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noun stroke pronunciation in British English /strəʊk/
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  1. 1
    a medical condition in which blood is suddenly blocked and cannot reach the brain, or in which a blood vessel in the brain breaks, often causing a loss of the ability to speak or to move particular muscles
    have/suffer a stroke: Leni suffered a stroke last year, and is unable to walk.
  2. 2
    an unexpected but important event or action
    a stroke of luck/good fortune: Winning the lottery was quite a stroke of luck.
    a stroke of genius/inspiration/brilliance: Using green as a background was a real stroke of genius (=an idea that shows great intelligence).
    a bold/master stroke: These plans are seen as a bold stroke by the local council.
  3. 3
    a hit made with someones hand, a stick, or another object
    With each stroke of the whip, the horse galloped faster.
    1. a.
      an instance of hitting the ball in some sports, or the way in which someone hits it
      He slammed the ball over the net with a powerful backhand stroke.
  4. 5
    one of the series of sounds that some clocks make to mark the hour, or the time marked by this
    At the stroke of nine (=at exactly nine o’clock) the band began to play.
  5. 8
    an instance of lightning hitting something
    The tree was split by a stroke of lightning.



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