Stroke(?), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Strokeed (?); p. pr. & vb. n. Strokeing.] [OE. stroken, straken, AS. strcian, fr. strcan to go over, pass. See Strike, v. t., and cf. Straggle.] 1. To strike. [Obs.]
Ye mote with the plat sword againChaucer.
Stroken him in the wound, and it will close.
2. To rib gently in one direction; especially, to pass the hand gently over by way of expressing kindness or tenderness; to caress; to soothe.
He dried the falling drops, and, yet more kind,Dryden.
He stroked her cheeks.
3. To make smooth by rubbing.
(Masonry) To give a finely fluted surface to.
5. To row the stroke oar of; as, to
stroke a boat.
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