Lexicon: stroke – strut

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stroke, n. [ME; see strike.]

Blow; shock; attack; apoplexy; [fig.] end; death; [polysemy] arm movement for swimming; sweep of an oar.

stroke (-d, -s, stroking), v. [OE; see strike, v.] (webplay: stripe).

  1. Rub gently with the hand.
  2. Touch repeatedly in one direction.
  3. Strum; strike; play; indicate.

stroll (-ed, -ing), v. [Ger. strolch, vagabond; strolchen, to wander as a vagrant: see stray.] (webplay: stray).

Rove; ramble idly; wander on foot.

strong (-er, -est), adj. [OE 'severe, strict'.]

  1. Physically powerful; able to exert great force; [subjective complement for linking verb.]
  2. Firm; steady; hardy; healthy.
  3. Secure; able to endure
  4. Loud; powerful; forceful; resonating; [fig.] sure; certain; committed; confident; full of faith.
  5. Perfumed; potent-smelling; heavy with floral scent.
  6. Fit; persistent; most prevailing.
  7. Powerful; omnipotent.
  8. Intense; potent; concentrated.
  9. Constant; everlasting.
  10. Strenuous; heavy; ponderous; exhausting; enervating; [fig.] bitter; dark with sorrow and sin.
  11. United; bonded; closely associated.

strong (-er), adv. [see strong, adj.]

Unflinchingly; fearlessly; more courageously; with more gusto; with greater intent; with less hesitation; [adjectival complement] more intense in flavor; more bitter to the taste; more potent in content density, as with a beverage like coffee; [fig.] without shrinking, like Christ in Gethsemane.

strong, n. [see strong, adj.]

Believers; faithful ones.

struggle, n. [see struggle, v.]

Fight; [fig.] quest; desire to achieve.

struggle (-d, -s, struggling), v. [ME; obscure origin; poss. ON 'contention, strife, reluctance, revengeful'.]

  1. Gasp.
  2. Try; exert oneself; attempt to act.
  3. Endure difficulty; face a challenge.

strut (-s), n. [OE 'combat, strife, to stand out, project, protrude'; Norw. 'spout, snout'.]

Stiff step; self-important walk.

strut (-s), v. [OE 'wrangle, to contend, to struggle'.]

Prance; swagger; to make a show.