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Pronunciation: /strəuk/

Translation of stroke in Spanish:


  • 1 [Sport/Deporte] 1.1 (in ball games) golpe (masculine) 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 — movement) brazada (feminine); (— style) estilo (masculine)
    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 — movement) palada (feminine), remada (feminine); (— leader of crew) cabo (masculine and feminine) to put sb off her/his stroke hacerle* perder el ritmo (a algn)
    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) golpe (masculine) he was given six strokes of the whip le dieron seis latigazos 2.2 (of piston — motion) tiempo (masculine); (— distance) carrera (feminine)
    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) campanada (feminine) 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) golpe (masculine) a stroke of genius una genialidad at a stroke de (un) golpe not to do a stroke of work no hacer* absolutamente nada, no dar* or pegar* golpe [colloquial/familiar] 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
    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.
  • 6 6.1 (caress) caricia (feminine) 6.2 [Psychology/Psicología] halago (masculine)
    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.

transitive verb/verbo transitivo

  • 1.1 (caress) acariciar he stroked her cheek le acarició la mejilla he stroked his beard pensively se mesó la barba pensativamente 1.2 [Psychology/Psicología] halagar* 1.3 [ball] darle* un golpe suave a

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