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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... In handwriting research, the concept of stroke is used in various ways ... science, 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 recognition) ... Thus, such stroke may be a complete character or a part of a character ...
... 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) provide some thrust ... 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 ...
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 - undersquare/long-stroke, 445.2 cc per cylinder, compression ratio 9.01 ...
... 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 ... 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 ...
... 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 ...
More definitions of "stroke":
- (noun): A punctuation mark (/) used to separate related items of information.
Synonyms: solidus, slash, virgule, diagonal, separatrix
- (noun): A light touch.
- (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): Treat gingerly or carefully.
Example: "You have to stroke the boss"
- (noun): A single complete movement.
- (noun): (sports) the act of swinging or striking at a ball with a club or racket or bat or cue or hand.
- (noun): A mark made by a writing implement (as in cursive writing).
- (verb): Strike a ball with a smooth blow.
- (noun): A light touch with the hands.
- (noun): Any one of the repeated movements of the limbs and body used for locomotion in swimming or rowing.
- (noun): The oarsman nearest the stern of the shell who sets the pace for the rest of the crew.
- (noun): The maximum movement available to a pivoted or reciprocating piece by a cam.
Synonyms: throw, cam stroke
- (verb): Touch lightly and with affection, with brushing motions.
Famous quotes containing the word stroke:
“I should like to suggest that at least on the face of it a stroke by stroke story of a copulation is exactly as absurd as a chew by chew account of the consumption of a chickens wing.”
—William Gass (b. 1924)
“Now what sort of man or woman or monster would stroke a centipede I have ever seen? And here is my good big centipede! If such a man exists, I say kill him without more ado. He is a traitor to the human race.”
—William Burroughs (b. 1914)
“I believe that Harmon would be the easiest to defeat, though he might gain much strength from the Republicans. Clark would surely lose New York. I am beginning to feel that by some stroke of genius they may name Woodrow Wilson, and that seems a pretty hard tussle.”
—William Howard Taft (18571930)