mis·​strike | \ ˈmis-ˌstrīk How to pronounce misstrike (audio) \
variants: or mis-strike
plural misstrikes or mis-strikes

Definition of misstrike

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a coin whose design is imperfect (as by being incomplete or off-center) because the coin was inaccurately struck when it was created Things to take into consideration include rarity …, distinct symbols and even errors made on the coin, like a misstrike, where the design is stamped off-center.— Josh Levine
2 : an instance of striking something wrongly or inaccurately When first-graders play glockenspiels, she removes the flat notes, so even a mis-strike doesn't sound bad.— Tracey Wong Briggs Now, that's not so bad on a typewriter, but on a word processor, a misstrike brings up things you don't want, while on a computer, it brings even more "stuff"—stuff you never heard of …— Mike Morton


mis·​strike | \ ˌmis-ˈstrīk How to pronounce misstrike (audio) \
variants: or mis-strike
misstruck\ ˌmis-​ˈstrək How to pronounce misstrike (audio) \ or mis-struck; misstriking or mis-striking

Definition of misstrike (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

: to strike (something) wrongly or inaccurately misstrike a key … one photo shows the long, heavy roof bolts … protruding from the roof, bent at 90-degree angles like cheap nails misstruck with a hammer.— Robert Gherke Jobe's tee shot landed in a bunker to the left of the green, and he mis-struck a sand shot that traveled only a few feet.— Gene Wang

First Known Use of misstrike


1869, in the meaning defined at sense 2


1901, in the meaning defined above

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“Misstrike.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/misstrike. Accessed 12 Aug. 2022.

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