What does strike mean?

Definitions for strike

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word strike.

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"


  1. Strike(n.)

    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.

  2. Strike(n.)

    (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.


  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

  45. Origin: [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.]


  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.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Strike

    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

  1. strike

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

Military Dictionary and Gazetteer

  1. strike

    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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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

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of strike in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of strike in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

Examples of strike in a Sentence

  1. Robert E. Lee, last words, 12 October 1870.:

    Strike the tent.

  2. Tommy Fleetwood:

    I didn't mis-strike a shot at all.

  3. New York Mets:

    We’re going to strike people out.

  4. Marius Croucamp:

    It could be a consequence of the strike.

  5. Tamas Varga:

    The Kuwaiti strike is supporting prices.

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