down·​stroke | \-ˌstrōk \

Definition of downstroke 

: a downward stroke

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Press it once to power the bike on and make the motor ready to assist the next pedal downstroke. Thomas Ricker, The Verge, "Ampler Curt e-bike review: electric doesn’t have to mean big and ugly," 6 Sep. 2018 A hydrodynamic analysis of the humpback's movements in the lab confirmed that both the upstroke and the downstroke of its flippers provide forward thrust. Carrie Arnold, National Geographic, "Rare Video Captures Never-Before-Seen Whale Behavior," 12 July 2017 Clip-ins are cycling shoes that connect to a bike's pedals via little metal or plastic cleats so that the rider can use leg power on the upstroke as well as the downstroke. Jacqueline Detwiler, Popular Mechanics, "Why Gravel Cycling Is Terrifying—And Exhilarating," 6 Mar. 2017

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First Known Use of downstroke

1852, in the meaning defined above

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