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Definition 1: (sports) the act of swinging or striking at a ball with a club or racket or bat or cue or hand - [noun denoting act]

Samples where stroke or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • it took two strokes to get out of the bunker
  • a good shot requires good balance and tempo
  • he left me an almost impossible shot

Synonyms for stroke in the sense of this definition

(stroke is a kind of ...) a deliberate coordinated movement requiring dexterity and skill

"he made a great maneuver" "the runner was out on a play by the shortstop"

(... is a kind of stroke ) in baseball; a batter's attempt to hit a pitched ball

"he took a vicious cut at the ball"

(... is a kind of stroke ) the act of hitting a tennis ball with a tennis racket

(... is a kind of stroke ) a sweeping stroke or blow

(... is a kind of stroke ) (sports) a stroke that puts reverse spin on the ball

"cuts do not bother a good tennis player"

(... is a kind of stroke ) the act of swinging a golf club at a golf ball and (usually) hitting it

(... is a kind of stroke ) a faulty shot in billiards; the cue tip slips off the cue ball

(... is a kind of stroke ) a shot in billiards made by hitting the cue ball with the cue held nearly vertically; the cue ball spins around another ball before hitting the object ball

(... is a kind of stroke ) a shot in billiards in which the cue ball contacts one object ball and then the other

(... is a kind of stroke ) the opening shot that scatters the balls in billiards or pool

(stroke is a part of ...) the act of carrying a stroke to its natural completion

"his follow-through was straight down the line toward the target" "squash can be dangerous if your opponent has a long follow-through"

(stroke belongs to category ...) an active diversion requiring physical exertion and competition

Definition 2: a light touch with the hands - [noun denoting act]

Synonyms for stroke in the sense of this definition

(stroke is a kind of ...) the act of putting two things together with no space between them

"at his touch the room filled with lights"

(... is a kind of stroke ) a gentle affectionate stroking (or something resembling it)

"he showered her with caresses" "soft music was a fond caress" "the caresses of the breeze played over his face"

Definition 3: a single complete movement - [noun denoting act]

(stroke is a kind of ...) a change of position that does not entail a change of location

"the reflex motion of his eyebrows revealed his surprise" "movement is a sign of life" "an impatient move of his hand" "gastrointestinal motility"

(... is a kind of stroke ) the stroke of a key; one depression of a key on a keyboard

"the number of keystrokes was used as a measure of work"

(... is a kind of stroke ) a stroke or blow

"the signal was two beats on the steam pipe"

(... is a kind of stroke ) a stroke with a curved piece of wood with taut horsehair strands that is used in playing stringed instruments

(... is a kind of stroke ) a powerful stroke with the fist or a weapon

"a blow on the head"

Definition 4: any one of the repeated movements of the limbs and body used for locomotion in swimming or rowing - [noun denoting act]

(stroke is a kind of ...) self-propelled movement

(... is a kind of stroke ) a method of moving the arms and legs to push against the water and propel the swimmer forward

Definition 5: a punctuation mark (/) used to separate related items of information - [noun denoting communication]

Synonyms for stroke in the sense of this definition

(stroke is a kind of ...) the marks used to clarify meaning by indicating separation of words into sentences and clauses and phrases

Definition 6: a mark made on a surface by a pen, pencil, or paintbrush - [noun denoting communication]

Samples where stroke or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • she applied the paint in careful strokes

(stroke is a kind of ...) a visible indication made on a surface

"some previous reader had covered the pages with dozens of marks" "paw prints were everywhere"

(... is a kind of stroke ) a stroke normally made in a downward direction

(... is a kind of stroke ) a stroke normally made in an upward direction

(... is a kind of stroke ) a short stroke

(... is a kind of stroke ) a line drawn underneath (especially under written matter)

Definition 7: the maximum movement available to a pivoted or reciprocating piece by a cam - [noun denoting event]

Synonyms for stroke in the sense of this definition

(stroke is a kind of ...) a natural event that involves a change in the position or location of something

(... is a kind of stroke ) the stroke of an engine piston moving away from the crankshaft

(... is a kind of stroke ) the stroke of an engine piston moving toward the crankshaft

Definition 8: a light touch - [noun denoting event]

(stroke is a kind of ...) the event of something coming in contact with the body

"he longed for the touch of her hand" "the cooling touch of the night air"

Definition 9: anything that happens suddenly or by chance without an apparent cause - [noun denoting event]

Samples where stroke or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • winning the lottery was a happy accident
  • the pregnancy was a stroke of bad luck
  • it was due to an accident or fortuity

Synonyms for stroke in the sense of this definition

(stroke is a kind of ...) an event that happens

(... is a kind of stroke ) an accidental happening

"he recorded all the little haps and mishaps of his life"

(... is a kind of stroke ) an unexpected piece of good luck

"he finally got his big break"

(... is a kind of stroke ) an event that might have been arranged although it was really accidental

(... is a kind of stroke ) something that is regarded as a chance event

"the election was just a lottery to them"

Definition 10: the oarsman nearest the stern of the shell who sets the pace for the rest of the crew - [noun denoting person]

(stroke is a kind of ...) someone who rows a boat

Definition 11: (golf) the unit of scoring in golf is the act of hitting the ball with a club - [noun denoting quantity]

Samples where stroke or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • Nicklaus won by three strokes

(stroke is a kind of ...) a number that expresses the accomplishment of a team or an individual in a game or contest

"the score was 7 to 0"

(stroke belongs to category ...) a game played on a large open course with 9 or 18 holes; the object is use as few strokes as possible in playing all the holes

Definition 12: a sudden loss of consciousness resulting when the rupture or occlusion of a blood vessel leads to oxygen lack in the brain - [noun denoting state]

Synonyms for stroke in the sense of this definition

(stroke is a kind of ...) a sudden occurrence of an uncontrollable condition

"an attack of diarrhea"

(... is a kind of stroke ) the most common kind of stroke; caused by an interruption in the flow of blood to the brain (as from a clot blocking a blood vessel)

(... is a kind of stroke ) stroke caused by the rupture of a blood vessel in the brain

(stroke is a part of ...) bleeding from a ruptured blood vessel in the brain

Definition 13: treat gingerly or carefully - [verb of communication]

Samples where stroke or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • You have to stroke the boss

(stroke is a kind of ...) praise somewhat dishonestly

Definition 14: strike a ball with a smooth blow - [verb of competition]

(stroke is a kind of ...) make a strategic, offensive, assault against an enemy, opponent, or a target

"The Germans struck Poland on Sept. 1, 1939" "We must strike the enemy's oil fields" "in the fifth inning, the Giants struck, sending three runners home to win the game 5 to 2"

Definition 15: row at a particular rate - [verb of competition]

(stroke is a kind of ...) propel with oars

"row the boat across the lake"

Definition 16: touch lightly and repeatedly, as with brushing motions - [verb of contact]

Samples where stroke or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • He stroked his long beard

(stroke is a kind of ...) make physical contact with, come in contact with

"Touch the stone for good luck" "She never touched her husband"

(... is a kind of stroke ) touch or stroke lightly in a loving or endearing manner

"He caressed her face" "They fondled in the back seat of the taxi"

(... is a kind of stroke ) pass the tongue over

"the dog licked her hand"

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