What does stroke mean?

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Noun
  1. An act of stroking (moving one's hand over a surface).
  2. A blow or hit.
  3. A single movement with a tool.
    1. (golf) A single act of striking at the ball with a club.
    2. (tennis) The hitting of a ball with a racket, or the movement of the racket and arm that produces that impact.
    3. (rowing) The movement of an oar or paddle through water, either the pull which actually propels the vessel or a single entire cycle of movement including the pull.
    4. (cricket) The action of hitting the ball with the bat; a shot.
    5. A thrust of a piston.
    6. An act of striking with a weapon
  4. One of a series of beats or movements against a resisting medium, by means of which movement through or upon it is accomplished.
  5. A powerful or sudden effort by which something is done, produced, or accomplished; also, something done or accomplished by such an effort.
  6. A line drawn with a pen or other writing implement, particularly:
    1. (chiefly Britain) (Britain, typography) The slash, /.
    2. (Unicode, typography) The formal name of the individual horizontal strikethroughs (as in A̶ and A̵).
    3. (linguistics) A line of a Chinese, Japanese or Korean character.
  7. A streak made with a brush.
  8. The time when a clock strikes.
  9. (swimming) A style, a single movement within a style.
  10. (medicine) The loss of brain function arising when the blood supply to the brain is suddenly interrupted.
  11. (obsolete) A sudden attack of any disease, especially when fatal; any sudden, severe affliction or calamity.
  12. (rowing) The oar nearest the stern of a boat, by which the other oars are guided.
  13. (rowing) The rower who is nearest the stern of the boat.
  14. (professional wrestling) Backstage influence.
  15. (squash) A point awarded to a player in case of interference or obstruction by the opponent.
  16. (sciences) An individual discharge of lightning.
  17. (obsolete) The result or effect of a striking; injury or affliction; soreness.
  18. An addition or amendment to a written composition; a touch.
  19. A throb or beat, as of the heart.
  20. (obsolete) Power; influence.
  21. (obsolete) appetite
Verb
  1. (transitive) To move one's hand or an object (such as a broom) along (a surface) in one direction.
  2. (transitive, cricket) To hit the ball with the bat in a flowing motion.
  3. (masonry) To give a finely fluted surface to.
  4. (transitive) To row the stroke oar of.
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