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English noun: stroke

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

SamplesIt took two strokes to get out of the bunker.
A good shot requires good balance and tempo.
He left me an almost impossible shot.


Broader (hypernym)maneuver, manoeuvre, play

Narrower (hyponym)baseball swing, break, cannon, carom, cut, cut, golf shot, golf stroke, masse, masse shot, miscue, swing, swing, swipe, tennis shot, tennis stroke, undercut

Part holonymfollow-through

Domain categoryathletics, sport

2. stroke (event) the maximum movement available to a pivoted or reciprocating piece by a cam

Synonymscam stroke, throw

Broader (hypernym)motion, movement

Narrower (hyponym)instroke, outstroke

3. stroke (state) a sudden loss of consciousness resulting when the rupture or occlusion of a blood vessel leads to oxygen lack in the brain

Synonymsapoplexy, cerebrovascular accident, CVA

Broader (hypernym)attack

Narrower (hyponym)haemorrhagic stroke, hemorrhagic stroke, ischaemic stroke, ischemic stroke

Part holonymcerebral hemorrhage

4. stroke (event) a light touch

Broader (hypernym)touch, touching

5. stroke (act) a light touch with the hands


Broader (hypernym)touch, touching

Narrower (hyponym)caress

6. stroke (quantity) (golf) the unit of scoring in golf is the act of hitting the ball with a club

SamplesNicklaus won by three strokes.

Broader (hypernym)score

Domain categorygolf, golf game

7. stroke (person) the oarsman nearest the stern of the shell who sets the pace for the rest of the crew

Broader (hypernym)oarsman, rower

8. stroke (event) anything that happens suddenly or by chance without an apparent cause

SamplesWinning the lottery was a happy accident.
The pregnancy was a stroke of bad luck.
It was due to an accident or fortuity.

Synonymsaccident, chance event, fortuity

Broader (hypernym)happening, natural event, occurrence, occurrent

Narrower (hyponym)break, coincidence, good luck, hap, happenstance, happy chance, lottery

9. stroke (communication) a punctuation mark (/) used to separate related items of information

Synonymsdiagonal, separatrix, slash, solidus, virgule

Broader (hypernym)punctuation, punctuation mark

10. stroke (communication) a mark made on a surface by a pen, pencil, or paintbrush

SamplesShe applied the paint in careful strokes.

Broader (hypernym)mark, print

Narrower (hyponym)downstroke, flick, underline, underscore, upstroke

11. stroke (act) any one of the repeated movements of the limbs and body used for locomotion in swimming or rowing

Broader (hypernym)locomotion, travel

Narrower (hyponym)swimming stroke

12. stroke (act) a single complete movement

Broader (hypernym)motility, motion, move, movement

Narrower (hyponym)beat, blow, bow, key stroke, keystroke

English verb: stroke

1. stroke (contact) touch lightly and repeatedly, as with brushing motions

SamplesHe stroked his long beard.

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s somebody

Broader (hypernym)touch

Narrower (hyponym)caress, fondle, lap, lick

2. stroke (competition) strike a ball with a smooth blow

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)hit, strike

3. stroke (competition) row at a particular rate

Pattern of useSomebody ----s

Broader (hypernym)row

4. stroke (communication) treat gingerly or carefully

SamplesYou have to stroke the boss.

ExamplesSam cannot stroke Sue

Pattern of useSomebody ----s somebody

Broader (hypernym)blandish, flatter

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