from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. An upward stroke, as of a brush.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. the upward stroke of a brush, piston etc

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. An upward stroke, especially the stroke, or line, made by a writing instrument when moving upward, or from the body of the writer, or a line corresponding to the part of a letter thus made.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. In mech., the traverse of a piston, or of any reciprocating or rocking element of an engine or machine, in which the driving element is moving upward, or the principal driven element is coming up.

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

  • n. a stroke normally made in an upward direction


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  • With the upstroke everything advances to the next stage and a third case can be inserted in the holding plate.

    reloading kit

  • 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

  • The upstroke as well as downstroke require enormous strength; every stroke is a power stroke.


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


  • I passed mile zero, trying to concentrate on staying low, on using the punch of the downstroke and add an upstroke pull to it as well.

    Archive 2008-06-01

  • With this the doughty Pipchin produces a canvas bag; and tells her wages out to that day, and a month beyond it; and clutches the money tight, until a receipt for the same is duly signed, to the last upstroke; when she grudgingly lets it go.

    Dombey and Son

  • Vince moved his palms to her inner ankles and applied pressure, gently spreading her legs, before beginning his upstroke with his digits, but this time on the insides of her legs.

    The Forever Game

  • There is a tang on the end of the blade to catch it on upstroke when released.

    That Crazy Kitchen Gadget

  • In his teaching and practice he would force an inhale on the downstroke of a squat and then have a forced exhale on the upstroke, which he called optimal breathing.

    On Yoga

  • He wouldn't acknowledge that the forced inhale on the downstroke was imposed and not natural according to the movement, saying it was 'optimal' oxygenating therefore energizing for the next movement, which thereby would give a natural/forced exhale on the upstroke.

    On Yoga


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