Definitions of strike

  1. To make a quick blow or thrust; to hit; to dash against; to sound by percussion; to make an attack; to sound with blows; to be stranded; to dart; to lower a flag or colours in token of respect or surrender. To strike in, to enter suddenly; to disappear. To strike in with, to conform to. To strike out, to make a sudden excursion. To strike work, to quit work in a body or by combination in order to compel a rise of wages.
  2. To hit with force; inflict a blow upon; to give or deal; as, to strike a blow; dash against; collide with; as, the ship struck the rocks; lower or take down; as, the ship struck her colors; cause to sound; as, to strike a gong; produce by friction; as, to strike a match; coin or stamp with a die; affect suddenly and strongly; as, to be struck with pity; light upon; make, as a bargain.
  3. To give a blow to: to hit with force: 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: ( B.) to stroke.
  4. To give a blow to; to impress; indicate by sound; affect strongly; lower, as a flag or sail.
  5. To hit; smite.
  6. To stamp, as coins.
  7. To confirm, as a bargain.
  8. To expunge; followed by out.
  9. To haul down, as a flag.
  10. To quit or cease, as work.
  11. To deal a quick blow or thrust; make an attack; hit; collide; to run against a rock, etc., as a ship; sound as a result a blow, as a clock; to lower a flag or sail, as a sign of respect or submission; cease from work in order to secure better conditions.
  12. 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 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:- pa. t. struck; pa. p. struck ( obs. stricken).
  13. To give a blow; run aground; indicate the hour by sound of a bell; lower the flag; give up work to compel an increase of wages.
  14. find unexpectedly; " the archeologists chanced upon an old tomb"; " she struck a goldmine"; " The hikers finally struck the main path to the lake"
  15. hit against; come into sudden contact with; " The car hit a tree"; " He struck the table with his elbow"
  16. attain; " The horse finally struck a pace"
  17. 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"
  18. 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"
  19. 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"
  20. cause to form between electrodes of an arc lamp; " strike an arc"
  21. arrive at after reckoning, deliberating, and weighing; " strike a balance"; " strike a bargain"
  22. indicate ( a certain time) by striking; " The clock struck midnight"; " Just when I entered, the clock struck"
  23. 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"
  24. pierce with force; " The bullet struck her thigh"; " The icy wind struck through our coats"
  25. To come into sudden contact; deliver a blow; beat; sound the hour, as a clock.
  26. To come by accident; happen.
  27. To enter boldly; proceed.
  28. To cease work, as a means of securing some concession.
  29. To surrender.
  30. To touch or hit with some force; to give a blow to; to dash; to stamp; to coin; to thrust in; to punish; to cause to sound; to affect sensibly or strongly; to make and ratify; to affect suddenly; to lower, as to strike sail; to level a measure of grain, salt, or the like, by scraping off with a straight instrument what is above the level of the top; to ground. To strike up, to begin to sound; to begin to sing or play. To strike off, to erase from an account; to print; to separate by a blow. To strike out, to produce by collision; to erase; to contrive.
  31. To give a blow to; to hit with some force; to make an attack; to act upon in any way, as by a blow; to dash; to act on by beating against; to notify by sound; to sound, as a bell; to coin or mint; to lower or take down, as a sail or flag; to ratify, as a bargain; to alarm; to surprise; to affect suddenly in any particular manner; to refrain from work in a body, as workmen for the redress of some grievance, or for the increase of wages.
  32. Striking.
  33. a pitch that is in the strike zone and that the batter does not hit; " this pitcher throws more strikes than balls"
  34. a score in tenpins: knocking down all ten with the first ball; " he finished with three strikes in the tenth frame"
  35. an attack that is intended to seize or inflict damage on or destroy an objective; " the strike was scheduled to begin at dawn"
  36. 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"
  37. 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"
  38. 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"
  39. produce by ignition or a blow; " strike fire from the flintstone"; " strike a match"
  40. drive something violently into a location; " he hit his fist on the table"; " she struck her head on the low ceiling"
  41. A sudden finding of rich ore in mining; hence, any sudden success or good fortune, esp. financial.
  42. Act of leveling all the pins with the first bowl; also, the score thus made. Sometimes called double spare.
  43. Any actual or constructive striking at the pitched ball, three of which, if the ball is not hit fairly, cause the batter to be put out; hence, any of various acts or events which are ruled as equivalent to such a striking, as failing to strike at a ball so pitched that the batter should have struck at it.
  44. Same as Ten- strike.
  45. 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.
  46. To come in collision with; to strike against; as, a bullet struck him; the wave struck the boat amidships; the ship struck a reef.
  47. To give, as a blow; to impel, as with a blow; to give a force to; to dash; to cast.
  48. To stamp or impress with a stroke; to coin; as, to strike coin from metal: to strike dollars at the mint.
  49. To thrust in; to cause to enter or penetrate; to set in the earth; as, a tree strikes its roots deep.
  50. To punish; to afflict; to smite.
  51. 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.
  52. 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.
  53. 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.
  54. 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.
  55. To cause or produce by a stroke, or suddenly, as by a stroke; as, to strike a light.
  56. To cause to ignite; as, to strike a match.
  57. To make and ratify; as, to strike a bargain.
  58. To take forcibly or fraudulently; as, to strike money.
  59. 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.
  60. To cut off, as a mortar joint, even with the face of the wall, or inward at a slight angle.
  61. To hit upon, or light upon, suddenly; as, my eye struck a strange word; they soon struck the trail.
  62. To lade into a cooler, as a liquor.
  63. To stroke or pass lightly; to wave.
  64. To advance; to cause to go forward; -- used only in past participle.
  65. To move; to advance; to proceed; to take a course; as, to strike into the fields.
  66. To deliver a quick blow or thrust; to give blows.
  67. To hit; to collide; to dush; to clash; as, a hammer strikes against the bell of a clock.
  68. To sound by percussion, with blows, or as with blows; to be struck; as, the clock strikes.
  69. To make an attack; to aim a blow.
  70. To touch; to act by appulse.
  71. To run upon a rock or bank; to be stranded; as, the ship struck in the night.
  72. To pass with a quick or strong effect; to dart; to penetrate.
  73. To break forth; to commence suddenly; -- with into; as, to strike into reputation; to strike into a run.
  74. To lower a flag, or colors, in token of respect, or to signify a surrender of a ship to an enemy.
  75. To quit work in order to compel an increase, or prevent a reduction, of wages.
  76. To become attached to something; -- said of the spat of oysters.
  77. To steal money.
  78. The act of striking.
  79. 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.
  80. A bushel; four pecks.
  81. An old measure of four bushels.
  82. Fullness of measure; hence, excellence of quality.
  83. An iron pale or standard in a gate or fence.
  84. 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.
  85. A puddler's stirrer.
  86. 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.
  87. The extortion of money, or the attempt to extort money, by threat of injury; blackmailing.
  88. A stopping of work in order to secure higher wages, shorter hours, etc.; an unexpected success; as, a lucky strike in mining.
  89. STRIKER.
  90. Act of striking for higher wages; direction of rock strata.
  91. An act of striking; a blow.
  92. The quitting of work by a body of laborers to enforce some concession.
  93. An instrument with a straight edge for levelling a measure of grain, salt, & c., by scraping off what is above the level of the top; a strickle; the act of workmen combining in a refusal to work till the employer concedes a demand for higher wages; the direction of the outcrop of a stratum.
  94. A measure; a flat piece of wood for levelling grain heaped in the measure; a cessation from work for higher wages, or on account of some grievance, by workmen; in geol., the direction or line of outcrop of any stratum, which is always at right angles to its dip.
  95. Struck.
  96. Struck, stricken.