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stroke

  

      n  
1    the act or an instance of striking; a blow, knock, or hit  
2    a sudden action, movement, or occurrence  
a stroke of luck     
3    a brilliant or inspired act or feat  
a stroke of genius     
4      (Pathol)   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  
5   
a    the striking of a clock  
b    the hour registered by the striking of a clock  
on the stroke of three     
6    a mark, flourish, or line made by a writing implement  
7       another name for       solidus   used esp. when dictating or reading aloud   used esp. when dictating or reading aloud  
8    a light touch or caress, as with the fingers  
9    a pulsation, esp. of the heart  
10    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.  
12    any one of the repeated movements used by a swimmer to propel himself through the water  
13    a manner of swimming, esp. one of several named styles such as the crawl or butterfly  
14   
a    any one of a series of linear movements of a reciprocating part, such as a piston  
b    the distance travelled by such a part from one end of its movement to the other  
15    a single pull on an oar or oars in rowing  
16    manner or style of rowing  
17    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      (U.S.)  
informal   a compliment or comment that enhances a persons self-esteem  
19    modifier  
Slang     (chiefly U.S.)   pornographic; masturbatory  
stroke magazines     
20    a stroke (of work)   usually used with a negative   a small amount of work  
21    off one's stroke   performing or working less well than usual  
22    on the stroke (of)   punctually (at)  
      vb  
23    tr   to touch, brush, or caress lightly or gently  
24    tr   to mark a line or a stroke on or through  
25    to act as the stroke of (a racing shell)  
26    tr     (Sport)   to strike (a ball) with a smooth swinging blow  
27    tr     (U.S. and Canadian)  
informal   to handle or influence (someone) with care, using persuasion, flattery, etc.  
     (Old English stracian; related to Middle Low German streken; see strike)  


exhaust stroke  
      n      another name for       scavenge stroke  
four-stroke  
      adj   relating to or designating an internal-combustion engine in which the piston makes four strokes for every explosion,   (U.S. and Canadian name)    four-cycle      Compare       two-stroke  
ground stroke  
      n     (Tennis)   any return made to a ball that has touched the ground, as opposed to a volley  
hair stroke  
      n   a very fine line in a written character  
scavenge stroke   , scavenging stroke  
      n   (in a reciprocating engine) the stroke of a piston in a four-stroke cycle that pushes the burnt gases out as exhaust,   (Also called)    exhaust stroke  
Sheffer's stroke  
      n     (Logic)   a function of two sentences, equivalent to the negation of their conjunction, and written p|q (p and q are both not true) where p,q, are the arguments: p|q is false only when p,q are both true. It is possible to construct all truth functions out of this one alone  
     (named after H. M. Sheffer (1883--1964), US philosopher)  
stroke play  
      n     (Golf)  
a    scoring by counting the number of strokes taken  
b    (as modifier)  
a strokeplay tournament        (Also called)    medal play      Compare       match play       Stableford  
two-stroke  
      adj   relating to or designating an internal-combustion engine whose piston makes two strokes for every explosion,   (U.S. and Canadian word)    two-cycle      Compare       four-stroke  
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solidus  
      n   pl   , -di  
1      (Also called)    diagonal, separatrix, shilling mark, slash, stroke, virgule          a short oblique stroke used in text to separate items of information, such as days, months, and years in dates (18/7/80), alternative words (and/or), numerator from denominator in fractions (55/103), etc.  
2    a gold coin of the Byzantine empire  
     (C14: from Late Latin solidus (nummus) a gold coin (from solidus solid); in Medieval Latin, solidus referred to a shilling and was indicated by a long s, which ultimately became the virgule)  


exhaust stroke  
      n      another name for       scavenge stroke  
four-stroke  
      adj   relating to or designating an internal-combustion engine in which the piston makes four strokes for every explosion,   (U.S. and Canadian name)    four-cycle      Compare       two-stroke  
ground stroke  
      n     (Tennis)   any return made to a ball that has touched the ground, as opposed to a volley  
hair stroke  
      n   a very fine line in a written character  
scavenge stroke   , scavenging stroke  
      n   (in a reciprocating engine) the stroke of a piston in a four-stroke cycle that pushes the burnt gases out as exhaust,   (Also called)    exhaust stroke  
Sheffer's stroke  
      n     (Logic)   a function of two sentences, equivalent to the negation of their conjunction, and written p|q (p and q are both not true) where p,q, are the arguments: p|q is false only when p,q are both true. It is possible to construct all truth functions out of this one alone  
     (named after H. M. Sheffer (1883--1964), US philosopher)  
stroke  
      n  
1    the act or an instance of striking; a blow, knock, or hit  
2    a sudden action, movement, or occurrence  
a stroke of luck     
3    a brilliant or inspired act or feat  
a stroke of genius     
4      (Pathol)   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  
5   
a    the striking of a clock  
b    the hour registered by the striking of a clock  
on the stroke of three     
6    a mark, flourish, or line made by a writing implement  
7       another name for       solidus   used esp. when dictating or reading aloud   used esp. when dictating or reading aloud  
8    a light touch or caress, as with the fingers  
9    a pulsation, esp. of the heart  
10    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.  
12    any one of the repeated movements used by a swimmer to propel himself through the water  
13    a manner of swimming, esp. one of several named styles such as the crawl or butterfly  
14   
a    any one of a series of linear movements of a reciprocating part, such as a piston  
b    the distance travelled by such a part from one end of its movement to the other  
15    a single pull on an oar or oars in rowing  
16    manner or style of rowing  
17    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      (U.S.)  
informal   a compliment or comment that enhances a persons self-esteem  
19    modifier  
Slang     (chiefly U.S.)   pornographic; masturbatory  
stroke magazines     
20    a stroke (of work)   usually used with a negative   a small amount of work  
21    off one's stroke   performing or working less well than usual  
22    on the stroke (of)   punctually (at)  
      vb  
23    tr   to touch, brush, or caress lightly or gently  
24    tr   to mark a line or a stroke on or through  
25    to act as the stroke of (a racing shell)  
26    tr     (Sport)   to strike (a ball) with a smooth swinging blow  
27    tr     (U.S. and Canadian)  
informal   to handle or influence (someone) with care, using persuasion, flattery, etc.  
     (Old English stracian; related to Middle Low German streken; see strike)  
stroke play  
      n     (Golf)  
a    scoring by counting the number of strokes taken  
b    (as modifier)  
a strokeplay tournament        (Also called)    medal play      Compare       match play       Stableford  
two-stroke  
      adj   relating to or designating an internal-combustion engine whose piston makes two strokes for every explosion,   (U.S. and Canadian word)    two-cycle      Compare       four-stroke  

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stroke

  

      n  
1    accomplishment, achievement, blow, feat, flourish, hit, knock, move, movement, pat, rap, thump  
2    apoplexy, attack, collapse, fit, seizure, shock  
      vb  
3    caress, fondle, pat, pet, rub  

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