Definitions for: Strike


[n] a conspicuous success; "that song was his first hit and marked the beginning of his career"; "that new Broadway show is a real smasher"
[n] a pitch that is in the strike zone and that the batter does not hit; "this pitcher throws more strikes than balls"
[n] a score in tenpins: knocking down all ten with the first ball; "he finished with three strikes in the tenth frame"
[n] an attack that is intended to seize or inflict damage on or destroy an objective; "the strike was scheduled to begin at dawn"
[n] 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"
[n] a gentle blow
[v] cause to form between electrodes of an arc lamp; "strike an arc"
[v] arrive at after reckoning, deliberating, and weighing; "strike a balance"; "strike a bargain"
[v] indicate (a certain time) by striking; "The clock struck midnight"; "Just when I entered, the clock struck"
[v] 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"
[v] 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"
[v] 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"
[v] pierce with force; "The bullet struck her thigh"; "The icy wind struck through our coats"
[v] hit against; come into sudden contact with; "The car hit a tree"; "He struck the table with his elbow"
[v] smooth with a strickle; "strickle the grain in the measure"
[v] 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"
[v] remove by erasing or crossing out; "Please strike this remark from the record"
[v] form by stamping, punching, or printing; "strike coins"; "strike a medal"
[v] produce by ignition or a blow; "strike fire from the flintstone"; "strike a match"
[v] have an emotional or cognitive impact upon; "This child impressed me as unusually mature"; "This behavior struck me as odd"
[v] occupy or take on, as of a position or posture; "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"
[v] cause to experience suddenly; "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"
[v] find unexpectedly; "the archeologists chanced upon an old tomb"; "she struck a goldmine"; "The hikers finally struck the main path to the lake"
[v] 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"
[v] attain; "The horse finally struck a pace"
[v] 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"



Webster (1913) Definition: Strike, n.
1. A sudden finding of rich ore in mining; hence, any sudden
success or good fortune, esp. financial.

2. (Bowling, U. S.) Act of leveling all the pins with the
first bowl; also, the score thus made. Sometimes called
double spare.

3. (Baseball) Any actual or constructive striking at the
pitched ball, three of which, if the ball is not hit
fairly, cause the batter to be put out; hence, any of
various acts or events which are ruled as equivalent to
such a striking, as failing to strike at a ball so pitched
that the batter should have struck at it.

4. (Tenpins) Same as Ten-strike.


Strike, v. t. [imp. Struck; p. p. Struck,
Stricken(Stroock, Strucken, Obs.); p. pr. & vb. n.
Striking. Struck is more commonly used in the p. p. than
stricken.] [OE. striken to strike, proceed, flow, AS.
str[=i]can to go, proceed, akin to D. strijken to rub,
stroke, strike, to move, go, G. streichen, OHG. str[=i]hhan,
L. stringere to touch lightly, to graze, to strip off (but
perhaps not to L. stringere in sense to draw tight), striga a
row, a furrow. Cf. Streak, Stroke.]
1. 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.

2. To come in collision with; to strike against; as, a bullet
struck him; the wave struck the boat amidships; the ship
struck a reef.

3. 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.

4. To stamp or impress with a stroke; to coin; as, to strike
coin from metal: to strike dollars at the mint.

5. To thrust in; to cause to enter or penetrate; to set in
the earth; as, a tree strikes its roots deep.

6. To punish; to afflict; to smite.

To punish the just is not good, nor strike princes
for equity. --Prov. xvii.
26.

7. To cause to sound by one or more beats; to indicate or
notify by audible strokes; as, the clock strikes twelve;
the drums strike up a march.

8. To lower; to let or take down; to remove; as, to strike
sail; to strike a flag or an ensign, as in token of
surrender; to strike a yard or a topmast in a gale; to
strike a tent; to strike the centering of an arch.

9. To make a sudden impression upon, as by a blow; to affect
sensibly with some strong emotion; as, to strike the mind,
with surprise; to strike one 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.

10. To affect in some particular manner by a sudden
impression or impulse; as, the plan proposed strikes me
favorably; to strike one dead or blind.

How often has stricken you dumb with his irony!
--Landor.

11. To cause or produce by a stroke, or suddenly, as by a
stroke; as, to strike a light.

Waving wide her myrtle wand, She strikes a
universal peace through sea and land. --Milton.

12. To cause to ignite; as, to strike a match.

13. To make and ratify; as, to strike a bargain.

Note: Probably borrowed from the L. f[oe]dus ferrire, to
strike a compact, so called because an animal was
struck and killed as a sacrifice on such occasions.

14. To take forcibly or fraudulently; as, to strike money.
[Old Slang]

15. 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.

16. (Masonry) To cut off, as a mortar joint, even with the
face of the wall, or inward at a slight angle.

17. To hit upon, or light upon, suddenly; as, my eye struck a
strange word; they soon struck the trail.

18. To borrow money of; to make a demand upon; as, he struck
a friend for five dollars. [Slang]

19. To lade into a cooler, as a liquor. --B. Edwards.

20. 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.

21. To advance; to cause to go forward; -- used only in past
participle. ``Well struck in years.'' --Shak.

To strike an attitude, To strike a balance. See under
Attitude, and Balance.

To strike a jury (Law), to constitute a special jury
ordered by a court, by each party striking out a certain
number of names from a prepared list of jurors, so as to
reduce it to the number of persons required by law.
--Burrill.

To strike a lead.
(a) (Mining) To find a vein of ore.
(b) Fig.: To find a way to fortune. [Colloq.]

To strike a ledger, or an account, to balance it.

To strike hands with.
(a) To shake hands with. --Halliwell.
(b) To make a compact or agreement with; to agree with.


To strike off.
(a) To erase from an account; to deduct; as, to strike
off the interest of a debt.
(b) (Print.) To impress; to print; as, to strike off a
thousand copies of a book.


(c) To separate by a blow or any sudden action; as, to
strike off what is superfluous or corrupt.

To strike oil, to find petroleum when boring for it;
figuratively, to make a lucky hit financially. [Slang,
U.S.]

To strike one luck, to shake hands with one and wish good
luck. [Obs.] --Beau. & Fl.

To strike out.
(a) To produce by collision; to force out, as, to strike
out sparks with steel.
(b) To blot out; to efface; to erase. ``To methodize is
as necessary as to strike out.'' --Pope.
(c) To form by a quick effort; to devise; to invent; to
contrive, as, to strike out a new plan of finance.
(d) (Baseball) To cause a player to strike out; -- said
of the pitcher. See To strike out, under Strike,
v. i.

To strike sail. See under Sail.

To strike up.
(a) To cause to sound; to begin to beat. ``Strike up the
drums.'' --Shak.
(b) To begin to sing or play; as, to strike up a tune.
(c) To raise (as sheet metal), in making diahes, pans,
etc., by blows or pressure in a die.

To strike work, to quit work; to go on a strike.


Strike, v. i.
To move; to advance; to proceed; to take a course; as, to
strike into the fields.

A mouse . . . struck forth sternly [bodily]. --Piers
Plowman.

2. 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.

3. To hit; to collide; to dush; to clash; as, a hammer
strikes against the bell of a clock.

4. 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.

5. 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.

6. To touch; to act by appulse.

Hinder light but from striking on it [porphyry], and
its colors vanish. --Locke.

7. To run upon a rock or bank; to be stranded; as, the ship
struck in the night.

8. 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.

9. To break forth; to commence suddenly; -- with into; as, to
strike into reputation; to strike into a run.

10. 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.

11. To quit work in order to compel an increase, or prevent a
reduction, of wages.

12. To become attached to something; -- said of the spat of
oysters.

13. To steal money. [Old Slang, Eng.] --Nares.

To strike at, to aim a blow at.

To strike for, to start suddenly on a course for.

To strike home, to give a blow which reaches its object, to
strike with effect.

To strike in.
(a) To enter suddenly.
(b) To disappear from the surface, with internal effects,
as an eruptive disease.
(c) To come in suddenly; to interpose; to interrupt. ``I
proposed the embassy of Constantinople for Mr.
Henshaw, but my Lord Winchelsea struck in.''
--Evelyn.
(d) To join in after another has begun,as in singing.

To strike in with, to conform to; to suit itself to; to
side with, to join with at once. ``To assert this is to
strike in with the known enemies of God's grace.''
--South.

To strike out.
(a) To start; to wander; to make a sudden excursion; as,
to strike out into an irregular course of life.
(b) To strike with full force.
(c) (Baseball) To be put out for not hitting the ball
during one's turn at the bat.

To strike up, to commence to play as a musician; to begin
to sound, as an instrument. ``Whilst any trump did sound,
or drum struck up.'' --Shak.


Strike, n.
1. The act of striking.

2. 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.

3. A bushel; four pecks. [Prov. Eng.] --Tusser.

4. An old measure of four bushels. [Prov. Eng.]

5. Fullness of measure; hence, excellence of quality.

Three hogsheads of ale of the first strike. --Sir W.
Scott.

6. An iron pale or standard in a gate or fence. [Obs.]

7. 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.

8. (Iron Working) A puddler's stirrer.

9. (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.

10. The extortion of money, or the attempt to extort money,
by threat of injury; blackmailing.

Strike block (Carp.), a plane shorter than a jointer, used
for fitting a short joint. --Moxon.

Strike of flax, a handful that may be hackled at once.
[Obs. or Prov. Eng.] --Chaucer.

Strike of sugar. (Sugar Making)
(a) The act of emptying the teache, or last boiler, in
which the cane juice is exposed to heat, into the
coolers.
(b) The quantity of the sirup thus emptied at once.

Synonyms: affect, assume, attain, bang, chance on, chance upon, coin, collide with, come across, come to, come to, come upon, discover, excise, expunge, fall, fall upon, happen upon, hit, hit, hit, hit, impinge on, impress, light upon, mint, move, rap, run into, shine, smash, smasher, strickle, take, take up, tap, ten-strike, walk out, work stoppage

Antonyms: miss

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