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Learner's definition of STROKE  
[count]medical  : a serious illness caused when a blood vessel in your brain suddenly breaks or is blocked
— see also sunstroke
: an act of hitting a ball or the movement made to hit a ball during a game
— see also ground stroke
   b  golf  : an act of hitting the ball that is counted as part of a player's score
: one of a series of repeated movements of your arms in swimming or rowing that you make to move yourself or the boat through the water
   b  : a style of swimming
— see also backstroke, breaststroke
[count]  : one of a series of repeated movements by something that goes up and down or back and forth
[count]  : an act of hitting someone or something with a stick, whip, etc.
[count]  : a gentle movement of your hand over or along something
[count]  : a single act of moving a pen or brush when it is being used to write or paint
also  : a line or mark made by a pen or brush
— see also brushstroke, keystroke
[count]  : one of the sounds made by a clock or bell to indicate a particular time
   b  [singular]  : an exact time
[count]  : a single decisive action
10  [count]  : something good, lucky, etc., that happens or is thought of suddenly — usually singular
11  [count]  : a bright flash of lightning

a stroke of work

: any work at all

put (someone) off their stroke

: to cause someone to hesitate or be confused
Learner's definition of STROKE  
[+ object]
: to move your hand over (someone or something) gently and in one direction
always followed by an adverb or preposition 
: to move (something) gently in one direction
   b  : to hit or kick (a ball) with a smooth movement
chiefly US, informal  : to say nice things to (someone) in order to get approval, agreement, etc.

— stroker

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