strik·​er | \ ˈstrī-kər How to pronounce striker (audio) \

Definition of striker

1 : one that strikes: such as
a : a player in any of several games who is striking or attempting to strike a ball
b : the hammer of the striking mechanism of a clock or watch
c : a blacksmith's helper who swings the sledgehammer
d : a worker on strike
2 : a junior enlisted man in the U.S. Navy who has declared an occupational specialty
3 : a forward in soccer

Examples of striker in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web To deploy, unfold the gun, break open the barrel, load a round in the chamber, pull back the striker, and fire. Matthew Every, Outdoor Life, "Weird, Off-Beat, and Cool Guns and Gear from SHOT Show 2020," 11 Feb. 2020 This contingent of strikers pledged to forgo all food for the entirety of Super Bowl week. Kim Kelly, The New Republic, "The Airport Workers Who Starved Themselves in the Super Bowl’s Shadow," 6 Feb. 2020 The semi-autonomous city’s local medical union announced that 300 of the strikers are doctors and another 900 are nurses. Joel Gehrke, Washington Examiner, "Blocking the coronavirus: Hong Kong medical workers go on strike to demand closure of border with China," 3 Feb. 2020 When many departments refused to inform on their students, the administration gave departments a new assignment: report the number of strikers to the central administration. Walter Johnson, The New York Review of Books, "How Harvard Aims to Muzzle Unions," 27 Jan. 2020 Greta Thunberg, the 16-year-old climate striker and Teen Vogue Special Issue cover star, is spending some time in Washington, D.C., as part of her trip to the United States. Lucy Diavolo, Teen Vogue, "Greta Thunberg's D.C. Trip Has Included Meeting Barack Obama and Testifying Before Congress," 18 Sep. 2019 Midfielder Tyler Pasher leads the team with seven goals, while striker and Jamaican national team member Dane Kelly is the USL’s all-time leading goal scorer, and is tied with Thomas Enevoldsen for second in team scoring with four goals. Shawn Mcfarland,, "Everything you need to know about Hartford Athletic’s home opener at Dillon Stadium including parking and pregame festivities," 11 July 2019 No wonder the strikers harbor a deep-seated conviction that the government’s real aim is to dismantle the welfare state. Sylvain Cypel, The New York Review of Books, "Why Macron Refuses to Retire in France’s Pensions Battle," 17 Jan. 2020 As the holiday season ends and Parisians desperately need to get to work, the strikers are hoping that President Emmanuel Macron will surrender, like his predecessors. The Economist, "No surrender Emmanuel Macron should not give in to the strikers paralysing Paris," 11 Jan. 2020

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First Known Use of striker

1581, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Striker.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Feb. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of striker

: a worker who is on strike
: a forward in soccer

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