"strokes" in the noun sense
1. stroke, shot
sports) the act of swinging or striking at a ball with a club or racket or bat or cue or hand
"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. throw, stroke, cam stroke
the maximum movement available to a pivoted or reciprocating piece by a cam
3. stroke, apoplexy, cerebrovascular accident, CVA
a sudden loss of consciousness resulting when the rupture or occlusion of a blood vessel leads to oxygen lack in the brain
a light touch
5. stroke, stroking
a light touch with the hands
golf) the unit of scoring in golf is the act of hitting the ball with a club
"Nicklaus won by three strokes"
the oarsman nearest the stern of the shell who sets the pace for the rest of the crew
8. accident, stroke, fortuity, chance event
anything that happens suddenly or by chance without an apparent cause
"winning the lottery was a happy accident"
"the pregnancy was a stroke of bad luck"
"it was due to an accident or fortuity"
9. solidus, slash, virgule, diagonal, stroke, separatrix
a punctuation mark (/) used to separate related items of information
a mark made on a surface by a pen, pencil, or paintbrush
"she applied the paint in careful strokes"
any one of the repeated movements of the limbs and body used for locomotion in swimming or rowing
a single complete movement
"strokes" in the verb sense
touch lightly and repeatedly, as with brushing motions
"He stroked his long beard"
strike a ball with a smooth blow
row at a particular rate
treat gingerly or carefully
"You have to stroke the boss"
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