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  1. The act of making a blow, or the blow made; as, the stroke of a hammer; a powerful or sudden action suggesting a blow; as, a strock of lightning; a strong effort to bring about a result, or the result brought about; as, a stroke of business; a gently moving touch; as, a soft stroke of the hand; a movement with an instrument, as a pencil or pen, or the mark made; sound of a clock in marking the time; one of a series of movements, as the sweep of an oar; the oarsman in a boat who sets the time to the rowers. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  2. To rub gently with the hand; as, to stroke a cat. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  3. 1. A blow; hence a sudden attack, as a sunstroke, a paralytic or apoplectic stroke. 2. A pulsation. 3. To pass the hand or any instrument gently over a surface. 4. A gliding movement over a surface, a stroking. A practical medical dictionary. By Stedman, Thomas Lathrop. Published 1920.
  4. A sudden acute attack, as apoplexy. Warner's pocket medical dictionary of today. By William R. Warner. Published 1898.
  5. A blow: a sudden attack: calamity: the sound of a clock: a dash in writing: the sweep of an oar in rowing: the movement of the piston of a steam-engine: the touch of a pen or pencil: a masterly effort. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  6. To rub gently in one direction: to rub gently in kindness. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  7. STROKER. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  8. A blow; sudden attack; calamity; dash; touch; effort. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  9. Rower nearest the stern. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  10. To rub gently. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  11. To pass the hand over gently. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  12. A light caressing movement; a stroking. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  13. The act or movement of striking; a blow; recurrent movement, as of oars or a piston. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  14. A disaster; attack of disease. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  15. A feat; coup. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  16. A blow; the striking of one body against another; a hostile blow or attack; a sudden attack of disease or affliction; calamity; the sound of a clock; the touch of a pencil; a touch; a masterly effort; an effort suddenly or unexpectedly produced; series of operations; a dash in writing or printing; a line; the sweep of an oar. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  17. To rub gently with the hand by way of expressing kindness; to soothe; to rub gently in one direction; to make smooth. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  18. A blow; any sudden or fatal attack, as of disease; a touch; a dash; a masterly effort; the touch of a pencil; the sweep of an oar; the upward and downward motion of the piston of a steam-engine. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  19. To rub gently in one direction; to graze or touch lightly; to soothe; to smooth. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  20. The oblique stroke character, "/", ASCII 47.See ASCII for other synonyms. foldoc_fs
  21. str[=o]k, n. a blow: a sudden attack: calamity: the sound of a clock: a dash in writing: the sweep of an oar in rowing, the aftmost oar of a boat: the movement of the piston of a steam-engine: the touch of a pen or pencil: any characteristic feature: an effective action, a feat, a masterly effort: a mental act, the action of any faculty of the mind.--v.t. and v.i. to act as stroke for, to row the stroke-oar of a boat.--n. STROKE'-OAR, the aftmost oar in a boat, or its rower, whose stroke leads the rest. [A.S. strác, pa.t. of strícan, to strike.] gutenberg.org/ebooks/37683
  22. str[=o]k, v.t. to rub gently in one direction: to rub gently in kindness.--ns. STR[=O]K'ER; STR[=O]K'ING. [A.S. strácian, a causal of strícan, as above; cf. Ger. streicheln, to stroke, from streichen, to rub.] gutenberg.org/ebooks/37683
  23. str[=o]k, obsolete pa.p. of strike. gutenberg.org/ebooks/37683
  24. A sudden striking; a sudden blow. na
  25. A sudden and overwhelming attack of disease; as Apoplectic s., Heat-s., Paralytic s. (see Apoplexy, etc.). na
  26. Blow, shock given by blow, (to receive 20 ss. of the birch; with one s. of his sword; killed by a s. of lightning or lightning-s.; finishing s., coup de grace, final& fatal blow; s. of paralysis or apoplexy, or s., sudden disabling attack; sun-s.); single effort put forth, one complete performance of a recurrent action or movement, time or way in which such movements are done, (has not done a s. of work; s. of piston, wing, oar, &c., whole of motion till starting-position is regained; golfer does hole in five ss., successive single dealings with ball; row a fast, slow, long, &c., s.; vary the s.; second boat is gaining at every s. or s. by s.); method of striking in games &c., specially successful or skilful effort, (invented a new s. in cricket; s. of genius, original idea; s. of wit, diplomacy, &c.; s. of business, profitable transaction; a clever s.; master-s.); mark made by movement in one direction of pen or pencil or paint-brush, detail contributing to general effect in description, (up, down, -s., part of letter so written; HAIR-s.; thick, thin, horizontal, &c., s.; dash off picture wi h a few ss.; could do it with a s. of the pen by exag., by writing signature; finishing ss., finishing touches; description is full of ss. from the life); sound made by striking clock (it is on the s. of nine, nine is about to strike; was there on the s., punctually); (also, now rarely, s.-oar) oarsman rowing nearest stern& setting time of s. (row, pull, s., act as s.); (vb) act as s. to (boat, crew). [old English] Concise Oxford Dictionary
  27. Pass the hand gently, & usu. repeatedly in same direction, along surface of (s. one or one\'s hair the wrong way, irritate him; s. one down, mollify his anger &c.); hence strokingly adv. (N.) act or spell of stroking. [old English] Concise Oxford Dictionary
  28. A sudden and severe attack. American pocket medical dictionary.
  29. A blow; a sudden attack of disease, especially of paralysis or apoplexy. Appleton's medical dictionary.
  30. (Mech.) The movement of the piston of a steam-engine through the length of the cylinder ; it is either an up-stroke or a down-stroke : a double stroke-up and down-is a revolution. Glossary of terms and phrases - Percy
  31. n. A blow : the striking of one body against another ;-a hostile blow or attack ; - a sudden attack of disease or affliction ; calamity ; - fatal attack ;-the sound of the clock ; -a dash in writing or printing ; the touch of a pen or pencil ;-a masterly effort ;-an effect suddenly or unexpectedly produced ; a decided hit or success; power ; efficacy ; successful operation or series of operations, as in business ;-the sweep of an oar in rowing ;-the entire movement of the piston from one end to the other of the cylinder. Cabinet Dictionary

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