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1. shot, stroke

(sports) the act of swinging or striking at a ball with a club or racket or bat or cue or hand

Example Sentences:
'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'

2. cam stroke, stroke, throw

the maximum movement available to a pivoted or reciprocating piece by a cam

3. apoplexy, cerebrovascular accident, cva, stroke

a sudden loss of consciousness resulting when the rupture or occlusion of a blood vessel leads to oxygen lack in the brain

4. stroke

a light touch

5. stroke, stroking

a light touch with the hands

6. stroke

(golf) the unit of scoring in golf is the act of hitting the ball with a club

Example Sentences:
'Nicklaus won by three strokes'

7. stroke

the oarsman nearest the stern of the shell who sets the pace for the rest of the crew

8. accident, chance event, fortuity, stroke

anything that happens suddenly or by chance without an apparent cause

Example Sentences:
'winning the lottery was a happy accident'
'the pregnancy was a stroke of bad luck'
'it was due to an accident or fortuity'

9. diagonal, separatrix, slash, solidus, stroke, virgule

a punctuation mark (/) used to separate related items of information

10. stroke

a mark made on a surface by a pen, pencil, or paintbrush

Example Sentences:
'she applied the paint in careful strokes'

11. stroke

any one of the repeated movements of the limbs and body used for locomotion in swimming or rowing

12. stroke

a single complete movement


13. stroke

touch lightly and repeatedly, as with brushing motions

Example Sentences:
'He stroked his long beard'

14. stroke

strike a ball with a smooth blow

15. stroke

row at a particular rate

16. stroke

treat gingerly or carefully

Example Sentences:
'You have to stroke the boss'

WordNet Lexical Database for English. Princeton University. 2010.


see synonyms of stroke
the act or an instance of striking; a blow, knock, or hit
a sudden action, movement, or occurrence
a stroke of luck
a brilliant or inspired act or feat
a stroke of genius
4. pathology
apoplexy; rupture of a blood vessel in the brain resulting in loss of consciousness, often followed by paralysis, or embolism or thrombosis affecting a cerebral vessel
the striking of a clock
the hour registered by the striking of a clock
on the stroke of three
a mark, flourish, or line made by a writing implement
another name for solidus, used esp when dictating or reading aloud
a light touch or caress, as with the fingers
a pulsation, esp of the heart
a single complete movement or one of a series of complete movements
11. sport
the act or manner of striking the ball with a racket, club, bat, etc
any one of the repeated movements used by a swimmer to propel himself or herself through the water
a manner of swimming, esp one of several named styles such as the crawl or butterfly
any one of a series of linear movements of a reciprocating part, such as a piston
the distance travelled by such a part from one end of its movement to the other
a single pull on an oar or oars in rowing
manner or style of rowing
the oarsman who sits nearest the stern of a shell, facing the cox, and sets the rate of striking for the rest of the crew
18. US informal
a compliment or comment that enhances a person's self-esteem
19. (modifier) slang, mainly US
pornographic; masturbatory
stroke magazines
20.  a stroke
21.  off one's stroke
22.  on the stroke of
23. (transitive)
to touch, brush, or caress lightly or gently
24. (transitive)
to mark a line or a stroke on or through
to act as the stroke of (a racing shell)
26. (transitive) sport
to strike (a ball) with a smooth swinging blow
27. (transitive) US and Canadian informal
to handle or influence (someone) with care, using persuasion, flattery, etc

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see synonyms of stroke
a striking of one thing against another; blow or impact of an ax, whip, etc.
a sudden action resulting in a powerful or destructive effect, as if from a blow
a stroke of lightning
a sudden occurrence, often a pleasant one
a stroke of luck
a sudden cerebrovascular failure usually caused by arteriosclerosis, hypertension, embolism, or hemorrhage and resulting variously in impaired vision and speech, coma, convulsions, paralysis, etc.
a single effort to do, produce, or accomplish something, esp. a successful effort
something accomplished by such an effort; feat
a distinctive effect or touch in an artistic, esp. literary, work
the sound of striking, as of a clock
a single movement, as with some tool, club, racquet, etc.
a stroke of the pen, a backhand stroke in tennis
any of a series of repeated rhythmic motions made against water, air, etc.
the stroke of a swimmer, rower, etc.
a type, manner, or rate of such movement
a slow stroke
a mark made by or as by a pen or similar marking tool
a beat of the heart
a gentle, caressing motion with the hand
10.  [pl.]; Informal
praise, flattery, etc. offered to reassure, influence, persuade, etc.
11.  Golf
a scoring unit used to record each time the ball is hit with the head of a club
12.  Mechanics
any of a series of continuous, often reciprocating, movements; specif., a single movement of a piston from one end of its range to the other, constituting a half revolution of the engine
13.  Rowing
the rower who sits nearest the stern and sets the rate of rowing for the others
the position occupied by this rower
verb transitiveWord forms: stroked or ˈstroking
to draw one's hand, a tool, etc. gently over the surface of, as in caressing or smoothing
to mark with strokes or draw a line through
often with out
to hit; esp., to hit (a ball) in playing tennis, golf, pool, etc.
to set the rate of rowing for (a crew) or for the crew of (a boat)
18.  Informal
to flatter, pay special attention to, etc. in an effort to influence, reassure, persuade, etc.
19.  Slang
to masturbate
said of a man
verb intransitive
to hit a ball in playing tennis, golf, etc.
to act as stroke (for) in rowing
22.  Slang
of or for masturbating
a stroke book

Webster’s New World College Dictionary, 4th Edition. Copyright © 2010 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. All rights reserved.


see synonyms of stroke
1. The act or an instance of striking, as with the hand, a weapon, or a tool; a blow or impact.
a. The striking of a bell or gong.
b. The sound so produced.
c. The time so indicated: at the stroke of midnight.
3. A sudden action or process having a strong impact or effect: a stroke of lightning.
4. A sudden occurrence or result: a stroke of luck; a stroke of misfortune.
5. A sudden severe attack, as of paralysis or sunstroke.
6. A sudden loss of brain function caused by a blockage or rupture of a blood vessel to the brain, characterized by loss of muscular control, diminution or loss of sensation or consciousness, dizziness, slurred speech, or other symptoms that vary with the extent and severity of the damage to the brain. Also called cerebral accident, cerebrovascular accident.
7. An inspired or effective idea or act: a stroke of genius.
a. A single uninterrupted movement, especially when repeated or in a back-and-forth motion: the stroke of a pendulum.
b. A keystroke.
c. Any of a series of movements of a piston from one end of the limit of its motion to another.
a. A single completed movement of the limbs and body, as in swimming or rowing.
b. The manner or rate of executing such a movement: My favorite stroke is butterfly. She had a very rapid stroke.
10. Nautical
a. The rower who sits nearest the coxswain or the stern and sets the tempo for the other rowers.
b. The position occupied by this person.
11. Sports
a. A movement of the upper torso and arms for the purpose of striking a ball, as in golf or tennis.
b. The manner of executing such a movement.
c. A scoring unit in golf counted for such a movement: finished six strokes under par.
a. A single mark made by a writing or marking implement, such as a pen.
b. The act of making such a mark.
c. A printed line in a graphic character that resembles such a mark.
13. A distinctive effect or deft touch, as in literary composition.
v. stroked, strok·ing, strokes
a. To mark with a single short line.
b. To draw a line through; cancel: stroked out the last sentence.
2. Nautical To set the pace for (a rowing crew).
3. To hit or propel (a ball, for example) with a smoothly regulated swing.
1. To make or perform a stroke.
2. Nautical To row at a particular rate per minute.
tr.v. stroked, strok·ing, strokes
1. To rub lightly with or as if with the hand or something held in the hand; caress. See Synonyms at caress.
2. Informal To behave attentively or flatteringly toward (someone), especially in order to restore confidence or gain cooperation.
A light caressing movement, as of the hand.

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