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Stroke, subst. 1) any sudden act of one body upon another: “oared himself with his good arms in lusty s. to the shore,” Tp. II, 1, 119. “wounds the unsisting postern with these --s,” Meas. IV, 2, 92. “the oars, which to the tune of flutes kept s.” Ant. II, 2, 200. “amorous of their --s,” Ant. II, 2, 200
== blow: “as you love --s,” Err. II, 2, 8. “enraged him on to offer --s,” H4B IV, 1, 211. Cor. III, 3, 79. Cor. III, 3, 79 Oth. IV, 1, 285. Cymb. III, 5, 40.
== a cut or thrust made with a weapon: “one s. shall free thee,” Tp. II, 1, 292. “with bloodless s.” Tw. II, 5, 117. “without s. or wound,” John II, 418. H6C II, 1, 54 (allusion to the proverb: many --s fell great oaks). II, 3, 3. R3 V, 3, 90. Troil. IV, 5, 93. Cor. I, 4, 58. Caes. V, 1, 29. Caes. V, 1, 29 Mcb. I, 2, 38. V, 4, 20. V, 7, 15. Lr. IV, 2, 77. Ant. IV, 14, 117. “to give a s.” H6A IV, 1, 22. “to strike a s.” H5 II, 1, 68. H6A I, 1, 134. I, 5, 35. Troil. V, 7, 3. Ant. IV, 14, 91. == death-blow: “the Destinies will curse thee for this s.” Ven. 945. “the bloodiest shame, the wildest savagery, the vildest s.” John IV, 3, 48. R2 III, 1, 31. R3 I, 2, 178. Rom. III, 3, 23. Ant. V, 1, 64. V, 2, 298.
3) the agency of any hostile and pernicious power: “free from oppression or the s. of war,” H6A V, 3, 155. “Henry . . . all that made me happy at one s. has taken,” H8 II, 1, 117. “when the greatest s. of fortune falls,” II, 2, 36. “'tis fond to wail inevitable --s,” Cor. IV, 1, 26. “what not done, that thou hast cause to rue, wherein I had no s. of mischief in it,” Tit. V, 1, 110. “your potent and infectious fevers heap on Athens, ripe for s.” Tim. IV, 1, 23. “their fears of hostile --s,” V, 1, 202. “nor all deserve the common s. of war,” V, 4, 22. “virtue itself scapes not calumnious --s,” Hml. I, 3, 38. “whom the heavens' plagues have humbled to all --s,” Lr. IV, 1, 68. “the nimble s. of quick cross lightning,” IV, 7, 34. “some distressful s. that my youth suffered,” Oth. I, 3, 157. “thou art past the tyrant's s.” Cymb. IV, 2, 265.
4) the sound of a clock announcing a full hour: “upon the s. of four,” R3 III, 2, 5. IV, 2, 115. V, 3, 235. “thou keepest the s.” IV, 2, 117.
5) fighting, giving battle: “ere the s. of this battle,” Cymb. V, 5, 468 (cf. strike in H5 II, 4, 54).
6) a line (as made with a pen): “his life is parallel'd even with the s. and line of his great justice,” Meas. IV, 2, 83.
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