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American English: /stroʊk/
British English: /strəʊk/

Translation of stroke in Spanish:


  • 1 (Sport) 1.1 (in ball games) he won by three strokes
    ganó por tres golpes
    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 (in swimming)
    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.
    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.
    1.3 (in rowing) to put somebody off her/his stroke
    hacerle perder el ritmo (a alguien)
    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.
    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.
  • 2 2.1 (blow) he was given six strokes of the whip
    le dieron seis latigazos
    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.
    2.2 (of piston)
    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.
    2.3 (of clock) on the stroke of eleven
    al dar las once
    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.
  • 4 4.1 (action, feat) a stroke of genius
    una genialidad
    at a stroke not to do a stroke of work
    no hacer absolutamente nada
    no dar or pegar golpe [colloquial]
    different strokes for different folks
    sobre gustos no hay nada escrito
    4.2 (instance) a stroke of luck
    un golpe de suerte
    una suerte
    it was a stroke of sheer misfortune
    fue una verdadera mala suerte
  • 6 6.1 (caress)
    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.
    6.2 (Psychology)

transitive verb

  • 1 (caress) he stroked her cheek
    le acarició la mejilla
    he stroked his beard pensively
    se mesó la barba pensativamente
    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.
  • 3
    darle un golpe suave a
    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.
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