strike Meaning, Definition & Usage
noun a group's refusal to work in protest against low pay or bad work conditions
- the strike lasted more than a month before it was settled
noun an attack that is intended to seize or inflict damage on or destroy an objective
- the strike was scheduled to begin at dawn
noun a gentle blow
noun a score in tenpins: knocking down all ten with the first ball
- he finished with three strikes in the tenth frame
noun (baseball) a pitch that the batter swings at and misses, or that the batter hits into foul territory, or that the batter does not swing at but the umpire judges to be in the area over home plate and between the batter's knees and shoulders
- this pitcher throws more strikes than balls
noun a conspicuous success
smash; bang; hit; smasher.
- that song was his first hit and marked the beginning of his career
- that new Broadway show is a real smasher
- the party went with a bang
verb deliver a sharp blow, as with the hand, fist, or weapon
- The teacher struck the child
- the opponent refused to strike
- The boxer struck the attacker dead
verb have an emotional or cognitive impact upon
affect; move; impress.
- This child impressed me as unusually mature
- This behavior struck me as odd
verb hit against; come into sudden contact with
run into; hit; collide with; impinge on.
- The car hit a tree
- He struck the table with his elbow
verb make a strategic, offensive, assault against an enemy, opponent, or a target
- The Germans struck Poland on Sept. 1, 1939
- We must strike the enemy's oil fields
- in the fifth inning, the Giants struck, sending three runners home to win the game 5 to 2
verb indicate (a certain time) by striking
- The clock struck midnight
- Just when I entered, the clock struck
verb affect or afflict suddenly, usually adversely
- We were hit by really bad weather
- He was stricken with cancer when he was still a teenager
- The earthquake struck at midnight
verb stop work in order to press demands
- The auto workers are striking for higher wages
- The employees walked out when their demand for better benefits was not met
verb touch or seem as if touching visually or audibly
- Light fell on her face
- The sun shone on the fields
- The light struck the golden necklace
- A strange sound struck my ears
- The horse finally struck a pace
verb produce by manipulating keys or strings of musical instruments, also metaphorically
- The pianist strikes a middle C
- strike `z' on the keyboard
- her comments struck a sour note
verb cause to form (an electric arc) between electrodes of an arc lamp
- strike an arc
verb find unexpectedly
happen upon; fall upon; attain; come upon; chance upon; discover; light upon; come across; chance on.
- the archeologists chanced upon an old tomb
- she struck a goldmine
- The hikers finally struck the main path to the lake
verb produce by ignition or a blow
- strike fire from the flintstone
- strike a match
verb remove by erasing or crossing out or as if by drawing a line
scratch; excise; expunge.
- Please strike this remark from the record
- scratch that remark
verb cause to experience suddenly
come to; hit.
- Panic struck me
- An interesting idea hit her
- A thought came to me
- The thought struck terror in our minds
- They were struck with fear
verb drive something violently into a location
- he hit his fist on the table
- she struck her head on the low ceiling
verb occupy or take on
assume; take up; take.
- He assumes the lotus position
- She took her seat on the stage
- We took our seats in the orchestra
- She took up her position behind the tree
- strike a pose
verb form by stamping, punching, or printing
- strike coins
- strike a medal
verb smooth with a strickle
- strickle the grain in the measure
verb pierce with force
- The bullet struck her thigh
- The icy wind struck through our coats
verb arrive at after reckoning, deliberating, and weighing
- strike a balance
- strike a bargain
Strike transitive verb
To touch or hit with some force, either with the hand or with an instrument; to smite; to give a blow to, either with the hand or with any instrument or missile.
He at Philippi kept His sword e'en like a dancer; while I struck The lean and wrinkled Cassius. Shak.
To come in collision with; to strike against; as, a bullet. struckhim; the wave struckthe boat amidships; the ship strucka reef
To give, as a blow; to impel, as with a blow; to give a force to; to dash; to cast.
They shall take of the blood, and strike it on the two sideposts. Ex. xii. 7.
Who would be free, themselves must strike the blow. Byron.
To stamp or impress with a stroke; to coin; as, to. strikecoin from metal: to strikedollars at the mint
To thrust in; to cause to enter or penetrate; to set in the earth; as, a tree. strikesits roots deep
To punish; to afflict; to smite.
To punish the just is not good, nor strike princes for equity. Prov. xvii. 26.
To cause to sound by one or more beats; to indicate or notify by audible strokes; as, the clock. strikestwelve; the drums strikeup a march
To lower; to let or take down; to remove; as, to. strikesail; to strikea flag or an ensign, as in token of surrender; to strikea yard or a topmast in a gale; to strikea tent; to strikethe centering of an arch
To make a sudden impression upon, as by a blow; to affect sensibly with some strong emotion; as, to. strikethe mind, with surprise; to strikeone with wonder, alarm, dread, or horror
Nice works of art strike and surprise us most on the first view. Atterbury.
They please as beauties, here as wonders strike. Pope.
To affect in some particular manner by a sudden impression or impulse; as, the plan proposed. strikesme favorably; to strikeone dead or blind
How often has stricken you dumb with his irony! Landor.
To cause or produce by a stroke, or suddenly, as by a stroke; as, to. strikea light
Waving wide her myrtle wand, She strikes a universal peace through sea and land. Milton.
To cause to ignite; as, to. strikea match
To make and ratify; as, to. strikea bargain ✍ Probably borrowed from the L. foedus ferrire, to strike a compact, so called because an animal was struck and killed as a sacrifice on such occasions.
To take forcibly or fraudulently;Old Slang as, to. strikemoney
To level, as a measure of grain, salt, or the like, by scraping off with a straight instrument what is above the level of the top.
(Masonry) To cut off, as a mortar joint, even with the face of the wall, or inward at a slight angle.
To hit upon, or light upon, suddenly; as, my eye. strucka strange word; they soon struckthe trail
To borrow money of; to make a demand upon;Slang as, he. strucka friend for five dollars
To lade into a cooler, as a liquor.B. Edwards.
To stroke or pass lightly; to wave.
Behold, I thought, He will . . . strike his hand over the place, and recover the leper. 2 Kings v. 11.
To advance; to cause to go forward; -- used only in past participle."Well struck in years." Shak.
Strike intransitive verb
To move; to advance; to proceed; to take a course; as, to. strikeinto the fields
A mouse . . . struck forth sternly [bodily]. Piers Plowman.
To deliver a quick blow or thrust; to give blows.
And fiercely took his trenchant blade in hand, With which he stroke so furious and so fell. Spenser.
Strike now, or else the iron cools. Shak.
To hit; to collide; to dush; to clash; as, a hammer. strikesagainst the bell of a clock
To sound by percussion, with blows, or as with blows; to be struck; as, the clock. strikes
A deep sound strikes like a rising knell. Byron.
To make an attack; to aim a blow.
A puny subject strikes At thy great glory. Shak.
Struck for throne, and striking found his doom. Tennyson.
To touch; to act by appulse.
Hinder light but from striking on it [porphyry], and its colors vanish. Locke.
To run upon a rock or bank; to be stranded; as, the ship. struckin the night
To pass with a quick or strong effect; to dart; to penetrate.
Till a dart strike through his liver. Prov. vii. 23.
Now and then a glittering beam of wit or passion strikes through the obscurity of the poem. Dryden.
To break forth; to commence suddenly; -- with into; as, to. strikeinto reputation; to strikeinto a run
To lower a flag, or colors, in token of respect, or to signify a surrender of a ship to an enemy.
That the English ships of war should not strike in the Danish seas. Bp. Burnet.
To quit work in order to compel an increase, or prevent a reduction, of wages.
To become attached to something; -- said of the spat of oysters.
To steal money.Old Slang, Eng. Nares.
The act of striking.
An instrument with a straight edge for leveling a measure of grain, salt, and the like, scraping off what is above the level of the top; a strickle.
A bushel; four pecks.Prov. Eng. Tusser.
An old measure of four bushels.Prov. Eng.
Fullness of measure; hence, excellence of quality.
Three hogsheads of ale of the first strike. Sir W. Scott.
An iron pale or standard in a gate or fence.Obs.
The act of quitting work; specifically, such an act by a body of workmen, done as a means of enforcing compliance with demands made on their employer.
Strikes are the insurrections of labor. F. A. Walker.
(Iron Working) A puddler's stirrer.
(Geol.) The horizontal direction of the outcropping edges of tilted rocks; or, the direction of a horizontal line supposed to be drawn on the surface of a tilted stratum. It is at right angles to the dip.
The extortion of money, or the attempt to extort money, by threat of injury; blackmailing.
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