stroke Meaning in the Cambridge English Dictionary
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Meaning of “stroke” in the English Dictionary

"stroke" in British English

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strokenoun

uk   /strəʊk/  us   /stroʊk/

stroke noun (ILLNESS)

B2 [C] a ​suddenchange in the ​bloodsupply to a ​part of the ​brain, sometimes ​causing a ​loss of the ​ability to ​moveparticularparts of the ​body: She suffered/had a stroke that ​left her ​unable to ​speak.
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stroke noun (MARK)

C2 [C] (a ​line or ​mark made by) a ​movement of a ​pen or ​pencil when writing or a ​brush when ​painting: a ​brush stroke With a few bold strokes, she ​signed her ​name. [C] UK used in ​spokenEnglish to ​mean an oblique or slashsymbol

stroke noun (HIT)

[C] an ​act of ​hitting a ​ball when ​playing a ​sport: She ​returned the ​volley with a ​powerful stroke to ​win the ​game. [C] old-fashioned an ​act of ​hitting someone with a ​weapon: The ​punishment was 20 strokes of the ​lash.

stroke noun (SWIMMING)

C1 [C] (a ​particularmovement that is usually ​repeated in) a ​method of ​swimming: What's ​yourbest stroke when you're ​swimming?

stroke noun (EVENT)

a stroke of luck, genius, etc. C2 something that ​happens or ​succeedssuddenly because of ​luck, ​intelligence, etc.: By a stroke of ​luck, someone ​else was ​walking along the ​trail and ​heard my ​shouts for ​help.

stroke noun (WORK)

[S] UK informal a ​smallamount of ​work: She's been ​gossiping and hasn't done a stroke (of ​work) all ​morning.

stroke noun (ACTION)

[C] a ​quick, ​forcefulaction: Ending ​negotiations was ​seen as a bold stroke by many ​commentators. By ​computerizing we could, at a (​single)/in one stroke, ​improveefficiency and ​reducecosts.

stroke noun (CLOCK SOUND)

[C] one of the ​sounds that some ​clocks make at ​particulartimes, ​especially by ​ringing a ​bellonce for each ​number of the ​hour: How many strokes did you ​count?

stroke noun (TOUCH)

[C] mainly UK an ​act of ​movingyourhand, another ​part of the ​body, or an ​objectgently over something or someone, usually ​repeatedly and for ​pleasure: Don't be ​frightened, just give the ​horse a stroke.

strokeverb [T]

uk   /strəʊk/  us   /stroʊk/

stroke verb [T] (TOUCH)

B2 to ​move a ​hand, another ​part of the ​body, or an ​objectgently over something or someone, usually ​repeatedly and for ​pleasure: Stroke the ​dog if you ​want, he won't ​bite. She ​lovingly stroked Chris's ​face with the ​tips of her ​fingers.
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stroke verb [T] (HIT)

UK to ​hit a ​ball: The ​batsman stroked the ​balleffortlessly to the ​boundary.
(Definition of stroke from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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strokeverb [T]

 us   /stroʊk/

stroke verb [T] (TOUCH)

to move ​yourhand or an ​objectgently 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 ​governorsigned the ​bill into ​law.

stroke noun (ILLNESS)

[C] a ​suddenchange in the ​bloodsupply to a ​part of the ​brain, which can ​result in a ​loss of some ​mental or ​physicalabilities, or ​death: He ​suffered a stroke and ​died two ​dayslater.

stroke noun (SWIMMING ACTION)

[C/U] a ​particulartype of ​repeatedmovement 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 ​importantevent 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 ​exacttime, 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)
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