- 1An act of hitting or striking someone or something; a blow: he received three strokes of the caneMore example sentences
- Mullahs accused of teaching friends to read the Qu'ran in Arabic received whippings of 500 strokes or more.
- The long clipper strokes are called ‘blows’ and this one, over the sheep's throat is the blow that requires the most skill of all.
- He traps it between his legs, bends over at 90 degrees, and begins 70 to 150 ‘blows’ or strokes with his shears.
- 1.1A method of striking the ball in sports or games.More example sentences
- Kirchoff capped a fine game by converting a penalty stroke with two field goals completing the scoring.
- US goal keeper Jeb Saez saved a penalty stroke late in the game to keep the score at 11-1.
- But Korea, after missing a penalty stroke, scored three goals but lost by the narrowest of margins.
- 1.2 Golf An act of hitting the ball with a club, as a unit of scoring: he won by two strokesMore example sentences
- The average 90-shooter loses more strokes due to poor club and shot selection than to a bad swing or missed shot.
- The Irishman is now two under, three strokes behind Tiger Woods.
- Just enter as you play and it keeps track of your strokes, putts and score for a full round.
- 1.3The sound made by a striking clock: the first stroke would belt out from the clockMore example sentences
- Erik closed the door softly behind him as he entered, but it sounded like the stroke of a clock moments before death.
- There was a strong stroke and a weak one, like a sound and its echo.
- A clock chimed in the distance, its final count ending at eleven strokes.
- 2A mark made by drawing a pen, pencil, or paintbrush in one direction across paper or canvas: the paint had been applied in careful, regular strokesMore example sentences
- Look closely at the pencil strokes in this drawing and you will not see one faltering line.
- Katz's forte is history of ideas, on a grand canvas with bold strokes of broad brushes.
- I didn't even bother looking up; I just drew faster, making quick violent strokes on the paper.
- 2.1A line forming part of a written or printed character.More example sentences
- Dongzi draws casual strokes or writes Chinese characters on ceramic ware.
- Each is pronounced in either the original Chinese or Japanese form and each consists of 24 strokes.
- The straight horizontal and vertical strokes of the characters had been cut into the shapes of propitious things, such as lucky birds, lotuses and guavas.
- 3An act of moving one’s hand across a surface with gentle pressure: massage the cream into your skin using light upward strokesMore example sentences
- Run the razor under the shower and then begin with some slow, gentle strokes in an upward motion.
- Then, using the lightest pressure possible, roll with gentle, overlapping strokes to finish off.
- For a final time it passed its forearm over the limb and with a gentle stroke of her fur stepped away.
- 4Each of a series of movements in which something moves out of its position and back into it: the ray swam with effortless strokes of its huge wingsMore example sentences
- Every gesture, every stroke, every movement should be accepted by the system, with nuanced response.
- However, as speed increased, fin strokes gradually moved toward synchrony with no discrete transition point.
- 4.1The whole motion of a piston in either direction.More example sentences
- On the downward stroke of the piston, the intake valve opens to release fuel into the combustion chamber, then closes.
- During the filling stroke of the accumulator piston, the compressed fluid is drawn from the primary piston.
- During the compression stroke, the piston moves up the cylinder, squeezing this fuel-air mix.
- 4.2The rhythm to which a series of repeated movements is performed: the rowers sing to keep their strokeMore example sentences
- Then make it a habit to monitor your efficiency by constantly counting your strokes in practice repeats.
- 4.3A movement of the arms and legs forming one of a series in swimming: I slipped into the water and swam a few strokesMore example sentences
- Last year I had the luxury of swimming a few strokes backstroke so I could get a good look at the Golden Gate Bridge.
- This is also an indication of the ability to swim with fewer strokes per lap.
- When you swim with long strokes you are training all of the muscle mass needed for fast efficient swimming.
- 4.4A particular style of moving the arms and legs in swimming: front crawl is a popular strokeMore example sentences
- Over the years Emily has demonstrated tremendous versatility winning gold medals in all strokes in the regional championships.
- The torque or rotation in these strokes occurs in the lower torso, hips and legs.
- For both strokes, you should have extremely good elbow bend-around 90 degrees.
- 4.5(In rowing) the mode or action of moving the oar.More example sentences
- The oarsmen rotated their oars at four strokes per half minute and didn't show any signs of fatigue.
- Canada was rating 48 strokes per minute and Australia was right up there on 45.
- The 25-year-olds stop in a pool of light, adjust their foot straps, then, as one, lean into their strokes, tearing chunks from the water.
- 4.6 (also stroke oar) The oar or oarsman nearest the stern of a boat, setting the timing for the other rowers.More example sentences
- Today Bencsik in stroke took his boat to the lead and for the first half of the race the duo led the field by just over a boat length.
- Cech in stroke seat had his boat in a two and a half second lead over Germany's number two crew by the 1000.
- I managed one kick and had to hang on to the stern before hauling myself back into the stroke seat.
- 5A sudden disabling attack or loss of consciousness caused by an interruption in the flow of blood to the brain, especially through thrombosis: he was left disabled by a stroke [mass noun]: smoking increases the risk of strokeMore example sentences
- The pollution could also restrict their blood flow, causing strokes and heart attacks.
- By preventing the formation of blood clots it can reduce the risk of strokes and heart attacks.
- More serious risks include life-threatening blood clots, stroke, and heart attack.
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- 1Move one’s hand with gentle pressure over (a surface), typically repeatedly; caress: he put his hand on her hair and stroked itMore example sentences
- Anna sat by the bed, once again, stroking his hair, and she stroked his side too.
- The first, innocuous shower stroked the lake's surface but, when the wind came up, the loons began to call madly.
- Imaginary fingers combed through his hair, stroked the side of his face.
- 1.1 [with object and adverbial of place] Apply (something) to a surface using a gentle movement: she strokes blue eyeshadow on her eyelidsMore example sentences
- She pulled out a blue lipstick and stroked it across her lips.
- He murmured quietly, stroking the marks down his arm.
- Lipstick had stroked a thin line across her lips, while delicately manicured and bejewelled fingers beat out an impatient rhythm on the menu cover.
- 1.2North American • informal Reassure or flatter (someone), especially in order to gain their cooperation: production executives were expert at stroking stars and brokering talentMore example sentences
- He had us in the palm of his baby-sized hands and instead of choking us in his usual cynicism, he joked with us and stroked us affectionately.
- He's a very personable individual, and they like it when they go over and stroke him.
- If you're not taking care of me, stroking me, anticipating my whims - you must be doing something wrong.
- 2Act as the stroke of (a boat or crew): he stroked the coxed four to victoryMore example sentences
- Together they won the third heat today with their only real challenge coming from a higher stroking Great Britain crew.
- The Queensland crew was stroked by World Junior Silver medallist in the single scull Eugene Arendsen.
- Also qualifying is Russia and the 2000 Olympic gold crew from Italy stroked by Alessio Sartori.
- 3Hit or kick (a ball) smoothly and deliberately: Markwick stroked the ball homeMore example sentences
- Monaco's players are just stroking the ball around for fun now, with the Chelsea players reduced to chasing shadows.
- The huge Dutch contingent in the crowd is in fine voice as their players stroke the ball around.
- For half an hour he had showed himself, through the unhurried ease with which he stroked the ball around, to be a cut above.
at a (or one) stroke
- By a single action having immediate effect: attitudes cannot be changed at a strokeMore example sentences
- This more than doubled Artemis's size at a stroke, as well as giving it a much stronger marketing platform on which to build.
- And he is probably calculating his salary will double or treble at a stroke.
- Towns don't often get the opportunity to double its centre at a stroke.
not (or never) do a stroke of work
- Do no work at all: he has long, pale hands which have clearly never done a stroke of workMore example sentences
- The best person that has ever worked with my cutting machines is a boy only 18 years old, who never did a stroke of work in his life before that.
- Lucretia is one of those lucky movie journalists who never does a stroke of work.
- It was said that Winston's father, Randolph, never did a stroke of work in his whole life, and neither did his mother Jennie.
on the stroke of ——
- Precisely at the specified time: he arrived on the stroke of twoMore example sentences
- The all-clear was officially given on the stroke of New Year's Day.
- Derry finally crossed for North Yorkshire on the stroke of half-time following a flowing cross-field move.
- Their lead didn't last long, however, as right on the stroke of half-time the sides were level again.
put someone off their stroke
- Disconcert someone so that they do not work or perform as well as they might: the man’s presence put him off his stroke on the phoneMore example sentences
- That's the noise that puts them off their stroke at the Dubbo golf course.
stroke of genius
- An outstandingly brilliant and original idea: the new piece of propaganda was a stroke of geniusMore example sentences
- Alan Rickman as Snape was a brilliant stroke of genius.
- This seemed like a brilliant stroke of genius - until the guys at the other side of the intersection did the same thing.
- This bit of the information was Robert Shields' idea, a stroke of genius.
stroke of (good) luck
- A fortunate occurrence that could not have been predicted or expected: it was a stroke of luck that he hadn’t left yetMore example sentences
- And it is only a stroke of luck which has helped him gain a middle order slot in the first and second Tests.
- When you lose, don't lose the lesson - remember that not getting what you want can sometimes be a wonderful stroke of luck.
- Having different cultures is a stroke of luck for a country.
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- It's all about the cute factor: the cats in Catz are eminently strokeable, with bags of personality.
- The case itself is very simple, comprising two pieces of hard plastic with a strokeable, soft feel.
- But best of all, the Maine Coon Cat is decidedly strokeable, like liquid silk to the touch.
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- Gurgling underwater cries of ‘Manny’ were lost on my fellow strokers, but at least I entertained myself.
- They fit a classification - power strokers - which, in essence, indicates they put less revolution on the ball as pure power players.
- These are players who can qualify both as crankers and power strokers.
Old English strācian 'caress lightly', of Germanic origin; related to Dutch streek 'a stroke', German streichen 'to stroke', also to strike. The earliest noun sense 'blow' is first recorded in Middle English.