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 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, "Drones Are Cool, But Robot Birds Are Better," 9 July 2020 By observing smoke added to the wind, the researchers noticed the dragonflies twisted their wings on each downstroke. Anchorage Daily News, "The dragonfly, Alaska’s state insect, is a nimble flying machine," 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, "The Origins of Flight, From Birds to Bugs to Planes," 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, "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

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'downstroke.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of downstroke

1551, in the meaning defined above

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about downstroke

Time Traveler for downstroke

Time Traveler

The first known use of downstroke was in 1551

See more words from the same year

Statistics for downstroke

Cite this Entry

“Downstroke.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 Mar. 2021.

Style: MLA
MLA Chicago APA Merriam-Webster

Comments on downstroke

What made you want to look up downstroke? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).


Test Your Vocabulary

Who Knew?

How Strong Is Your Vocabulary?

Test your vocabulary with our 10-question quiz!

Universal Daily Crossword

A daily challenge for crossword fanatics.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!