strike

verb
\ ˈstrīk How to pronounce strike (audio) \
struck\ ˈstrək How to pronounce struck (audio) \; struck also stricken\ ˈstri-​kən How to pronounce stricken (audio) \; striking\ ˈstrī-​kiŋ How to pronounce striking (audio) \

Definition of strike

 (Entry 1 of 2)

intransitive verb

1 : to take a course : go struck off through the brush
2a : to aim and usually deliver a blow, stroke, or thrust (as with the hand, a weapon, or a tool)
b : to arrive with detrimental effect disaster struck
c : to attempt to undermine or harm something as if by a blow struck at … cherished notions— R. P. Warren
3 : to come into contact forcefully two ships struck in mid channel
4 : to delete something
5 : to lower a flag usually in surrender
6a : to become indicated by a clock, bell, or chime the hour had just struck
b : to make known the time by sounding the clock struck as they entered
7 : pierce, penetrate the wind seemed to strike through our clothes
8a : to engage in battle
b : to make a military attack
9 : to become ignited the match struck
10 : to discover something struck on a new plan of attack
11a : to pull on a fishing rod in order to set the hook
b of a fish : to seize the bait
12 : dart, shoot
13a of a plant cutting : to take root
b of a seed : germinate
14 : to make an impression
15 : to stop work in order to force an employer to comply with demands
16 : to make a beginning the need to strike vigorously for success
17 : to thrust oneself forward he struck into the midst of the argument
18 : to work diligently : strive

transitive verb

1a : to strike at : hit
b : to drive or remove by or as if by a blow
c : to attack or seize with a sharp blow (as of fangs or claws) struck by a snake
d : inflict strike a blow
e : to produce by or as if by a blow or stroke Moses struck water from the rock
f : to separate by a sharp blow strike off flints
2a : to haul down : lower strike the sails
b : to dismantle and take away strike the set
c : to strike the tents of (a camp)
3 : to afflict suddenly stricken by a heart attack
4a : to engage in (a battle) : fight
b : to make a military attack on
5 : delete, cancel strike the last paragraph
6a : to penetrate painfully : pierce
b : to cause to penetrate strike the needle
c : to send down or out trees struck roots deep into the soil
7a : to level (something, such as a measure of grain) by scraping off what is above the rim
b : to smooth or form (something, such as a mold) with a tool
8 : to indicate by sounding the clock struck one
9a(1) : to bring into forceful contact struck his head on the doorjamb
(2) : to shake (hands) in confirming an agreement
(3) : to thrust suddenly
b : to come into contact or collision with the car struck the tree
c of light : to fall on
d of a sound : to become audible to
10a : to affect with a mental or emotional state or a strong emotion struck with horror at the sight
b : to affect a person with (a strong emotion) words that struck fear in the listeners
c : to cause to become by or as if by a sudden blow struck him dead
11a : to produce by stamping strike a coin
b(1) : to produce (something, such as fire) by or as if by striking
(2) : to cause to ignite by friction strike a match
12 : to make and ratify the terms of strike a bargain
13a : to play or produce by hitting or plucking keys or strings struck a series of chords on the piano
b : to produce as if by playing an instrument his voice struck a note of concern
14a : to hook (a fish) by a sharp pull on the line
b of a fish : to snatch at (a bait)
15a : to occur to the answer struck me suddenly
b : to appear to especially as a revelation or as remarkable : impress it struck the crowd as insensitive
16 : bewitch
17 : to arrive at by or as if by computation strike a balance
18a : to come to : attain
b : to come upon : discover strike gold
19 : to engage in a strike against (an employer)
20 : take on, assume strike a pose
21a : to place (a plant cutting) in a medium for growth and rooting
b : to so propagate (a plant)
22 : to make one's way along will strike the southern coast
23 : to cause (an arc) to form (as between electrodes of an arc lamp)
24 of an insect : to oviposit on or in
strike it rich
: to become rich usually suddenly

strike

noun

Definition of strike (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : a tool for smoothing a surface (as of a mold)
2 : an act or instance of striking
3a : a work stoppage by a body of workers to enforce compliance with demands made on an employer
b : a temporary stoppage of activities in protest against an act or condition
4 : the direction of the line of intersection of a horizontal plane with an uptilted geological stratum
5a : a pull on a fishing rod to strike a fish
b : a pull on a line by a fish in striking
6 : a stroke of good luck especially : a discovery of a valuable mineral deposit
7a : a pitched ball that is in the strike zone or is swung at and is not hit fair
b : a perfectly thrown ball or pass
9 : an act or instance of knocking down all the bowling pins with the first bowl
10 : establishment of roots and plant growth
11 : cutaneous myiasis (as of sheep)
12a : a military attack especially : an air attack on a single objective
b : a group of airplanes taking part in such an attack

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Synonyms for strike

Synonyms: Verb

walk, walk out

Synonyms: Noun

walkout

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Verb

affect, influence, touch, impress, strike, sway mean to produce or have an effect upon. affect implies the action of a stimulus that can produce a response or reaction. the sight affected her to tears influence implies a force that brings about a change (as in nature or behavior). our beliefs are influenced by our upbringing touch may carry a vivid suggestion of close contact and may connote stirring, arousing, or harming. plants touched by frost his emotions were touched by her distress impress stresses the depth and persistence of the effect. only one of the plans impressed him strike, similar to but weaker than impress, may convey the notion of sudden sharp perception or appreciation. struck by the solemnity of the occasion sway implies the acting of influences that are not resisted or are irresistible, with resulting change in character or course of action. politicians who are swayed by popular opinion

Examples of strike in a Sentence

Verb

The ship struck an iceberg. The car struck the tree. The bullet struck him in the leg. The cyclist was struck by a car. The tree was struck by lightning. He fell and his head struck the pavement. I could hear the rain striking the rooftop. She struck the cymbals together. The killer struck him with a blunt object. She accidentally struck another player in the face.

Noun

a strike by airline pilots The workers are on strike. Workers threatened to take strike action. The allies have launched several strikes.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

The new jet has experienced its share of bird strikes: in 2017 two storks hit an Israeli Air Force F-35 while a F-35A belonging to the U.S. Air Force struck a bird at Eglin Air Force Base in Florida in 2018. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "The F-35 Runs Into Another Expensive Problem: Birds," 15 May 2019 Textiles, specialty paint finishes, and wall coverings are just some of the ways in which Adler struck a balance with the bold pops. Lucia Tonelli, ELLE Decor, "Inside an Unconventionally Glam Family Home in Chicago’s Historic Palmolive Building," 30 Apr. 2019 The wicked character’s grin is enough to strike terror in anyone’s heart. Gabe Bergado, Teen Vogue, "Shahadi Wright Joseph Opens Up About a Possible "Us" Sequel, Impressing Her Parents, and Perfecting an Evil Doppelganger," 1 Apr. 2019 Grow a backbone, trust your gut, and know when to strike back. Tamara Fuentes, Seventeen, "8 Celeb Feuds that Will Never, Ever Go Away," 6 Mar. 2019 Going in for a midnight smooch, Teigen seemed to misjudge the height of Leslie Jones' umbrella, and was consequently struck in the face. Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, "Chrissy Teigen Saw in 2019 by Bashing into an Umbrella on Live TV," 1 Jan. 2019 When Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria struck the US in rapid succession in the fall of 2017, the storms and their aftermaths killed thousands of people and caused an estimated $265 billion in damage. Rachel Becker, The Verge, "How humans are transforming the hurricanes of the future," 14 Nov. 2018 Weymouth police officers who responded to the scene returned fire, striking Lopes in his leg and knee. Katherine Lam, Fox News, "Massachusetts police officer killed after attacked with rock, shot with own gun, officials say," 2 Oct. 2018 One example is the outbreak that struck 145 people in Disneyland in 2015. Carolyn L. Todd, SELF, "Passengers on 4 Southwest Flights Possibly Exposed to Measles," 11 Sep. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The subs ensure that no matter how successful a strike against U.S. nuclear forces on land hundreds of missiles will remain ready at sea, capable of striking back and avenging a surprise attack. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "The U.S. Officially Begins Building Its New Missile Submarine," 29 May 2019 His long-range strike sealed a 1-0 against Leicester in City’s next-to-last league game, setting the team up to retain the title for the first time. Steve Douglas, The Seattle Times, "Kompany leaving Man City after 11 trophy-filled seasons," 19 May 2019 Her school strikes helped spark a massive, global day of action in March. Lucy Diavolo, Teen Vogue, "AOC Wants You to Call Your Parents About Climate Change After Study Finds Children Can Impact Adults' Views," 8 May 2019 The head of the transit union representing New York City’s subway and bus workers has raised the prospect of a labor strike as the Metropolitan Transportation Authority seeks to combat overtime abuse. Paul Berger, WSJ, "As MTA Scrutinizes Worker Overtime, Union Raises Specter of Transit Strike," 14 May 2019 Munir El Haddadi, Pablo Sarabia and Franco Vazquez scored as Sevilla went 3-1 ahead but a superb strike from a free kick by Cristian Tello with eight minutes remaining kept the result in doubt until the final whistle. Joseph Wilson, The Seattle Times, "Messi rests for Man United as Barca draws 0-0 at Huesca," 13 Apr. 2019 The Navy needed an aircraft that could serve as a carrier strike group’s frontline of defense—closing with inbound bombers at high speed and engaging them from long-enough distances to keep their carriers safely out of harm’s way. Alex Hollings, Popular Mechanics, "Why the F-14 Tomcat Is Such a Badass Plane," 3 May 2019 Pat Hoberg, who was at second base to start the game, called balls and strikes after Knight left the game. Joe Reedy, The Seattle Times, "Ex-Dodger Grandal leads Brewers to 8-5 win over Los Angeles," 13 Apr. 2019 Photo Illustration: Laura Kammermann MOSCOW—A top Russian state television broadcaster held out the possibility of a nuclear exchange with the U.S., boasting that the Kremlin could retaliate with strikes on the Pentagon and Camp David. Thomas Grove, WSJ, "Russia Names U.S. Targets of Nuclear Retaliation," 25 Feb. 2019

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First Known Use of strike

Verb

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense 1

Noun

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for strike

Verb

Middle English, from Old English strīcan to stroke, go; akin to Old High German strīhhan to stroke, Latin stringere to touch lightly, striga, stria furrow

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strike

verb

English Language Learners Definition of strike

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: to hit (someone or something) in a forceful way
: to cause (something) to hit something in a forceful way
: to hit (someone or something) with your hand, a weapon, etc.

strike

noun

English Language Learners Definition of strike (Entry 2 of 2)

: a period of time when workers stop work in order to force an employer to agree to their demands
: a military attack
: the act of hitting something with force

strike

verb
\ ˈstrīk How to pronounce strike (audio) \
struck\ ˈstrək \; struck also stricken\ ˈstri-​kən \; striking\ ˈstrī-​kiŋ \

Kids Definition of strike

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : to touch, hit, or affect with force He struck the horse with a whip. The tree was struck by lightning.
2 : to come into contact or collision with The ship struck a rock.
3 : to attack or seize suddenly The snake struck.
4 : go sense 1, proceed They struck off into the woods.
5 : to lower, take down, or take apart Let's strike camp.
6 : to make known by sounding : cause to sound The clock struck one.
7 : to affect usually suddenly She was stricken with a high fever.
8 : to produce by or as if by a blow We'll strike fear into the enemy.
9 : to happen with damaging force or effect The storm struck the island.
10 : to cause to ignite by scratching I struck a match.
11 : to agree on the arrangements of We struck a deal.
12 : to make an impression on The idea struck me as funny.
13 : to come to mind The answer struck me suddenly.
14 : to produce on a musical instrument Strike up a tune.
15 : to remove or cancel with or as if with the stroke of a pen Strike that name from the list.
16 : to come upon : discover Miners struck gold.
17 : to take on : assume She struck a relaxed pose.
18 : to stop work in order to force an employer to meet demands regarding conditions of work
19 : to produce by stamping The mint is striking a new coin.
strike out
: to be out in baseball by getting three strikes during a turn at bat
strike up
: to cause to begin We struck up a conversation.

strike

noun

Kids Definition of strike (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : an act or instance of striking a lightning strike the strike of the clock
2 : a stopping of work by workers to force an employer to agree to demands
3 : an unhelpful or undesirable characteristic : disadvantage Their poor attendance was a strike against them.
4 : a baseball pitch that is not hit fair or that passes through a certain area over home plate ( strike zone ) without being hit and that counts against the batter
5 : the knocking down of all the pins with the first ball in bowling
6 : a discovery of a valuable mineral deposit an oil strike
7 : a military attack The army launched a strike against the enemy.

strike

noun
\ ˈstrīk How to pronounce strike (audio) \

Medical Definition of strike

: cutaneous myiasis (as of sheep) body strike blowfly strike

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strike

verb
struck; struck also stricken; striking

Legal Definition of strike

 (Entry 1 of 2)

intransitive verb

1 : to remove or delete something
2 : to stop work in order to force an employer to comply with demands

transitive verb

1 : to remove or delete from a legal document and especially from the record of a trial it struck that part of [the] injunctionNational Law Journal
2 : to remove (a prospective juror) from a venire
3 : to engage in a strike against (an employer)

strike

noun

Legal Definition of strike (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : the removal of a potential juror from a venire — compare challenge
2 : a concerted work stoppage, interruption, or slowdown by a body of workers to enforce compliance with demands made on an employer — see also rent strike, Labor Management Relations Act — compare job action
economic strike
: a strike that is brought against an employer because of a dispute regarding economic benefits or conditions (as wages)

Note: Workers engaged in an economic strike can legally be replaced permanently. No-strike clauses in collective bargaining agreements have been held to bar only economic strikes and not strikes protesting an unfair labor practice.

general strike
: a simultaneous strike by all unionized workers of all trades and industries
jurisdictional strike
: a strike that is called against an employer as a result of a dispute with another union as to the right to perform particular work
organizational strike
: recognition strike in this entry
primary strike
: a strike by workers against their employer with whom they have a dispute
recognition strike
: a strike by workers against their employer seeking to force the employer to recognize the union as their collective bargaining agent

called also organizational strike

secondary strike
: sympathy strike in this entry
sit-down strike
: a strike during which employees remain in and occupy the employer's premises as a protest and means of forcing compliance with demands

Note: This form of strike has been illegal according to both statute and case law since the early 1940s.

sympathy strike
: a strike by workers not involved in a labor dispute in support of other striking employees or unions

called also secondary strike

wildcat strike
: a strike by workers that is not authorized by the union

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