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downstroke

[doun-strohk] /ˈdaʊnˌstroʊk/
noun
1.
a downward stroke, as of a machine part, piston, or the like.
2.
a downward stroke in writing, often heavier and darker than an upward stroke.
Origin
1850-1855
1850-55; down1 + stroke1
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  • When a snowy owl flies, its wings make a powerful downstroke and a quick upstroke.
  • If the penguin is stroking, you can expect some of them upstroke and the other ones downstroke.
  • During the following downstroke, fresh air and fuel are injected into the cylinder while the exhaust valve is closed.
  • On the other hand, the plunger in a hydraulic lift pump lifts liquid on the upstroke and also on the downstroke.

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