I. transitive verb (stroked; stroking) Etymology: Middle English, from Old English strācian; akin to Old High German strīhhan to stroke — more at strike Date: before 12th century 1. to rub gently in one direction; also caress 2. to flatter or pay attention to in a manner designed to reassure or persuade • stroker noun II. noun Etymology: Middle English; akin to Old English strīcan to stroke — more at strike Date: 13th century 1. the act of striking; especially a blow with a weapon or implement 2. a single unbroken movement; especially one of a series of repeated or to-and-fro movements 3. a. a controlled swing intended to hit a ball or shuttlecock; also a striking of the ball b. such a stroke charged to a player as a unit of scoring in golf 4. a. a sudden action or process producing an impact <
a stroke of lightning
b. an unexpected result <
a stroke of luck
5. sudden diminution or loss of consciousness, sensation, and voluntary motion caused by rupture or obstruction (as by a clot) of a blood vessel of the brain — called also apoplexy, cerebrovascular accident 6. a. one of a series of propelling beats or movements against a resisting medium <
a stroke of the oar
b. a rower who sets the pace for a crew 7. a. a vigorous or energetic effort by which something is done, produced, or accomplished <
a stroke of genius
a brilliant diplomatic stroke
b. a delicate or clever touch in a narrative, description, or construction 8. heartbeat 9. the movement in either direction of a mechanical part (as a piston) having a reciprocating motion; also the distance of such movement 10. the sound of a bell being struck <
at the stroke of twelve
; also the specific time indicated by or as if by such a sound 11. [stroke (I)] an act of stroking or caressing 12. a. a mark or dash made by a single movement of an implement b. one of the lines of a letter of the alphabet III. verb (stroked; stroking) Date: 1597 transitive verb 1. a. to mark with a short line <
stroke the t's
b. to cancel by drawing a line through <
stroked out his name
2. to set the stroke for (a rowing crew); also to set the stroke for the crew of (a rowing boat) 3. hit; especially to propel (a ball) with a controlled swinging blow intransitive verb 1. to execute a stroke 2. to row at a certain number of strokes a minute

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