Neurobiology (2005)

              by M. K. Thakur, S. Prasad

              Mohali- 1 60 062, India Abstract Stroke is a third leading cause of death and the first major cause of chronic disability.

              MAP Kinases, gene activation, therapeutics Introduction Stroke is an acute neurological injury occurring as a result of ...

              Google previewGeriatrics (2012)

              by Patrick M. Kortebein, MD, Kevin W. Means, MD

              Stroke is the third most common cause of death in the □ Western world, behind heart disease and cancer. Stroke is a leading cause of neurologic disability; □ accounts for over half of patients hospitalized for acute neurologic disease. 28% of ...

              Google previewOutcomes in Neurological and Neurosurgical Disorders (2006)

              by Michael Swash, J. Wilden

              Definitions Stroke is a focal neurological deficit of acute onset of a presumed vascular origin. This definition...

              Google previewSensorimotor Control of Grasping (2009)

              Physiology and Pathophysiology by Dennis A. Nowak

              General information about stroke Stroke is an acute neurological event that is caused by an alteration in blood flow to the brain.

              Google previewDonny's Unauthorized Technical Guide to Harley Davidson 1936 to Present (2008)

              Volume II: Performancing the Twin Cam by Donny Petersen

              The TC88's lower stroke means more reliability with slower piston speed and allowing for the potential of slightly higher revs.

              Google previewACLS Study Guide (2012)

              by Barbara J Aehlert

              A stroke is a sudden change in neurologic function caused by a change in cerebral blood flow. A stroke is also called a brain attack. The public is familiar with the phrase heart attack. Because a stroke happens in the brain rather than in the ...

              Google previewPrinciples & Protocols (2010)

              by Shane A. Marshall, John Ruedy

              Stroke is a medical emergency, and recombinant tissue plasminogen activator ( rtPA, or alteplase), when administered...

              Google previewMy Heart, I Want to Keep It (2012)

              by George P. Bouchoc

              Stroke is a disorder of the cardiovascular system affecting the arteries and veins of the nervous system. It is the direct result of...

              Stroke is the third largest cause of death among Americans after heart disease and cancer. Although it affects the ...

              Google previewBasic Canoeing (2003)

              All the Skills You Need to Get Started by Jon Rounds

              FORWARD STROKE The forward stroke is the engine that drives the boat, and though instructors may be reluctant to admit it, even a lousy one does...

              And the forward stroke is an excellent place to start practicing the basic principles of posture and rotation that extend to all strokes. Rhythm Developing a fluid, powerful forward stroke is a matter of putting the various elements together with the right timing.

              Google previewClinical Exercise Physiology (2013)

              by Jonathan K. Ehrman, Paul M. Gordon, Paul S. Visich, Steven J. Keteyian

              A stroke is the loss of blood flow to a region of the brain. This loss can occur because ofa manifestation of cardiovascular disease, characterized by the buildup of atherosclerotic plaque in cerebrovascular arteries, ultimately resulting in an ...

              Google previewHandbook of Experimental Neurology (2006)

              Methods and Techniques in Animal Research by Turgut Tatlisumak, Marc Fisher

              Introduction Stroke is the second leading cause of mortality worldwide1 and...

              Google previewTriathlete Magazine's Guide to Finishing Your First Triathlon (2013)

              by T. J. Murphy

              A balanced stroke means that you are recruiting a variety of muscles throughout the entire range of the pedal circle.

              Google previewThe Complete Encyclopedia of Natural Healing (2005)

              by Gary Null

              A stroke can produce different symptoms depending upon the part of the brain that is affected and the length of time that the brain is without oxygen. Small strokes may escape awareness and produce slight numbness on the face or another ...

              Google previewDrum Rudiment Dictionary (2005)

              A Complete Reference Guide Containing the Percussive Arts Society's 40 International Drum Rudiments by Jay Wanamaker

              Single StrOke ROll, ...

              Google previewThe Encyclopedia Americana (1905)

              A universal reference library comprising the arts and sciences ... commerce, etc., of the world by George Edwin Rines, Frederick Converse Beach

              These methods involve motions of the limbs which may be conveniently designated as the breast or front stroke, the side stroke, the overhand stroke, swimming on the back, diving, floating, and treading. In general, so long as the arms and ...

              Google previewGuitar Chord Progression Encyclopedia (1998)

              by Howard Wallach

              are to be played with a down stroke ( 1 ), and all strums that fall on an upbeat (&) are to be played with an up stroke ( t ). (Only strum three or four strings on an up ...

              Google previewEncyclopedia of Aging and Public Health (2008)

              by Sana Loue, Martha Sajatovic

              Diabetes Hypertension Vascular dementia Suicide Filipino Japanese Hypertension Diabetes Gout Tuberculosis Esophageal, liver, and stomach cancer Cancer Breast cancer Prostate cancer Hemorrhagic stroke Vascular dementia Diabetes ...

              Google previewEncyclopedia of Nursing Research, Third Edition (2011)

              by Joyce J. Fitzpatrick, Meredith Kazer

              A hemorrhagic stroke results from the rupture of a blood vessel either in the space between the brain and the skull (subarachnoid hemorrhage) or deep within the brain tissue (intracerebral hemorrhage; AhA, 2004). A transient ischemic attack ...

              Google previewThe Dictionary of Unfamiliar Words (2008)

              by Diagram Group

              service The stroke that ...

              Google previewLexicon Physico-medicum (1730)

              Or, a New Medicinal Dictionary, Explaining the Difficult Terms Used in the Several Branches of the Profession by John Quincy

              Fluid, the greater will be its Refistance 3 and consequently, will the Fluid be propell'd against it with the greater Force, or the greater will its Stroke upon it be and by this Means will the Fluid have a greater Advantage in breaking through it.

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              Quotes about Stroke

              To dismiss one from service,
              It is a mere stroke of pen.
              For the victim it is a stroke of heart.
              Dear, dismiss me not from your heart.
              21.07.2001, Pkd (Rm. Shanmugam Chettiar)
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              Scrabble value of S1T1R1O1K5E1

              The value of this 6-letter word is 10 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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