Definition of return stroke in English:

return stroke


  • 1A movement in which a piston or other reciprocating part returns to a previous position.

  • 2An act of striking back; a blow given in return for one received.

  • 3Meteorology. The principal discharge in a lightning stroke, occurring after the leader stroke reaches the ground or an object, and carrying the main current upwards from the ground or object to the cloud.


Early 19th century; earliest use found in The Repertory of Arts. From return + stroke.


return stroke

/rɪˈtəːn ˌstrəʊk/