Synonyms of 'stroke'
to touch or brush lightly or gentlyShe was absentmindedly stroking her cat.
rupture of a blood vessel in the brain resulting in loss of consciousness, often followed by paralysis and damage to speechHe had a minor stroke, which left him partly paralysed.
a mark made by a pen or paintbrushFill in gaps by using short, upward strokes of the pencil.
3 (noun) I turned and swam a few strokes further out to sea.
the striking of a clockOn the stroke of 12, fireworks suddenly exploded into the night.
a blow, knock, or hitHe was sending the ball into the net with each stroke.
He went off to hospital after a blow to the face.
a hit on the head
He had taken a knock on the head in training.
He gave her an encouraging pat on the shoulder.
There was a light rap on the door.
He felt a thump on his shoulder.
He gave Andrew a swipe on the ear.
6 (noun) At the time, his appointment seemed a stroke of genius.
See at a stroke
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in the sense of accomplishment
something successfully completed
The accomplishments of the past year are quite extraordinary.
in the sense of achievement
something that has been accomplished by hard work, ability, or heroism
a conference celebrating women's achievements
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Thesaurus for stroke from the Collins English Thesaurus