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  • n. A downward stroke, especially one that is part of a sequence of alternating upward and downward strokes.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A stroke made with a downward motion of the pen or pencil.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a stroke normally made in a downward direction


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down + stroke


  • One of my favourite players, Herschel Sizemore, on his tuition DVD, states that the Monroe 'downstroke' style was just too hard for him to do, so he developed the 'other' Monroe style, the 'fiddle' style of playing.

    Mandolin Cafe News

  • It had complete plumage with fully developed flight feathers and a large wishbone for the attachment of strong muscles for the downstroke of the wings.

    Modern Science in the Bible

  • Their ghostly appearance is enhanced by the fact that the undersides of their chalk-white wings are dark brown, so with every upstroke they seem to disappear in the moonlight, then reappear on the downstroke.

    Country diary: Blanchland, Northumberland-Durham border

  • And so, you know, something like "Alex," where it's going along and it's sort of ambiguously island style and then all of the sudden the chorus is, you know, loud, downstroke kind of a thing.

    Punch Brothers Serve Up A Bluegrass Cocktail

  • The dot on the lowercase i is square and wider than the downstroke, and each curves away from the other.

    Playing to Type

  • Emerson, while you are singing lead, strum only the downstroke, leave out the upstroke, and see how that lets the chord ring.


  • It will probably involve a carefully-timed pour on the downstroke.

    Grand Designs: Hangin' it Out There

  • With every downstroke, a hitching wail broke forth from his mouth.

    No Mercy

  • Editors usually follow Hyder Rollins in supplying a dropped r for the second one, to get th [r] ough; [17] but Keats often writes a shorthand emphatic downstroke that implies two letters, and I think here he may have liked the fine-sounding of Though/blows/though enough to let it ride.

    Sounding Romantic: The Sound of Sound

  • If the rider emphasizes the downstroke, the surge of power applied to the rear wheel causes it to lose traction on sand and gravel trails.

    Book excerpt: The biomechanics of pedaling, from Andy Pruitt’s Complete Medical Guide for Cyclists


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