What is a stroke?
She was in the light of the fading moon and the graceful stroke of clouds passing over slowly lightening the horizon.
- Anonymous4 weeks ago
It was a stroke of genius!
- 4 weeks ago
It means they had an impact on the scenary that she was observing changing completely the atmosphere.
- busterwasmycatLv 71 month ago
a brief passing by, as in stroke of someone's hair or stroking the water to propel a canoe. Or the passing of a brush while painting, which is somewhat the metaphorical idea intended by the wording. it is a picturesque choice of words that is not exactly literal. the sky is like someone had painted it with wisps of passing clouds.
- foxprojoyLv 61 month ago
The "stroke" in this example indicates that the way the clouds were passing over were seen in a quick or flirting manner. It would be similar to say a dollop when cooking. You would add a dollop of cream to a sauce. It is not an exact measure, but means "just a little bit".
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- 1 month ago
Clouds don't lighten anything directly, they reflect or scatter light from another source. The stroke is referring to a paint brush stroke in a line.