from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. Present participle of stroke.
  • n. The act by which something is stroked.
  • n. The act of laying small gathers in cloth in regular order.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The act of rubbing gently with the hand, or of smoothing; a stroke.
  • n. The act of laying small gathers in cloth in regular order.
  • n. See Stripping, 2.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The act of passing the hand over a surface.
  • n. plural The last milk drawn from a cow, pressed out by gentle stroking; strippings.

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

  • n. a light touch with the hands


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  • It reads like you are more interested in stroking your ego than responding to criticism. —

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  • And I certainly don't recall feeling like I succeeded particularly in stroking my own ego by emblazoning every found object in my room (and the laundry) with my scarlet letter Gs. To this day I am still attracted to things with the letter G on them.

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  • Sending out "mixed messages" that arouse interest, deliberately fishing about to see if we can get a little "stroking" - this is toxic, manipulative, adolescent.

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  • What a number of men go to India with the best intentions, and set to work at once, flinging their doctrines at the natives before they have learnt in the least to understand what the said natives 'minds are like, or how they work, -- dropping at once upon their pet prejudices, mortally offending them as a preliminary step towards arguing with them; and in short, stroking the cat of society backwards in the most conscientious manner.

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  • I don’t expect a bald, scarred supervillain stroking his cat in every Bond film, but I do like it when the two seem like they are evenly matched, either in wits, physicality, or both.

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  • Rove’s grand plan was to spend the first three years of Bush’s term stroking conservatives’ erogenous zones–lots of tax cuts, conservative judges, regulatory rollbacks, and religiously hued social policy the administration’s marriage initiative, its efforts to restrict access to abortion, its retrograde stem cell research policies, etc.

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  • It is performed in many ways namely stroking with palms of one hand, stroking with palms of two hands, the ball of the thumb, the knuckles and the finger tips.

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  • It turns out that this recommendation is likely to cause a condition known as short-stroking, which is when the disk head only moves over a small portion of the platter instead of the full distance.

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  • Then the agent Kitty Galore (voiced by Bette Midler) develops megalomaniac tendencies such as stroking a pet mouse in the manner of Ernst Stavro Blofeld, and she uses a satellite dish to drive all dogs mad.

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  • With 197 film-like pressure sensors under its light grey rubbery skin, CB2 can also recognise human touch, such as stroking of its head.

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