Definitions of stroke

  1. The act of making a blow, or the blow made; as, the stroke of a hammer; a powerful or sudden action suggesting a blow; as, a strock of lightning; a strong effort to bring about a result, or the result brought about; as, a stroke of business; a gently moving touch; as, a soft stroke of the hand; a movement with an instrument, as a pencil or pen, or the mark made; sound of a clock in marking the time; one of a series of movements, as the sweep of an oar; the oarsman in a boat who sets the time to the rowers.
  2. To rub gently with the hand; as, to stroke a cat.
  3. 1. A blow; hence a sudden attack, as a sunstroke, a paralytic or apoplectic stroke. 2. A pulsation. 3. To pass the hand or any instrument gently over a surface. 4. A gliding movement over a surface, a stroking.
  4. A sudden acute attack, as apoplexy.
  5. A blow: a sudden attack: calamity: the sound of a clock: a dash in writing: the sweep of an oar in rowing: the movement of the piston of a steam- engine: the touch of a pen or pencil: a masterly effort.
  6. To rub gently in one direction: to rub gently in kindness.
  8. A blow; sudden attack; calamity; dash; touch; effort.
  9. Rower nearest the stern.
  10. To rub gently.
  11. To pass the hand over gently.
  12. A light caressing movement; a stroking.
  13. The act or movement of striking; a blow; recurrent movement, as of oars or a piston.
  14. A disaster; attack of disease.
  15. A feat; coup.
  16. A blow; the striking of one body against another; a hostile blow or attack; a sudden attack of disease or affliction; calamity; the sound of a clock; the touch of a pencil; a touch; a masterly effort; an effort suddenly or unexpectedly produced; series of operations; a dash in writing or printing; a line; the sweep of an oar.
  17. To rub gently with the hand by way of expressing kindness; to soothe; to rub gently in one direction; to make smooth.
  18. A blow; any sudden or fatal attack, as of disease; a touch; a dash; a masterly effort; the touch of a pencil; the sweep of an oar; the upward and downward motion of the piston of a steam- engine.
  19. To rub gently in one direction; to graze or touch lightly; to soothe; to smooth.

Usage examples for stroke

  1. Stroke same depth; cover the blades, but not above the blue. – Boating by W. B. Woodgate Commentator: Harvey Mason
  2. Stroke has now, however, taken the measure of his foes. – Rowing by Rudolf Chambers Lehmann
  3. Stroke your beauty and pet it as much as you like, only let me say 'Good night' now. – A Sweet Girl Graduate by Mrs. L.T. Meade
  4. Stroke a cat and you'll get scratched. – Miss Mapp by Edward Frederic Benson
  5. Stroke of luck, I'd call it. – From the Housetops by George Barr McCutcheon
  6. Stroke a cat or a horse, and it will have a physical pleasure; but pat Chum and call him " Good dog!" – Leaves in the Wind by A. G. Gardiner
  7. Stroke his face, and talk to him." – Little Prudy's Sister Susy by Sophie May
  8. Stroke under par, isn't it? – Fore! by Charles Emmett Van Loan
  9. Stroke side, catch the beginning a little sharper. – Rowing by Rudolf Chambers Lehmann