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stroke (n.)

"act of striking," c. 1300, probably from Old English *strac "stroke," from Proto-Germanic *straik- (source also of Middle Low German strek, German streich, Gothic striks "stroke"); see stroke (v.).

The meaning "mark of a pen" is from 1560s; that of "a striking of a clock" is from mid-15c. Sense of "feat, achievement" (as in stroke of luck, 1853) first found 1670s; the meaning "single pull of an oar or single movement of machinery" is from 1731. Meaning "apoplectic seizure" is from 1590s (originally the Stroke of God's Hand). Swimming sense is from 1800.

stroke (v.)

"pass the hand gently over," Old English stracian "to stroke," related to strican "pass over lightly," from Proto-Germanic *straik-, from PIE root *strig- "to stroke, rub, press" (see strigil). Figurative sense of "soothe, flatter" is recorded from 1510s. The noun meaning "a stroking movement of the hand" is recorded from 1630s. Related: Stroked; stroking.

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Definitions of stroke from WordNet
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stroke (n.)
(sports) the act of swinging or striking at a ball with a club or racket or bat or cue or hand;
it took two strokes to get out of the bunker
Synonyms: shot
stroke (n.)
the maximum movement available to a pivoted or reciprocating piece by a cam;
Synonyms: throw / cam stroke
stroke (n.)
a sudden loss of consciousness resulting when the rupture or occlusion of a blood vessel leads to oxygen lack in the brain;
Synonyms: apoplexy / cerebrovascular accident / cva
stroke (n.)
a light touch;
stroke (n.)
a light touch with the hands;
Synonyms: stroking
stroke (n.)
(golf) the unit of scoring in golf is the act of hitting the ball with a club;
Nicklaus won by three strokes
stroke (n.)
the oarsman nearest the stern of the shell who sets the pace for the rest of the crew;
stroke (n.)
anything that happens suddenly or by chance without an apparent cause;
the pregnancy was a stroke of bad luck
Synonyms: accident / fortuity / chance event
stroke (n.)
a punctuation mark (/) used to separate related items of information;
stroke (n.)
a mark made on a surface by a pen, pencil, or paintbrush;
she applied the paint in careful strokes
stroke (n.)
any one of the repeated movements of the limbs and body used for locomotion in swimming or rowing;
stroke (n.)
a single complete movement;
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stroke (v.)
touch lightly and repeatedly, as with brushing motions;
He stroked his long beard
stroke (v.)
strike a ball with a smooth blow;
stroke (v.)
row at a particular rate;
stroke (v.)
treat gingerly or carefully;
You have to stroke the boss
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