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strike

play
verb \ ˈstrīk \
Updated on: 11 Sep 2017

Definition of strike

struck play \ˈstrək\; struck also stricken play \ˈstri-kən\; striking play \ˈstrī-kiŋ\
intransitive verb
1 :to take a course :go
  • struck off through the brush
2 a :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
6 a :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
8 a :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
11 a :to pull on a fishing rod in order to set the hook
b of a fish :to seize the bait
12 :dart, shoot
13 a 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
1 a :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
2 a :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
4 a :to engage in (a battle) :fight
b :to make a military attack on
5 :delete, cancel
  • strike the last paragraph
6 a :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
7 a :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
9 a (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
10 a :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
11 a :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
13 a :to play or produce by stroking 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
14 a :to hook (a fish) by a sharp pull on the line
b of a fish :to snatch at (a bait)
15 a :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
18 a :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
21 a :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

Examples of strike in a Sentence

  1. The ship struck an iceberg.

  2. The car struck the tree.

  3. The bullet struck him in the leg.

  4. The cyclist was struck by a car.

  5. The tree was struck by lightning.

  6. He fell and his head struck the pavement.

  7. I could hear the rain striking the rooftop.

  8. She struck the cymbals together.

  9. The killer struck him with a blunt object.

  10. She accidentally struck another player in the face.

Recent Examples of strike from the Web

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Origin and Etymology of strike

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

strike Synonyms

Synonyms
walk, walk out
Antonyms
assemble, construct
Related Words
sit in; lock out
Near Antonyms
bore, jade, pall, tire, weary; underwhelm

Synonym Discussion of strike

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

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strike

noun

Definition of strike

1 :a tool for smoothing a surface (as of a mold)
2 :an act or instance of striking
3 a :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
5 a :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
7 a :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)
12 a :a military attack; especially :an air attack on a single objective
b :a group of airplanes taking part in such an attack

Examples of strike in a Sentence

  1. a strike by airline pilots

  2. The workers are on strike.

  3. Workers threatened to take strike action.

  4. The allies have launched several strikes.

Recent Examples of strike from the Web

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First Known Use of strike

15th century


STRIKE Defined for English Language Learners

strike

play
verb

Definition of strike for English Language Learners

  • : 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

Definition of strike for English Language Learners

  • : 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 Defined for Kids

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strike

play
verb \ ˈstrīk \

Definition of strike for Students

struck \ˈstrək\; struck also stricken \ˈstri-kən\; striking \ˈstrī-kiŋ\
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 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.

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strike

noun

Definition of strike for Students

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.

Medical Dictionary

strike

play
noun \ ˈstrīk \

medical Definition of strike

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

Law Dictionary

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strike

verb

legal Definition of strike

struck; struck also stricken; striking
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] injunction
  • National Law Journal
2 :to remove (a prospective juror) from a venire
3 :to engage in a strike against (an employer)

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strike

noun

legal Definition of strike

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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