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stroke

verb [T]  /stroʊk/ us  

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.

stroke

noun  /stroʊk/ us  

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.
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