Definition of “stroke” - English Dictionary

“stroke” in British English

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strokenoun

uk /strəʊk/ us /stroʊk/

stroke noun (ILLNESS)

B2 [ C ] a sudden change in the blood supply to a part of the brain, sometimes causing a loss of the ability to move particular parts of the body:

She suffered/had a stroke that left her unable to speak.

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stroke noun (CLOCK SOUND)

[ C ] one of the sounds that some clocks make at particular times, especially by ringing a bell once for each number of the hour:

How many strokes did you count?

stroke noun (TOUCH)

[ C ] mainly UK an act of moving your hand, another part of the body, or an object gently 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 object gently 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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(Definition of “stroke” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

“stroke” in American English

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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)