up·​stroke ˈəp-ˌstrōk How to pronounce upstroke (audio)
: a stroke (as of a pen) made in an upward direction

Examples of upstroke in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web One of them is the upstroke—almost picture a bassist, with their index and middle finger. Ryan Dombal, Pitchfork, 31 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 Apply in upstrokes from your ankles to your thighs for a bit of tingling and temporary tightening. Maddie Aberman, Women's Health, 27 June 2023 Perhaps more compellingly, its shoulder joint would have prevented it from lifting its wings far enough to carry out a full upstroke. Ed Yong, Discover Magazine, 13 May 2010 After the powerful downward flap, birds fold the wing slightly inwards during the upstroke. Ed Yong, Discover Magazine, 3 Mar. 2010 During the wing upstroke, the individual lamellae fan out so that air can flow through the wing. IEEE Spectrum, 20 Jan. 2023 Specifically, there’s a slight upstroke to his swing and good bat-to-ball skills that results in hard contact. Paul Hoynes, cleveland, 15 Jan. 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 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1828, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of upstroke was in 1828

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“Upstroke.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Oct. 2023.

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up·​stroke ˈəp-ˌstrōk How to pronounce upstroke (audio)
: an upward stroke (as of a pen)
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