down·​stroke ˈdau̇n-ˌstrōk How to pronounce downstroke (audio)
: a downward stroke

Examples of downstroke in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Perhaps at a certain frequency the upstroke of a dolphin’s tail would load energy into the subdermal sheath, which would then spring back, helping push the tail through its downstroke. Carl Zimmer, Discover Magazine, 11 Nov. 2019 For a lot of guitar players, that downstroke is home base. Ryan Dombal, Pitchfork, 31 Aug. 2023 On the downstroke, air hits the bottom of the wing and is deflected past the bird, propelling it forward. Sarah Wells, Popular Mechanics, 9 Aug. 2023 The receiving partner leads on rocking with the upstroke and the penetrating partner leads on the downstroke. Liza Esquibias, Peoplemag, 10 July 2023 The study, published in Journal of the Royal Society Interface, showed that the bats most often maneuver on the upstroke of their wings, previously considered insignificant compared to the more powerful downstroke. Alison MacKey, Discover Magazine, 13 Nov. 2018 Cowboy’s premium 4-series e-bikes start at $2,990 / €2,990 and are slathered in sensors, including one for torque that causes the custom 250W rear-hub motor to respond intuitively to each downstroke of the pedal. Thomas Ricker, The Verge, 9 Mar. 2023 During the downstroke, the lamellae close up so that the birds can generate more power to fly. IEEE Spectrum, 20 Jan. 2023 The crested pigeon’s unusually narrow eighth primary wing feather produced a distinct high note with each downstroke. Charles Choi, Discover Magazine, 9 Nov. 2017

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Word History

First Known Use

1551, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of downstroke was in 1551

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“Downstroke.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Apr. 2024.

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down·​stroke -ˌstrōk How to pronounce downstroke (audio)
: a downward stroke
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