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obs. imp. of Strike. Struck.


 - n. The act of striking; a blow; a hit; a knock; esp., a violent or hostile attack made with the arm or hand, or with an instrument or weapon. The result of effect of a striking; injury or affliction; soreness. The striking of the clock to tell the hour. A gentle, caressing touch or movement upon something; a stroking. A mark or dash in writing or printing; a line; the touch of a pen or pencil; as, an up stroke; a firm stroke. Hence, by extension, an addition or amendment to a written composition; a touch; as, to give some finishing strokes to an essay.


A sudden attack of disease; especially, a fatal attack; a severe disaster; any affliction or calamity, especially a sudden one; as, a stroke of apoplexy; the stroke of death. A throb or beat, as of the heart. One of a series of beats or movements against a resisting medium, by means of which movement through or upon it is accomplished; as, the stroke of a bird's wing in flying, or an oar in rowing, of a skater, swimmer, etc.; also: (Rowing) (a) The rate ...

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