Stroke vs Stock - What's the difference?

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As nouns the difference between stroke and stock

is that stroke is an act of while stock is stick, staff.

As a verb stroke

is to move one's hand or an object (such as a broom) along (a surface) in one direction.

As a prefix stock is

used to emphasize.



Etymology 1

From (etyl) .

Alternative forms

* (l) (obsolete)


(wikipedia stroke) (en noun)
  • An act of (gloss, moving one's hand over a surface).
  • A blow or hit.
  • * Bible, Deuteronomy xix. 5
  • His hand fetcheth a stroke with the axe to cut down the tree.
  • * Francis Bacon
  • He entered and won the whole kingdom of Naples without striking a stroke .
  • A single movement with a tool.
  • # (golf) A single act of striking at the ball with a club.
  • # (tennis) The hitting of a ball with a racket, or the movement of the racket and arm that produces that impact.
  • # (rowing) The movement of an oar or paddle through water, either the pull which actually propels the vessel or a single entire cycle of movement including the pull.
  • # (cricket) The action of hitting the ball with the bat; a shot.
  • # A thrust of a piston.
  • One of a series of beats or movements against a resisting medium, by means of which movement through or upon it is accomplished.
  • the stroke of a bird's wing in flying, or of an oar in rowing
    the stroke of a skater, swimmer, etc.
  • A powerful or sudden effort by which something is done, produced, or accomplished; also, something done or accomplished by such an effort.
  • a stroke''' of genius; a '''stroke''' of business; a master '''stroke of policy
  • A line drawn with a pen or other writing implement.
  • # (hence, British) The symbol .
  • # (linguistics) A line of a Chinese, Japanese or Korean character.
  • The time when a clock strikes.
  • * {{quote-news, year=2012, date=May 9, author=John Percy, work=the Telegraph
  • , title= Birmingham City 2 Blackpool 2 (2-3 on agg): match report , passage=Already guarding a 1-0 lead from the first leg, Blackpool inched further ahead when Stephen Dobbie scored from an acute angle on the stroke of half-time. The game appeared to be completely beyond Birmingham’s reach three minutes into the second period when Matt Phillips reacted quickly to bundle the ball past Colin Doyle and off a post.}}
  • (swimming) A style, a single movement within a style.
  • * , chapter=7
  • , title= Mr. Pratt's Patients , passage=Old Applegate, in the stern, just set and looked at me, and Lord James, amidship, waved both arms and kept hollering for help. I took a couple of everlasting big strokes and managed to grab hold of the skiff's rail, close to the stern.}}
  • (medicine) The loss of brain function arising when the blood supply to the brain is suddenly interrupted.
  • (obsolete) A sudden attack of any disease, especially when fatal; any sudden, severe affliction or calamity.
  • a stroke''' of apoplexy; the '''stroke of death
  • * Harte
  • At this one stroke the man looked dead in law.
  • (rowing) The rower who is nearest the stern of the boat.
  • (rowing) The oar nearest the stern of a boat, by which the other oars are guided.
  • (professional wrestling) Backstage influence.
  • (squash) A point awarded to a player in case of interference or obstruction by the opponent.
  • (sciences) An individual discharge of lightning.
  • A flash of lightning may be made up of several strokes . If they are separated by enough time for the eye to distinguish them, the lightning will appear to flicker.
  • (obsolete) The result or effect of a striking; injury or affliction; soreness.
  • * Bible, Isa. xxx. 26
  • in the day that the Lord bindeth up the breach of his people, and healeth the stroke of their wound
  • An addition or amendment to a written composition; a touch.
  • to give some finishing strokes to an essay
  • A throb or beat, as of the heart.
  • (Tennyson)
  • (obsolete) Power; influence.
  • * Robynson (More's Utopia)
  • where money beareth all the stroke
  • * Dryden
  • He has a great stroke with the reader.
  • (obsolete) appetite
  • (Jonathan Swift)
    * caress * (blow) blow, hit, beat ** (act of striking with a weapon) blow * (single movement with a tool) ** (in golf) ** (in tennis) ** (in rowing) ** (in cricket) shot ** (thrust of a piston) push, thrust * (made with a pen) stroke of the pen ** (made with a brush) brushstroke ** (symbol) forward slash (in computing), shilling sign (qualifier), slant, slash (especially in computing), solidus, virgule * (time when a clock strikes) hour * (particular style of swimming) * (in medical sense) cerebrovascular accident, CVA * (in wrestling)
    Derived terms
    * at a stroke * at one stroke * backstroke * breaststroke * broad strokes * brushstroke * butterfly stroke * different strokes for different folks * down to the short strokes * four-stroke engine * government stroke * keystroke * masterstroke * multistroke * short strokes * stroke of genius * stroke of luck * stroke of work * stroke order * two-stroke engine * umstroke

    Etymology 2

    From (etyl) stroken, straken, from (etyl) .


  • To move one's hand or an object (such as a broom) along (a surface) in one direction.
  • * Dryden
  • He dried the falling drops, and, yet more kind, / He stroked her cheeks.
  • (cricket) To hit the ball with the bat in a flowing motion.
  • (masonry) To give a finely fluted surface to.
  • To row the stroke oar of.
  • to stroke a boat

    See also

    * (pedialite)


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  • A store or supply
  • # (operations) A store of goods ready for sale; inventory.
  • We have a stock of televisions on hand.
  • # A supply of anything ready for use.
  • Lay in a stock of wood for the winter season.
  • # Railroad rolling stock.
  • # In a card game, a stack of undealt cards made available to the players.
  • # Farm or ranch animals; livestock.
  • # The population of a given type of animal (especially fish) available to be captured from the wild for economic use.
  • (finance) The capital raised by a company through the issue of shares. The total of shares held by an individual shareholder.
  • # The price or value of the stock for a company on the stock market
  • When the bad news came out, the company's stock dropped precipitously.
  • # (figurative) The measure of how highly a person or institution is valued.
  • After that last screw-up of mine, my stock is pretty low around here.
  • # Any of several types of security that are similar to a stock, or marketed like one.
  • The raw material from which things are made; feedstock
  • # The type of paper used in printing.
  • The books were printed on a heavier stock this year.
  • # Undeveloped film; film stock
  • Stock theater, summer stock theater
  • The trunk and woody main stems of a tree. The base from which something grows or branches.
  • * Bible, Job xiv. 8,9
  • Though the root thereof wax old in the earth, and the stock thereof die in the ground, yet through the scent of water it will bud, and bring forth boughs like a plant.
  • # (horticulture) The plant upon which the scion is .
  • #* Francis Bacon
  • The scion overruleth the stock quite.
  • # lineage, family, ancestry
  • ## (linguistics) A larger grouping of language families: a superfamily or macrofamily.
  • Any of the several species of cruciferous flowers in the genus Matthiola .
  • A handle or stem to which the working part of an implement or weapon is attached
  • # The part of a rifle or shotgun that rests against the shooter's shoulder.
  • #*
  • # The handle of a whip, fishing rod, etc.
  • Part of a machine that supports items or holds them in place.
  • # The headstock of a lathe, drill, etc.
  • # The tailstock of a lathe
  • A bar, stick or rod
  • # A ski pole
  • # (nautical) A bar going through an anchor, perpendicular to the flukes.
  • # (nautical) The axle attached to the rudder, which transfers the movement of the helm to the rudder.
  • # (geology) A pipe (vertical cylinder of ore)
  • A bed for infants; a crib, cot, or cradle
  • (folklore) A piece of wood magically made to be just like a real baby and substituted for it by magical beings.
  • (uncountable, countable) Broth made from meat (originally bones) or vegetables, used as a basis for stew or soup.
  • A necktie or cravat, particularly a wide necktie popular in the eighteenth century, often seen today as a part of formal wear for horse riding competitions.
  • * 1915 , :
  • He wore a brown tweed suit and a white stock . His clothes hung loosely about him as though they had been made for a much larger man. He looked like a respectable farmer of the middle of the nineteenth century.
  • * 1978 , (Lawrence Durrell), Livia'', Faber & Faber 1992 (''Avignon Quintet ), p. 417:
  • His grey waistcoat sported pearl buttons, and he wore a stock which set off to admiration a lean and aquiline face which was almost as grey as the rest of him.
  • A piece of black cloth worn under a clerical collar.
  • (obsolete) A cover for the legs; a stocking
  • A block of wood; something fixed and solid; a pillar; a firm support; a post.
  • * Milton
  • All our fathers worshipped stocks and stones.
  • * Fuller
  • Item, for a stock of brass for the holy water, seven shillings; which, by the canon, must be of marble or metal, and in no case of brick.
  • (by extension, obsolete) A person who is as dull and lifeless as a stock or post; one who has little sense.
  • * Shakespeare
  • Let's be no stoics, nor no stocks .
  • (UK, historical) The part of a tally formerly struck in the exchequer, which was delivered to the person who had lent the king money on account, as the evidence of indebtedness.
  • A thrust with a rapier; a stoccado.
  • (shipbuilding, in the plural) The frame or timbers on which a ship rests during construction.
  • (UK, in the plural) Red and grey bricks, used for the exterior of walls and the front of buildings.
  • (biology) In tectology, an aggregate or colony of persons, such as as trees, chains of salpae, etc.
  • The beater of a fulling mill.
  • (Knight)


    * (farm or ranch animals) livestock * (railroad equipment) rolling stock * (raw material) feedstock * (paper for printing) card stock * (plant used in grafting) rootstock, understock * (axle attached to rudder) rudder stock * (wide necktie) stock-tie

    Derived terms

    * buffer stock * capital stock * certificated stock * common stock * corporate stock * deferred stock * growth stock * gunstock * laughingstock, laughing stock * livestock * penny stock * preferred stock * private stock * rolling stock * stand stock still * standing stock * stock answer * stock certificate * stock company * stock cube * stock exchange * stocfish * stockholder * stockish * stockist * stockless * stockman * stock market * stock option * stock performance * stock phrase * stockpicker * stockpile * stock split * stock-still * stock-take * stock-taking * stock up * stock vehicle, as opposed to custom vehicle * stocks * stocky * stockyard * take stock * tracking stock * treasury stock * unissued stock


    (en verb)
  • To have on hand for sale.
  • The store stocks all kinds of dried vegetables.
  • To provide with material requisites; to store; to fill; to supply.
  • to stock a warehouse with goods
    to stock a farm, i.e. to supply it with cattle and tools
    to stock land, i.e. to occupy it with a permanent growth, especially of grass
  • To allow (cows) to retain milk for twenty-four hours or more prior to sale.
  • To put in the stocks as punishment.
  • (Shakespeare)
  • (nautical) To fit (an anchor) with a stock, or to fasten the stock firmly in place.
  • (card games, dated) To arrange cards in a certain manner for cheating purposes; to stack the deck.
  • Adjective

  • Of a type normally available for purchase/in stock.
  • stock items
    stock sizes
  • (racing, of a race car) Having the same configuration as cars sold to the non-racing public, or having been modified from such a car.
  • Straightforward, ordinary, very basic.
  • That band is quite stock
    He gave me a stock answer

    See also

    * DJIA * foodstock


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