|1.||the act or an instance of striking; a blow, knock, or hit|
|2.||a sudden action, movement, or occurrence: a stroke of luck|
|3.||a brilliant or inspired act or feat: a stroke of genius|
|4.||pathol 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|
|5.||a. the striking of a clock|
|b. the hour registered by the striking of a clock: on the stroke of three|
|6.||a mark, flourish, or line made by a writing implement|
|7.||another name for solidus, used esp when dictating or reading aloud|
|8.||a light touch or caress, as with the fingers|
|9.||a pulsation, esp of the heart|
|10.||a single complete movement or one of a series of complete movements|
|11.||sport the act or manner of striking the ball with a racket, club, bat, etc|
|12.||any one of the repeated movements used by a swimmer to propel himself through the water|
|13.||a manner of swimming, esp one of several named styles such as the crawl or butterfly|
|14.||a. any one of a series of linear movements of a reciprocating part, such as a piston|
|b. the distance travelled by such a part from one end of its movement to the other|
|15.||a single pull on an oar or oars in rowing|
|16.||manner or style of rowing|
|17.||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|
|18.||informal (US) a compliment or comment that enhances a person's self-esteem|
|19.||slang chiefly (US) (modifier) pornographic; masturbatory: stroke magazines|
|20.||(usually used with a negative) a stroke, a stroke of work a small amount of work|
|21.||off one's stroke performing or working less well than usual|
|22.||on the stroke of punctually at|
|23.||(tr) to touch, brush, or caress lightly or gently|
|24.||(tr) to mark a line or a stroke on or through|
|25.||to act as the stroke of (a racing shell)|
|26.||(tr) sport to strike (a ball) with a smooth swinging blow|
|27.||informal (US), (Canadian) (tr) to handle or influence (someone) with care, using persuasion, flattery, etc|
|[Old English strācian; related to Middle Low German strēken; see |
stroke 1 (strōk)
A sudden severe attack, as of paralysis or sunstroke.
A sudden loss of brain function caused by a blockage or rupture of a blood vessel to the brain, characterized by loss of muscular control, diminution or loss of sensation or consciousness, dizziness, slurred speech, or other symptoms that vary with the extent and severity of the damage to the brain. Also called cerebral accident, cerebrovascular accident.
|stroke (strōk) Pronunciation Key
A sudden loss of brain function caused by a blockage or rupture of a blood vessel of the brain, resulting in necrosis of brain tissue (called a cerebral infarct) and characterized by loss of muscular control, weakening or loss of sensation or consciousness, dizziness, slurred speech, or other symptoms that vary with the extent and severity of brain damage. Also called cerebrovascular accident.
A sudden loss of brain function caused by an interruption in the supply of blood to the brain. A ruptured blood vessel or cerebral thrombosis may cause the stroke, which can occur in varying degrees of severity from temporary paralysis and slurred speech to permanent brain damage and death.
see at one stroke; no accounting for taste (different strokes for different folks); put one off one's stride (stroke).