Definitions for strike
This dictionary definitions page includes all the possible meanings, example usage and translations of the word strike.
strike, work stoppagenoun
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"
an attack that is intended to seize or inflict damage on or destroy an objective
"the strike was scheduled to begin at dawn"
rap, strike, tapnoun
a gentle blow
a score in tenpins: knocking down all ten with the first ball
"he finished with three strikes in the tenth frame"
(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"
hit, smash, smasher, strike, bangverb
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"
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"
affect, impress, move, strikeverb
have an emotional or cognitive impact upon
"This child impressed me as unusually mature"; "This behavior struck me as odd"
hit, strike, impinge on, run into, collide withverb
hit against; come into sudden contact with
"The car hit a tree"; "He struck the table with his elbow"
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"
indicate (a certain time) by striking
"The clock struck midnight"; "Just when I entered, the clock struck"
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"
strike, walk outverb
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"
fall, shine, strikeverb
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"
come to, strikeverb
"The horse finally struck a pace"
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"
cause to form (an electric arc) between electrodes of an arc lamp
"strike an arc"
fall upon, strike, come upon, light upon, chance upon, come across, chance on, happen upon, attain, discoververb
"the archeologists chanced upon an old tomb"; "she struck a goldmine"; "The hikers finally struck the main path to the lake"
produce by ignition or a blow
"strike fire from the flintstone"; "strike a match"
strike, scratch, expunge, exciseverb
remove by erasing or crossing out or as if by drawing a line
"Please strike this remark from the record"; "scratch that remark"
hit, strike, come toverb
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"
drive something violently into a location
"he hit his fist on the table"; "she struck her head on the low ceiling"
assume, take, strike, take upverb
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"
mint, coin, strikeverb
form by stamping, punching, or printing
"strike coins"; "strike a medal"
smooth with a strickle
"strickle the grain in the measure"
pierce with force
"The bullet struck her thigh"; "The icy wind struck through our coats"
arrive at after reckoning, deliberating, and weighing
"strike a balance"; "strike a bargain"
The act of quitting work; specifically, such an act by a body of workmen, usually organized by a labor union, done as a means of enforcing compliance with demands made on their employer.
(Bowling, U. S.) The act of leveling all the pins with the first bowl; also, the score thus made. Sometimes called double spare. Throwing a strike entitles the player to add to the score for that frame the total number of pins knocked down in the next two bowls.
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
the act of knocking down all ten pins in on the first roll of a frame
a work stoppage (or otherwise concerted stoppage of an activity) as a form of protest
a blow or application of physical force against something
In an option contract, the price at which the holder buys or sells if they choose to exercise the option.
An old English measure of corn equal to the bushel.
the status of being the batsman that the bowler is bowling at
the primary face of a hammer, opposite the peen
To delete or cross out; to scratch or eliminate.
Please strike the last sentence.
Strike the door sharply with your foot and see if it comes loose.
To carry out a violent or illegal action.
The bank robber struck on the 2nd and 5th of May.
To occur suddenly.
Tragedy struck when his brother was killed in a bush fire.
To stop working to achieve better working conditions.
The workers struck for a week before the new contract went through.
To impress, seem or appear (to).
Golf has always struck me as a waste of time.
To manufacture, as by stamping.
We will strike a medal in your honour
To take down, especially in the following contexts:
Of a clock, to announce (an hour of the day), usually by one or more sounds.
The clock struck one.
To score a goal.
Etymology: From strican, from strīkanan. Cognate with Dutch strijken, German streichen and streiken, Icelandic strýkja, strýkva.
Samuel Johnson's Dictionary
A bushel; a dry measure of capacity.
Wing, cartnave and bushel, peck, strike ready at hand. Thomas Tusser, Husbandry.
preter. I struck or strook; part. pass. struck, strucken, stricken.
Etymology: astrican , Saxon; streichen, German; adstrykia, Islandick; stricker, Danish.
He at Philippi kept
His sword e’en like a dancer, while I struck
The lean and wrinkled Cassius. William Shakespeare, Ant. and Cleopat.
We will deliver you the cause,
Why I, that did love Cæsar when I struck him,
Proceeded thus. William Shakespeare, Julius Cæsar.
But wail his fall, whom I myself struck down. William Shakespeare, Macb.
The blood strike on the two side-posts. Ex. xii. 7.
The Windsor bell hath struck twelve. William Shakespeare.
A judicious friend moderates the pursuit, gives the signal for action, presses the advantage, and strikes the critical minute. Jeremy Collier, of Friendship.
The memory in some men is very tenacious; but yet there seems to be a constant decay of all our ideas, even of those which are struck deepest, and in minds the most retentive. John Locke.
To punish the just is not good, nor to strike princes for equity. Prov. xvii. 26.
How many nobles then would hold their places,
That must strike sail to spirits of vile sort! William Shakespeare, H. IV.
To this all differing passions and interests should strike sail, and like swelling streams, running different courses, should yet all make haste into the sea of common safety. William Temple.
They strike sail where they know they shall be mastered, and murder where they can with safety. Dryden.
Now, did I not so near my labours end,
Strike sail, and hast’ning to the harbour tend,
My song to flow’ry gardens might extend. Dryden.
The rest, struck with horror stood,
To see their leader cover’d o’er with blood. Edmund Waller.
Jack Straw at London-stone, with all his rout,
Struck not the city with so loud a shout. Dryden.
His virtues render our assembly awful,
They strike with something like religious fear. Joseph Addison, Cato.
Did’st thou but view him right, should’st see him black
With murder, treason, sacrilege, and crimes
That strike my soul with horror but to name them. Addison.
We are no sooner presented to any one we never saw before, but we are immediately struck with the idea of a proud, a reserved, an affable or a good natured man. Addison.
Nice works of art strike and surprise us most upon the first view; but the better we are acquainted with them, the less we wonder. Francis Atterbury.
Court virtues bear, like gems, the highest rate,
Born where heav’n’s influence scarce can penetrate;
In life’s low vale, the soil the virtues like,
They please as beauties, here as wonders strike. Alexander Pope.
Sign but his peace, he vows he’ll ne’er again
The sacred names of fops and beaus profane:
Strike up the bargain quickly; for I swear,
As times go now, he offers very fair. Dryden.
I come to offer peace; to reconcile
Past enmities; to strike perpetual leagues
With Vanoc. Ambrose Philips, Briton.
The court paved, striketh up a great heat in summer, and much cold in winter. Francis Bacon.
Waving wide her myrtle wand,
She strikes an universal peace through sea and land. John Milton.
Take my caduceus!
With this the infernal ghosts I can command,
And strike a terror through the Stygian strand. Dryden.
When verses cannot be understood, nor a man’s good wit seconded with the forward child understanding; it strikes a man more dead than a great reckoning in a little room. William Shakespeare.
Strike her young bones,
Ye taking airs, with lameness. William Shakespeare.
He that is stricken blind cannot forget
The precious treasure of his eye-sight lost. William Shakespeare.
So ceas’d the rival crew, when Purcell came,
They sung no more, or only sung his fame;
Struck dumb, they all admir’d. Dryden.
Humility disarms envy, and strikes it dead. Collier.
Then do not strike him dead with a denial,
But hold him up in life. Joseph Addison, Cato.
The drums presently striking up a march, they plucked up their ensigns, and forward they go. Richard Knolles.
Strike up the drums, and let the tongue of war
Plead for our int’rest, and our being here. William Shakespeare.
Some very rare coins struck of a pound weight, of gold and silver, Constantine sent to Chilperick. Arbuthnot.
Is wise and virtuous, and his noble queen
Well struck in years; fair and not jealous. William Shakespeare.
Deliver Helen, and all damage else
Shall be struck off. William Shakespeare, Troilus and Cressida.
I have this while with leaden thoughts been prest;
But I shall in a more convenient time
Strike off this score of absence. William Shakespeare, Othello.
Ask mens opinions: Scoto now shall tell
How trade encreases, and the world goes well:
Strike off his pension by the setting sun,
And Britain, if not Europe, is undone. Alexander Pope.
Germany had stricken off that which appeared corrupt in the doctrine of the church of Rome; but seemed nevertheless in discipline still to retain therewith great conformity. Richard Hooker.
They followed so fast that they overtook him, and without further delay struck off his head. Richard Knolles.
He was taken prisoner by Surinas, lieutenant-general for the king of Parthia, who stroke off his head. George Hakewill.
A mass of water would be quite struck off and separate from the rest, and tost through the air like a flying river. Thomas Burnet, Theory of the Earth.
My thoughtless youth was wing’d with vain desires;
My manhood long misled by wand’ring fires,
Follow’d false lights; and when their glimpse was gone,
My pride struck out new sparkles of her own. Dryden.
By expurgatory animadversions, we might strike out great numbers of hidden qualities, and having once a conceded list, with more safety attempt their reasons. Brown.
To methodize is as necessary as to strike out. Alexander Pope.
Whether thy hand strike out some free design,
Where life awakes and dawns at ev’ry line,
Or blend in beauteous tints the colour’d mass,
And from the canvass call the mimick face. Alexander Pope.
I in mine own woe charm’d,
Could not find death, where I did hear him groan;
Nor feel him where he struck. William Shakespeare, Cymbeline.
It pleased the king
To Strike at me upon his misconstruction;
When he tript me behind. William Shakespeare, King Lear.
He wither’d all their strength before he strook. Dryden.
Holding a ring by a thread in a glass, tell him that holdeth it, it shall strike so many times against the side of the glass, and no more. Francis Bacon, Natural History.
Bid thy mistress when my drink is ready,
She strike upon the bell. William Shakespeare, Macbeth.
Those antique minstrels, sure, were Charles-like kings,
Cities their lutes, and subjects hearts their strings;
On which with so divine a hand they strook,
Consent of motion from their breath they took. Edmund Waller.
Cæsar, ’tis strucken eight. William Shakespeare.
Deep thoughts will often suspend the senses so far, that about a man clocks may strike and bells ring, which he takes no notice of. Nehemiah Grew.
Is not the king’s name forty thousand names?
Arm, arm, my name; a puny subject strikes
At thy great glory. William Shakespeare, Richard II.
When by their designing leaders taught
To strike at power, which for themselves they sought:
The vulgar gull’d into rebellion arm’d,
Their blood to action by their prize was warm’d. Dryden.
Consider the red and white colours in porphyre; hinder light but from striking on it, and its colours vanish. John Locke.
Whilst any trump did sound, or drum struck up,
His sword did ne’er leave striking in the field. William Shakespeare.
The admiral galley wherein the emperor was, struck upon a sand, and there stuck fast. Richard Knolles.
Now and then a glittering beam of wit or passion strikes through the obscurity of the poem: any of these effect a present liking, but not a lasting admiration. Dryden.
We see the wind sit sore upon our sails;
And yet we strike not, but securely perish. William Shakespeare.
I’d rather chop this hand off at a blow,
And with the other fling it at thy face,
Than bear so low a sail, to strike to thee. William Shakespeare.
The interest of our kingdom is ready to strike to that of your poorest fishing towns: it is hard you will not accept our services. Jonathan Swift.
It struck on a sudden into such reputation, that it scorns any longer to sculk, but owns itself publickly. Gov. of the Tongue.
Those who by the prerogative of their age, should frown youth into sobriety, imitate and strike in with them, and are really vitious that they may be thought young. South.
They catch at every shadow of relief, strike in at a venture with the next companion, and so the dead commodity be taken off, care not who be the chapman. John Norris.
The cares or pleasures of the world strike in with every thought. Addison.
He immediately struck in with them, but described this march to the temple with so much horrour, that he shivered every joint. Joseph Addison, Freeholder.
In this plain was the last general rendezvous of mankind; and from thence they were broken into companies and dispersed, the several successive generations, like the waves of the sea over-reaching one another, and striking out farther and farther upon the land. Thomas Burnet, Theory of the Earth.
When a great man strikes out into a sudden irregularity, he needs not question the respect of a retinue. Jeremy Collier, of Popularity.
A strike is a work stoppage caused by the mass refusal of employees to work. It is usually undertaken as a form of protest to bring attention to specific demands or grievances and to pressure employers into meeting these demands. Strikes are typically organized by labor unions and can occur in a variety of industries. The term can also refer to the act of hitting or making contact with force or impact, such as in sports or combat.
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
to come in collision with; to strike against; as, a bullet struck him; the wave struck the boat amidships; the ship struck a reef
to give, as a blow; to impel, as with a blow; to give a force to; to dash; to cast
to stamp or impress with a stroke; to coin; as, to strike coin from metal: to strike dollars at the mint
to thrust in; to cause to enter or penetrate; to set in the earth; as, a tree strikes its roots deep
to punish; to afflict; to smite
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
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
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
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
to cause or produce by a stroke, or suddenly, as by a stroke; as, to strike a light
to cause to ignite; as, to strike a match
to make and ratify; as, to strike a bargain
to take forcibly or fraudulently; as, to strike money
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
to cut off, as a mortar joint, even with the face of the wall, or inward at a slight angle
to hit upon, or light upon, suddenly; as, my eye struck a strange word; they soon struck the trail
to borrow money of; to make a demand upon; as, he struck a friend for five dollars
to lade into a cooler, as a liquor
to stroke or pass lightly; to wave
to advance; to cause to go forward; -- used only in past participle
to move; to advance; to proceed; to take a course; as, to strike into the fields
to deliver a quick blow or thrust; to give blows
to hit; to collide; to dush; to clash; as, a hammer strikes against the bell of a clock
to sound by percussion, with blows, or as with blows; to be struck; as, the clock strikes
to make an attack; to aim a blow
to touch; to act by appulse
to run upon a rock or bank; to be stranded; as, the ship struck in the night
to pass with a quick or strong effect; to dart; to penetrate
to break forth; to commence suddenly; -- with into; as, to strike into reputation; to strike into a run
to lower a flag, or colors, in token of respect, or to signify a surrender of a ship to an enemy
to quit work in order to compel an increase, or prevent a reduction, of wages
to become attached to something; -- said of the spat of oysters
to steal money
the act of striking
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
a bushel; four pecks
an old measure of four bushels
fullness of measure; hence, excellence of quality
an iron pale or standard in a gate or fence
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
a puddler's stirrer
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
the extortion of money, or the attempt to extort money, by threat of injury; blackmailing
Etymology: [OE. striken to strike, proceed, flow, AS. strcan to go, proceed, akin to D. strijken to rub, stroke, strike, to move, go, G. streichen, OHG. strhhan, L. stringere to touch lightly, to graze, to strip off (but perhaps not to L. stringere in sense to draw tight), striga a row, a furrow. Cf. Streak, Stroke.]
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.
Chambers 20th Century Dictionary
strīk, v.t. to give a blow to: to hit with force, to smite: to pierce: to dash: to stamp: to coin: to thrust in: to cause to sound: to let down, as a sail: to ground upon, as a ship: to punish: to affect strongly: to affect suddenly with alarm or surprise: to make a compact or agreement, to ratify: to take down and remove: to erase (with out, off): to come upon unexpectedly: to occur to: to appear to: to assume: to hook a fish by a quick turn of the wrist: (slang) to steal: (B.) to stroke.—v.i. to give a quick blow: to hit: to dash: to sound by being struck: to touch: to run aground: to pass with a quick effect: to dart: to take root: to lower the flag in token of respect or surrender: to give up work in order to secure higher wages or the redress of some grievance: (U.S.) to do menial work for an officer: to become saturated with salt: to run, or fade in colour:—pa.t. struck; pa.p. struck (obs. strick′en).—n. act of striking for higher wages: (geol.) the direction of the outcrop of a stratum—the line which it makes when it appears at the surface of the earth, always being at right angles to the dip of the bend: (U.S.) any dishonest attempt to extort money by bringing in a bill in the hope of being bought off by those interested: full measure, esp. of malt: the whole coinage made at one time: an imperfect matrix for type: the metal plate into which a door-latch strikes as the door closes: the crystalline appearance of hard soaps.—ns. Strike′-pay, an allowance paid by a trades-union to men on strike; Strīk′er, one who, or that which, strikes: a green-hand on shipboard.—adj. Strīk′ing, affecting: surprising: forcible: impressive: exact.—adv. Strīk′ingly.—n. Strīk′ingness, quality of being striking, or of affecting or surprising.—Strike a balance, to bring out the relative state of a debtor and creditor account; Strike a tent, to take it down; Strike down, to prostrate by a blow or by illness; Strike for, to start suddenly for; Strike from, to remove with a stroke; Strike hands (B.), to become surety for any one; Strike home, to strike right to the point aimed at; Strike in, to enter suddenly: to interpose; Strike into, to enter upon suddenly, to break into; Strike off, to erase from an account, to deduct: to print: to separate by a blow; Strike oil, to find petroleum when boring for it: to make a lucky hit; Strike out, to efface: to bring into light: to direct one's course boldly outwards: to strike from the shoulder: to form by sudden effort; Strike sail, to take in sail: to stop; Strike up, to begin to beat, sing, or play; Strike work, to cease work. [A.S. strícan; Ger. streichen, to move, to strike.]
Dictionary of Military and Associated Terms
An attack to damage or destroy an objective or a capability.
Military Dictionary and Gazetteer
This word is variously used in military phraseology; as, to strike a tent, is to loosen the cords of a tent which has been regularly pitched, and to have it ready, in a few minutes, to throw upon a baggage-wagon. To strike terror into an enemy, is to cause alarm and apprehension in him; to make him dread the effects of superior skill and valor. To strike a blow, to make some decisive effort.
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Surnames Frequency by Census Records
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Strike is ranked #32935 in terms of the most common surnames in America.
The Strike surname appeared 696 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 0 would have the surname Strike.
93.6% or 652 total occurrences were White.
2.1% or 15 total occurrences were American Indian or Alaskan Native.
1.2% or 9 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.
1.1% or 8 total occurrences were Asian.
0.8% or 6 total occurrences were Black.
0.8% or 6 total occurrences were of two or more races.
British National Corpus
Spoken Corpus Frequency
Rank popularity for the word 'strike' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #2704
Written Corpus Frequency
Rank popularity for the word 'strike' in Written Corpus Frequency: #2110
Rank popularity for the word 'strike' in Nouns Frequency: #923
Rank popularity for the word 'strike' in Verbs Frequency: #284
The numerical value of strike in Chaldean Numerology is: 8
The numerical value of strike in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1
There is no right to strike against the public safety by anybody, anywhere, any time.
They want peace, they talk of humanity. If you strike them with stones, they don't strike back. They try to reach you with flowers, so, if you want to sow fear and stifle progressive thought, they are easy to pick on.
He is winding the watch of his wit by and by it will strike.
We are constantly striving to ensure that as few (passengers) as possible are affected by the strike, but it's not possible to predict how the situation will develop, unfortunately, some departures have been affected by the strike today.
When you strike at a king, you must kill him.
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