misstrike

noun
mis·strike | \ ˈmis-ˌstrīk \
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

misstrike

verb
mis·strike | \ ˌmis-ˈstrīk \
variants: or mis-strike
misstruck\ˌmis-ˈstrək \ 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

Noun

1869 , in the meaning defined at sense 2

Verb

1901, in the meaning defined above

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