stroke Meaning in Cambridge American English Dictionary
Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

Meaning of "stroke" - American English Dictionary

See all translations

strokeverb [T]

 us   /stroʊk/

stroke verb [T] (TOUCH)

to move your hand or an object gently over something, usually repeatedly: Asked another question, she stroked her chin and shut her eyes before answering.

strokenoun

 us   /stroʊk/

stroke noun (MARK)

[C] a movement of a pen or pencil when writing, or by a brush when painting, or the line or mark made by such a movement: With a stroke of his pen, the governor signed the bill into law.

stroke noun (ILLNESS)

[C] a sudden change in the blood supply to a part of the brain, which can result in a loss of some mental or physical abilities, or death: He suffered a stroke and died two days later.

stroke noun (SWIMMING ACTION)

[C/U] a particular type of repeated movement used in a method of swimming: [U] He swims the breast stroke competitively, but for his ads he did the butterfly stroke.

stroke noun (EVENT)

[C] an unexpected but important event or experience: The bid to take over the company was seen as a bold stroke. To get a job in those years was an incredible stroke of luck.

stroke noun (TIME)

[C] an exact time, or a sound or series of sounds that show this time: The fireworks will start at the stroke of 10.
(Definition of stroke from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
What is the pronunciation of stroke?
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

Definitions of “stroke” in other dictionaries

Word of the Day
avatar

an image that represents you in online games, chat rooms, etc. and that you can move around the screen

Word of the Day

The cake was made by my sister: how to use the passive in English.
The cake was made by my sister: how to use the passive in English.
by Liz Walter,
June 24, 2015
Look at these two sentences: My sister made the cake. The cake was made by my sister. Both these sentences mean the same. The first is an active sentence: it tells you what the sister did. The second is a passive sentence: it tells you what happened to the cake. Here are

Read More 

burger noun
burger noun
June 29, 2015
a menu on a computer screen comprising three short parallel horizontal lines which the user clicks to see options Definitely use a burger. You could put the settings in the burger menu too. Fix the settings to the bottom of the burger menu and use a vertically scrolling contact list that scrolls behind

Read More