Stroke was the second most common cause of death worldwide in 2004, resulting in 5.7 million deaths (~10% of the total). Approximately 9 million people had a stroke in 2008 and 30 million people have previously had a stroke and are still alive. It is ranked after heart disease and before cancer. Geographic disparities in stroke incidence have been observed, including the existence of a "stroke belt" in the southeastern United States, but causes of these disparities have not been explained.
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... The 360 was named for the size of its very small air-cooled, 2-stroke inline 2-cylinder 356 cc engine mounted transversely at the rear ... By contrast, most conventional automobiles at the time used water-cooled four-stroke engines with 4 or more cylinders mounted in the front ... Two-stroke engines are lighter, simpler, easier to cold start, and produce more power for less weight because they produce power every two piston strokes, rather than ...
... In handwriting research, the concept of stroke is used in various ways ... there is a tendency to use the term stroke for a single connected component of ink (in Off-line handwriting recognition) or a complete pen-down trace (in on-line handwriting ... Thus, such stroke may be a complete character or a part of a character ...
1,781 cubic centimetres (108.7 cu in) inline-four engine (R4/I4) bore x stroke 81.0 by 86.4 millimetres (3.19 in × 3.40 in), stroke ratio 0.941 ...
... Brain tissue survival can be improved to some extent if one or more of these processes is inhibited ... Drugs that scavenge reactive oxygen species, inhibit apoptosis, or inhibit excitatory neurotransmitters, for example, have been shown experimentally to reduce tissue injury caused by ischemia ...
... Flapping involves two stages the down-stroke, which provides the majority of the thrust, and the up-stroke, which can also (depending on the bird's wings ... At each up-stroke the wing is slightly folded inwards to reduce upward resistance ... Birds change the angle of attack between the up-stroke and the down-stroke of their wings ...
More definitions of "stroke":
- (noun): The maximum movement available to a pivoted or reciprocating piece by a cam.
Synonyms: throw, cam stroke
- (noun): A light touch with the hands.
- (verb): Row at a particular rate.
- (noun): Any one of the repeated movements of the limbs and body used for locomotion in swimming or rowing.
- (noun): A punctuation mark (/) used to separate related items of information.
Synonyms: solidus, slash, virgule, diagonal, separatrix
- (noun): The oarsman nearest the stern of the shell who sets the pace for the rest of the crew.
- (noun): A sudden loss of consciousness resulting when the rupture or occlusion of a blood vessel leads to oxygen lack in the brain.
Synonyms: apoplexy, cerebrovascular accident, CVA
- (verb): Strike a ball with a smooth blow.
- (noun): A mark made by a writing implement (as in cursive writing).
- (noun): A light touch.
- (noun): (sports) the act of swinging or striking at a ball with a club or racket or bat or cue or hand.
- (verb): Treat gingerly or carefully.
Example: "You have to stroke the boss"
- (verb): Touch lightly and with affection, with brushing motions.
Famous quotes containing the word stroke:
“Fair maid, white and red,
Comb me smooth, and stroke my head;
And every hair a sheave shall be,
And every sheave a golden tree.”
—George Peele (15591596)
“So was produced this tragedy
In a far tower of ivory
Where, O young men, late in the night
All you who drink light and stroke the air
Come back, seeking the night, and cry
To strict Rapunzel to let down her hair.”
—Allen Tate (18991979)
“A stroke of the pen is better than a stroke of the sword, no?”
—Ernest Pascal, and Walter Lang. Wilhelm (Stanley Andrews)