down·​stroke | \ ˈdau̇n-ˌstrōk How to pronounce downstroke (audio) \

Definition of downstroke

: a downward stroke

Examples of downstroke in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Krahl credits the evolution of four uniform wing-like flippers for the Plesiosaur’s ability to twist and produce a powerful downstroke to propel itself with force underwater. Tim Newcomb, Popular Mechanics, 21 June 2022 Instead, butterfly wings bend, which researchers suspected might cup air between them to strengthen their downstroke. Rachael Lallensack, Smithsonian Magazine, 29 Dec. 2021 The receiving partner leads on rocking with the upstroke and the penetrating partner leads on the downstroke. Dr. Nan Wise, Glamour, 19 Mar. 2021 In our hippogriff, the muscles of the back drive the upstroke, and the muscles of the chest power the downstroke, just as in living bats and long-extinct pterosaurs. Michael B. Habib, Scientific American, 17 Mar. 2021 The wing segments close during the following downstroke to create a more powerful downstream force; the smaller the bird robot makes itself, by contracting its wings, the less friction. Courtney Linder, Popular Mechanics, 9 July 2020 By observing smoke added to the wind, the researchers noticed the dragonflies twisted their wings on each downstroke. Anchorage Daily News, 20 July 2019 Whereas ordinary birds pull themselves aloft with just the downstroke of their wings, insects and hummers generate lift in both directions. Jonathon Keats, Discover Magazine, 21 June 2019 Press it once to power the bike on and make the motor ready to assist the next pedal downstroke. Thomas Ricker, The Verge, 6 Sep. 2018 See More

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First Known Use of downstroke

1551, in the meaning defined above

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23 Jun 2022

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“Downstroke.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Jun. 2022.

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