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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

strike*straɪk(v.)struck; struck; strick•en; strik•ing

  1. (v.t.)to deal a blow to, as with the fist, a weapon, or a hammer; hit.

  2. to inflict; deliver:

    struck a blow.

  3. to drive so as to cause impact:

    to strike the hands together.

  4. to thrust forcibly:

    struck a pike into the earth.

  5. to produce by percussion or friction:

    to strike sparks.

  6. to cause (a match) to ignite by friction.

  7. to come into forcible contact or collision with:

    The ship struck a rock.

  8. to reach or fall upon, as light or sound.

  9. to enter the mind of:

    A happy thought struck him.

  10. to arrest the faculty of:

    That painting struck my eye.

  11. to impress strongly:

    strikes one's fancy.

  12. to impress in a particular manner:

    How does it strike you?

  13. to happen upon; find:

    struck oil.

  14. to send down or put forth (a root), as a plant.

  15. to arrive at; achieve:

    to strike a compromise.

  16. to take apart; pull down:

    to strike a tent.

  17. to remove from the stage:

    to strike a set.

    Category: Showbiz

  18. to lower:

    to strike a sail.

    Category: Nautical, Navy

  19. (of a fish) to snatch at (bait).

    Category: Sport

  20. to make level with a strickle.

  21. to cancel; cross out:

    to strike a passage from a speech.

  22. to stamp:

    to strike a medal.

    Category: Numismatics

  23. to separate by or as if by a blow:

    struck chips from a log.

  24. to mark by or as if by chimes:

    The clock struck 12.

    Category: Horology

  25. to afflict suddenly:

    stricken with fever.

  26. to overwhelm emotionally:

    struck with awe.

  27. to cause to become a certain way:

    struck me dumb.

  28. to implant; induce:

    to strike fear into someone.

  29. to move suddenly into:

    The horse struck a gallop.

  30. to assume the formal character of:

    struck a pose.

  31. to conclude; confirm:

    struck a bargain.

  32. to reach in due course:

    We struck Rome by noon.

  33. to go on strike against (an employer).

  34. (v.i.)to deal a blow or stroke.

    Category: Common Vocabulary

  35. to make an attack, esp. a planned military assault.

    Category: Common Vocabulary, Military

  36. to knock; rap.

  37. to come into forcible contact; collide.

  38. to run aground.

  39. to make an impression.

  40. to come suddenly:

    struck on a new way of doing it.

  41. to sound by percussion:

    The clock strikes.

  42. to be indicated by or as if by such percussion:

    The hour has struck.

  43. to ignite by friction.

  44. to take root, as a slip of a plant.

  45. to make one's way:

    They struck for the woods.

  46. to go on strike against an employer.

  47. to lower the flag or colors, esp. in salute or surrender.

    Category: Nautical, Navy

  48. (of fish) to take bait.

  49. strike out, to put out or be put out by a strikeout in baseball. to fail. to erase; cross out. to set forth; venture forth.

    Category: Verb Phrase, Common Vocabulary

  50. strike up, to begin: to bring into being:

    struck up a tune.

    to strike up an acquaintance.

    Category: Verb Phrase

  51. (n.)an act or instance of striking.

  52. a group work stoppage to compel an employer to accede to workers' demands or to protest an employer's conditions.

  53. a temporary stoppage of something in protest.

    Category: Common Vocabulary

  54. a baseball pitch that is either swung at and missed, in the strike zone but not swung at, or hit into foul territory with less than two strikes against the batter.

    Category: Sport

  55. the knocking down of all the bowling pins with the first bowl. the score so made.

    Category: Sport

    Ref: Compare spare (def. 18) 22 .

  56. the discovery of a rich mineral deposit.

    Category: Mining

  57. a planned attack, esp. by military aircraft.

  58. the striking mechanism of a timepiece.

    Category: Horology

  59. a sharp jerk made on a fishing line to set the hook in the fish's mouth. a pull on the line by a fish taking bait.

    Category: Sport

  60. a quantity of coins struck at one time.

    Category: Numismatics

  61. the direction of the line formed by the intersection of each intervening surface of a bed or stratum of sedimentary rock with a horizontal plane. the direction or trend of a structural feature, as an anticlinal axis.

    Category: Geology

Idioms for strike:

  1. have two strikes against one,to be at a critical disadvantage:

    Without a job or a bank account, I'll have two strikes against me.

    Category: Idiom

  2. on strike, engaged in a group work stoppage.

    Category: Idiom, Common Vocabulary

  3. strike a blow for,to further the cause of.

    Category: Idiom

  4. strike home, to deal an effective blow. to have the intended effect.

    Category: Idiom

  5. strike it rich, to have sudden or unexpected success.

    Category: Idiom

* Syn: See beat.

Origin of strike:

bef. 1000; (v.) ME; OE strīcan to stroke, make level, c. OHG strīhhan; akin to streak , stroke1

Princeton's WordNet

  1. strike, work stoppage(noun)

    a group's refusal to work in protest against low pay or bad work conditions

    "the strike lasted more than a month before it was settled"

  2. strike(noun)

    an attack that is intended to seize or inflict damage on or destroy an objective

    "the strike was scheduled to begin at dawn"

  3. rap, strike, tap(noun)

    a gentle blow

  4. strike, ten-strike(noun)

    a score in tenpins: knocking down all ten with the first ball

    "he finished with three strikes in the tenth frame"

  5. strike(noun)

    (baseball) a pitch that the batter swings at and misses, or that the batter hits into foul territory, or that the batter does not swing at but the umpire judges to be in the area over home plate and between the batter's knees and shoulders

    "this pitcher throws more strikes than balls"

  6. hit, smash, smasher, strike, bang(verb)

    a conspicuous success

    "that song was his first hit and marked the beginning of his career"; "that new Broadway show is a real smasher"; "the party went with a bang"

  7. strike(verb)

    deliver a sharp blow, as with the hand, fist, or weapon

    "The teacher struck the child"; "the opponent refused to strike"; "The boxer struck the attacker dead"

  8. affect, impress, move, strike(verb)

    have an emotional or cognitive impact upon

    "This child impressed me as unusually mature"; "This behavior struck me as odd"

  9. hit, strike, impinge on, run into, collide with(verb)

    hit against; come into sudden contact with

    "The car hit a tree"; "He struck the table with his elbow"

  10. strike, hit(verb)

    make a strategic, offensive, assault against an enemy, opponent, or a target

    "The Germans struck Poland on Sept. 1, 1939"; "We must strike the enemy's oil fields"; "in the fifth inning, the Giants struck, sending three runners home to win the game 5 to 2"

  11. strike(verb)

    indicate (a certain time) by striking

    "The clock struck midnight"; "Just when I entered, the clock struck"

  12. hit, strike(verb)

    affect or afflict suddenly, usually adversely

    "We were hit by really bad weather"; "He was stricken with cancer when he was still a teenager"; "The earthquake struck at midnight"

  13. strike, walk out(verb)

    stop work in order to press demands

    "The auto workers are striking for higher wages"; "The employees walked out when their demand for better benefits was not met"

  14. fall, shine, strike(verb)

    touch or seem as if touching visually or audibly

    "Light fell on her face"; "The sun shone on the fields"; "The light struck the golden necklace"; "A strange sound struck my ears"

  15. come to, strike(verb)


    "The horse finally struck a pace"

  16. strike, hit(verb)

    produce by manipulating keys or strings of musical instruments, also metaphorically

    "The pianist strikes a middle C"; "strike `z' on the keyboard"; "her comments struck a sour note"

  17. strike(verb)

    cause to form (an electric arc) between electrodes of an arc lamp

    "strike an arc"

  18. fall upon, strike, come upon, light upon, chance upon, come across, chance on, happen upon, attain, discover(verb)

    find unexpectedly

    "the archeologists chanced upon an old tomb"; "she struck a goldmine"; "The hikers finally struck the main path to the lake"

  19. strike(verb)

    produce by ignition or a blow

    "strike fire from the flintstone"; "strike a match"

  20. strike, scratch, expunge, excise(verb)

    remove by erasing or crossing out or as if by drawing a line

    "Please strike this remark from the record"; "scratch that remark"

  21. hit, strike, come to(verb)

    cause to experience suddenly

    "Panic struck me"; "An interesting idea hit her"; "A thought came to me"; "The thought struck terror in our minds"; "They were struck with fear"

  22. hit, strike(verb)

    drive something violently into a location

    "he hit his fist on the table"; "she struck her head on the low ceiling"

  23. assume, take, strike, take up(verb)

    occupy or take on

    "He assumes the lotus position"; "She took her seat on the stage"; "We took our seats in the orchestra"; "She took up her position behind the tree"; "strike a pose"

  24. mint, coin, strike(verb)

    form by stamping, punching, or printing

    "strike coins"; "strike a medal"

  25. strickle, strike(verb)

    smooth with a strickle

    "strickle the grain in the measure"

  26. strike(verb)

    pierce with force

    "The bullet struck her thigh"; "The icy wind struck through our coats"

  27. strike(verb)

    arrive at after reckoning, deliberating, and weighing

    "strike a balance"; "strike a bargain"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. strike(verb)ɪk

    to hit sb or sth with force

    the storm that struck the southern part of the state; a woman who was struck by a car

  2. strikeɪk

    to hit sb or sth with your hand or an object

    She struck him across the face.

  3. strikeɪk

    to happen, with damaging results

    the day tragedy/disaster struck; The disease mostly strikes young children.

  4. strikeɪk

    (of an idea or thought) to enter your mind suddenly

    Then an idea struck me.

  5. strikeɪk

    sb suddenly thinks sth

    It struck me that Josh might be able to help us.

  6. strikeɪk

    (of employees) to stop working to force management to provide better pay, working conditions, etc.

    steel workers striking for better health benefits

  7. strikeɪk

    to attack or kill

    a killer who only strikes at night

  8. strikeɪk

    to scrape a match against sth to produce a flame

    He struck a match.

  9. strikeɪk

    to mark the time by making a sound

    The clock struck three.; Did the church clock just strike?

  10. strikeɪk

    to admire or be impressed by

    I was struck with how mature she seemed.

  11. strikeɪk

    to achieve an equal or fair amount of each of two opposing sides, ideas, etc.

    a show that strikes a balance between humor and drama

  12. strikeɪk

    to agree on sth that is acceptable to two or more people

    The management and union struck a deal last night.

  13. strikeɪk

    to begin a conversation or friendship

    She struck up a conversation with another student.

  14. strike(noun)ɪk

    a situation in which employees strike

    a three-week strike for better pay; The union is threatening to go on strike.

  15. strikeɪk

    a military attack

    an air strike on an enemy position

  16. strikeɪk

    sth that negatively affects your reputation or record

    His failure to finish was considered one strike against him.


  1. strike(Noun)

    a status resulting from a batter swinging and missing a pitch, or not swinging at a pitch in the strike zone, or hitting a foul ball that is not caught

  2. strike(Noun)

    the act of knocking down all ten pins in on the first roll of a frame

  3. strike(Noun)

    a work stoppage (or otherwise concerted stoppage of an activity) as a form of protest

  4. strike(Noun)

    a blow or application of physical force against something

  5. strike(Noun)

    In an option contract, the price at which the holder buys or sells if they choose to exercise the option.

  6. strike(Noun)

    An old English measure of corn equal to the bushel.

  7. strike(Noun)

    the status of being the batsman that the bowler is bowling at

  8. strike(Noun)

    the primary face of a hammer, opposite the peen

  9. strike(Verb)

    To delete or cross out; to scratch or eliminate.

    Please strike the last sentence.

  10. strike(Verb)

    To hit.

    Strike the door sharply with your foot and see if it comes loose.

  11. strike(Verb)

    To carry out a violent or illegal action.

    The bank robber struck on the 2nd and 5th of May.

  12. strike(Verb)

    To occur suddenly.

    Tragedy struck when his brother was killed in a bush fire.

  13. strike(Verb)

    To stop working to achieve better working conditions.

    The workers struck for a week before the new contract went through.

  14. strike(Verb)

    To impress, seem or appear (to).

    Golf has always struck me as a waste of time.

  15. strike(Verb)

    To manufacture, as by stamping.

    We will strike a medal in your honour

  16. strike(Verb)

    To take down, especially in the following contexts:

  17. strike(Verb)

    Of a clock, to announce (an hour of the day), usually by one or more sounds.

    The clock struck one.

  18. strike(Verb)

    To score a goal.

  19. Origin: From strican, from strīkanan. Cognate with Dutch strijken, German streichen and streiken, Icelandic strýkja, strýkva.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Strike(verb)

    to touch or hit with some force, either with the hand or with an instrument; to smite; to give a blow to, either with the hand or with any instrument or missile

  2. Strike(verb)

    to come in collision with; to strike against; as, a bullet struck him; the wave struck the boat amidships; the ship struck a reef

  3. Strike(verb)

    to give, as a blow; to impel, as with a blow; to give a force to; to dash; to cast

  4. Strike(verb)

    to stamp or impress with a stroke; to coin; as, to strike coin from metal: to strike dollars at the mint

  5. Strike(verb)

    to thrust in; to cause to enter or penetrate; to set in the earth; as, a tree strikes its roots deep

  6. Strike(verb)

    to punish; to afflict; to smite

  7. Strike(verb)

    to cause to sound by one or more beats; to indicate or notify by audible strokes; as, the clock strikes twelve; the drums strike up a march

  8. Strike(verb)

    to lower; to let or take down; to remove; as, to strike sail; to strike a flag or an ensign, as in token of surrender; to strike a yard or a topmast in a gale; to strike a tent; to strike the centering of an arch

  9. Strike(verb)

    to make a sudden impression upon, as by a blow; to affect sensibly with some strong emotion; as, to strike the mind, with surprise; to strike one with wonder, alarm, dread, or horror

  10. Strike(verb)

    to affect in some particular manner by a sudden impression or impulse; as, the plan proposed strikes me favorably; to strike one dead or blind

  11. Strike(verb)

    to cause or produce by a stroke, or suddenly, as by a stroke; as, to strike a light

  12. Strike(verb)

    to cause to ignite; as, to strike a match

  13. Strike(verb)

    to make and ratify; as, to strike a bargain

  14. Strike(verb)

    to take forcibly or fraudulently; as, to strike money

  15. Strike(verb)

    to level, as a measure of grain, salt, or the like, by scraping off with a straight instrument what is above the level of the top

  16. Strike(verb)

    to cut off, as a mortar joint, even with the face of the wall, or inward at a slight angle

  17. Strike(verb)

    to hit upon, or light upon, suddenly; as, my eye struck a strange word; they soon struck the trail

  18. Strike(verb)

    to borrow money of; to make a demand upon; as, he struck a friend for five dollars

  19. Strike(verb)

    to lade into a cooler, as a liquor

  20. Strike(verb)

    to stroke or pass lightly; to wave

  21. Strike(verb)

    to advance; to cause to go forward; -- used only in past participle

  22. Strike(verb)

    to move; to advance; to proceed; to take a course; as, to strike into the fields

  23. Strike(verb)

    to deliver a quick blow or thrust; to give blows

  24. Strike(verb)

    to hit; to collide; to dush; to clash; as, a hammer strikes against the bell of a clock

  25. Strike(verb)

    to sound by percussion, with blows, or as with blows; to be struck; as, the clock strikes

  26. Strike(verb)

    to make an attack; to aim a blow

  27. Strike(verb)

    to touch; to act by appulse

  28. Strike(verb)

    to run upon a rock or bank; to be stranded; as, the ship struck in the night

  29. Strike(verb)

    to pass with a quick or strong effect; to dart; to penetrate

  30. Strike(verb)

    to break forth; to commence suddenly; -- with into; as, to strike into reputation; to strike into a run

  31. Strike(verb)

    to lower a flag, or colors, in token of respect, or to signify a surrender of a ship to an enemy

  32. Strike(verb)

    to quit work in order to compel an increase, or prevent a reduction, of wages

  33. Strike(verb)

    to become attached to something; -- said of the spat of oysters

  34. Strike(verb)

    to steal money

  35. Strike(noun)

    the act of striking

  36. Strike(noun)

    an instrument with a straight edge for leveling a measure of grain, salt, and the like, scraping off what is above the level of the top; a strickle

  37. Strike(noun)

    a bushel; four pecks

  38. Strike(noun)

    an old measure of four bushels

  39. Strike(noun)

    fullness of measure; hence, excellence of quality

  40. Strike(noun)

    an iron pale or standard in a gate or fence

  41. Strike(noun)

    the act of quitting work; specifically, such an act by a body of workmen, done as a means of enforcing compliance with demands made on their employer

  42. Strike(noun)

    a puddler's stirrer

  43. Strike(noun)

    the horizontal direction of the outcropping edges of tilted rocks; or, the direction of a horizontal line supposed to be drawn on the surface of a tilted stratum. It is at right angles to the dip

  44. Strike(noun)

    the extortion of money, or the attempt to extort money, by threat of injury; blackmailing


  1. Strike

    A strike is a directed physical attack with either an inanimate object or with a part of the human body intended to cause blunt trauma or penetrating trauma upon an opponent. There are many different varieties of strikes. An attack with the hand closed into a fist is called a punch; an attack with the leg or foot is referred to as a kick; and an attack with the head is called a headbutt. There are also other variations employed in martial arts and combat sports.

Dictionary of Military and Associated Terms

  1. strike

    An attack to damage or destroy an objective or a capability.

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'strike' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #2704

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'strike' in Written Corpus Frequency: #2110

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'strike' in Nouns Frequency: #923

  4. Verbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'strike' in Verbs Frequency: #284

Anagrams of strike

  1. trikes

Translations for strike

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an act of striking

a miners' strike.

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