strike

1 of 2

verb

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

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 notionsR. 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 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
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
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

2 of 2

noun

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 geologic 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
8
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
Phrases
strike it rich
: to become rich usually suddenly
Choose the Right Synonym for 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

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.
Recent Examples on the Web
Verb
After the garbage truck struck the toll booth — that Daley typically mans — the debris crashed into the booth and a nearby Chevrolet pickup truck. Charna Flam, Peoplemag, 17 Apr. 2024 In late March, the video game publisher struck a definitive agreement with Embracer Group to acquire The Gearbox Entertainment Co., the maker of the Borderlands franchise, for $460 million in stock. Caitlin Huston, The Hollywood Reporter, 17 Apr. 2024 Spitz said that in his expert medical opinion, Oswald fired three shots, and only two struck the president. Christina Hall, Detroit Free Press, 17 Apr. 2024 Its unique sibling bond and ability to confront family issues with humour, showcases a summer holiday that strikes straight to the heart. Naman Ramachandran, Variety, 16 Apr. 2024 Last week, thousands of Italians joined striking workers near the carmaker’s base in northern Italy. Albertina Torsoli, Fortune Europe, 16 Apr. 2024 That was a key issue in last year’s Hollywood writers and actors strikes — and is yet another facet of remix culture that, alongside copyright expirations, could change the faces of some of history’s most renowned characters in ways no one has ever considered. Andrew Dalton, Fortune, 16 Apr. 2024 According to Reid, however, Mahomes struck the right balance as a leader. Sean Gregory / Dallas, TIME, 16 Apr. 2024 The earthquake measured at least 4.8 magnitude and struck near Lebanon, New Jersey, at 10:23 a.m., about 45 miles west of New York City and 50 miles north of Philadelphia, according to USGS. Chris Pandolfo, Fox News, 5 Apr. 2024
Noun
The presence or absence of pier protections does not provide a clear indication of whether a bridge can withstand a vessel strike. Júlia Ledur, Washington Post, 18 Apr. 2024 Israel has accused Iran of attempting to obtain nuclear strike capability and has long pledged not to allow that to happen. John Bacon, USA TODAY, 18 Apr. 2024 Last weekend, tensions between Israel and Iran reached a new height when Iran launched an unprecedented attack on Israel in retaliation for a strike on an Iranian consulate in Syria. Michele Kelemen, NPR, 18 Apr. 2024 Eiland denied Israel miscalculated by not anticipating that Iran would launch a direct military strike involving more than a hundred ballistic missiles, and argued that by degrading the capabilities of Iran's proxies in the region, Israel was conducting self defense. Tom Soufi Burridge, ABC News, 18 Apr. 2024 More:More than 600 CNH Industrial workers have been on strike for 7 months. Ricardo Torres, Journal Sentinel, 17 Apr. 2024 None of those temporary layoffs have overshadowed the driving force behind VW workers signing cards on the UAW's website seeking to join the union: The UAW's big contract wins against the Detroit Three last fall followed a 46-day strike. Jamie L. Lareau, Detroit Free Press, 17 Apr. 2024 Sandworm also carried out a third blackout attack in 2022, this time in concert with a missile strike on the same area. Andy Greenberg, WIRED, 17 Apr. 2024 The readout, published by Iran, said that Raisi had also criticized the strike on the Iranian consular building in Damascus earlier this month, which killed two top commanders and five advisers to Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps. NBC News, 16 Apr. 2024

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Word History

Etymology

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

First Known Use

Verb

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

Noun

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of strike was before the 12th century

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Kids Definition

strike

1 of 2 verb
struck ˈstrək How to pronounce strike (audio) ; struck also stricken ˈstrik-ən How to pronounce strike (audio) ; striking ˈstrī-kiŋ How to pronounce strike (audio)
1
: to take a course : go
strike across the field
2
a
: to deliver a stroke or blow : hit
b
: to attack or seize especially with fangs or claws
struck by a snake
3
: to remove or cancel with or as if with a stroke of the pen
struck out a word in the text
4
: to lower, take down, or take apart
strike a flag
strike camp
5
a
: to indicate or become indicated by a clock, bell, or chime
the hour had just struck
b
: to indicate by sounding
the clock struck one
6
: to pierce or penetrate or to cause to pierce or penetrate
the wind seemed to strike through our clothes
7
: to make a military attack : fight
strike for freedom
8
: to seize the bait
a fish struck
9
: to take root or cause to take root : germinate
some plant cuttings strike quickly
10
: to stop work for the purpose of forcing an employer to meet demands
11
: to make a beginning : launch
the orchestra struck into another waltz
12
: to cause to suffer pain or distress suddenly
struck down at the height of her career
13
a
: to bring into forceful contact
struck my knee against the seat
b
: to come into contact or collision with
the car struck the tree
c
: to fall on
sunlight strikes your face
14
: to affect with a strong feeling
struck by its beauty
15
a
: to produce by stamping
strike a coin
b
: to cause to ignite by friction
strike a match
16
: to produce on a musical instrument by hitting or plucking strings
strike a chord on the piano
17
a
: to come to mind
the answer struck me suddenly
b
: to appear remarkable or make a strong impression on : impress
I was struck by its beauty
18
a
: to come to
strike the main road
b
: to come upon : discover
strike gold
19
: to take on : assume
strike a pose

strike

2 of 2 noun
1
: an act or instance of striking
2
a
: a stopping of work by a body of workers to force an employer to meet demands
b
: a temporary stopping of normal activities in protest against an act or condition
a hunger strike
3
: a pull on a line by a fish in striking
4
: a stroke of good luck
especially : a discovery of a valuable mineral deposit
5
: a baseball pitch that passes through the strike zone or that is swung at without being hit fair
6
: disadvantage entry 1 sense 2a, handicap
their poor attendance was a strike against them
7
: the knocking down of all the pins with the first ball in bowling
8
: a military attack

Medical Definition

strike

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

Legal Definition

strike

1 of 2 verb
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] injunctionNational Law Journal
2
: to remove (a prospective juror) from a venire
3
: to engage in a strike against (an employer)

strike

2 of 2 noun
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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