v. t.1.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.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.To give, as a blow; to impel, as with a blow; to give a force to; to dash; to cast.
They shall take of the blood, and strike it on the two sideposts.
- Ex. xii. 7.
Who would be free, themselves must strike the blow.
- Byron.
4.To stamp or impress with a stroke; to coin; as, to strike coin from metal: to strike dollars at the mint.
5.To thrust in; to cause to enter or penetrate; to set in the earth; as, a tree strikes its roots deep.
6.To punish; to afflict; to smite.
To punish the just is not good, nor strike princes for equity.
- Prov. xvii. 26.
7.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.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.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.
Nice works of art strike and surprise us most on the first view.
- Atterbury.
They please as beauties, here as wonders strike.
- Pope.
10.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.To cause or produce by a stroke, or suddenly, as by a stroke; as, to strike a light.
12.To cause to ignite; as, to strike a match.
13.To make and ratify; as, to strike a bargain.
14.To take forcibly or fraudulently; as, to strike money.
15.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.(Masonry) To cut off, as a mortar joint, even with the face of the wall, or inward at a slight angle.
17.To hit upon, or light upon, suddenly; as, my eye struck a strange word; they soon struck the trail.
18.To borrow money of; to make a demand upon; as, he struck a friend for five dollars.
19.To lade into a cooler, as a liquor.
20.To stroke or pass lightly; to wave.
Behold, I thought, He will . . . strike his hand over the place, and recover the leper.
- 2 Kings v. 11.
21.To advance; to cause to go forward; - used only in past participle.
To strike an attitude
See under Attitude, and Balance.
To strike a jury
(Law) to constitute a special jury ordered by a court, by each party striking out a certain number of names from a prepared list of jurors, so as to reduce it to the number of persons required by law.
To strike a lead
a - (Mining) To find a vein of ore.
- Burrill.
b - Fig.: To find a way to fortune.
To strike a ledger
to balance it.
To strike hands with
a - To shake hands with
b - To make a compact or agreement with; to agree with.
- Halliwell.
To strike off
a - To erase from an account; to deduct; as, to strike off the interest of a debt
b - (Print.) To impress; to print; as, to strike off a thousand copies of a book
c - To separate by a blow or any sudden action; as, to strike off what is superfluous or corrupt.
To strike oil
to find petroleum when boring for it; figuratively, to make a lucky hit financially.
To strike one luck
to shake hands with one and wish good luck.
To strike out
a - To produce by collision; to force out, as, to strike out sparks with steel.
- Beau. & Fl.
b - To blot out; to efface; to erase
c - To form by a quick effort; to devise; to invent; to contrive, as, to strike out a new plan of finance.
- Pope.
d - (Baseball) To cause a player to strike out; - said of the pitcher. See To strike out, under Strike, v. i.
To strike sail
See under Sail.
To strike up
a - To cause to sound; to begin to beat
b - To begin to sing or play; as, to strike up a tune.
- Shak.
c - To raise (as sheet metal), in making diahes, pans, etc., by blows or pressure in a die.
To strike work
to quit work; to go on a strike.
v. i.1.To move; to advance; to proceed; to take a course; as, to strike into the fields.
A mouse . . . struck forth sternly [bodily].
- Piers Plowman.
2.To deliver a quick blow or thrust; to give blows.
Strike now, or else the iron cools.
- Shak.
3.To hit; to collide; to dush; to clash; as, a hammer strikes against the bell of a clock.
4.To sound by percussion, with blows, or as with blows; to be struck; as, the clock strikes.
5.To make an attack; to aim a blow.
6.To touch; to act by appulse.
7.To run upon a rock or bank; to be stranded; as, the ship struck in the night.
8.To pass with a quick or strong effect; to dart; to penetrate.
Till a dart strike through his liver.
- Prov. vii. 23.
9.To break forth; to commence suddenly; - with into; as, to strike into reputation; to strike into a run.
10.To lower a flag, or colors, in token of respect, or to signify a surrender of a ship to an enemy.
That the English ships of war should not strike in the Danish seas.
- Bp. Burnet.
11.To quit work in order to compel an increase, or prevent a reduction, of wages.
12.To become attached to something; - said of the spat of oysters.
13.To steal money.
To strike at
to aim a blow at.
To strike for
to start suddenly on a course for.
To strike home
to give a blow which reaches its object, to strike with effect.
To strike in
a - To enter suddenly
b - To disappear from the surface, with internal effects, as an eruptive disease
c - To come in suddenly; to interpose; to interrupt
d - To join in after another has begun,as in singing.
- Evelyn.
To strike in with
to conform to; to suit itself to; to side with, to join with at once.
To strike out
a - To start; to wander; to make a sudden excursion; as, to strike out into an irregular course of life.
- South.
b - To strike with full force
c - (Baseball) To be put out for not hitting the ball during one's turn at the bat.
To strike up
to commence to play as a musician; to begin to sound, as an instrument.
- Shak.
n.1.The act of striking.
2.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.
3.A bushel; four pecks.
4.An old measure of four bushels.
5.Fullness of measure; hence, excellence of quality.
Three hogsheads of ale of the first strike.
- Sir W. Scott.
6.An iron pale or standard in a gate or fence.
7.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.
Strikes are the insurrections of labor.
- F. A. Walker.
8.(Iron Working) A puddler's stirrer.
9.(Geol.) 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.
10.The extortion of money, or the attempt to extort money, by threat of injury; blackmailing.
11.A sudden finding of rich ore in mining; hence, any sudden success or good fortune, esp. financial.
12.(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.
13.(Baseball) 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.
14.(Tenpins) Same as Ten-strike.
Strike block
(Carp.) a plane shorter than a jointer, used for fitting a short joint.
Strike of flax
a handful that may be hackled at once.
- Moxon.
Strike of sugar
a - (Sugar Making) The act of emptying the teache, or last boiler, in which the cane juice is exposed to heat, into the coolers
- Chaucer.
b - The quantity of the sirup thus emptied at once.
Noun1.strike - 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"
Synonyms: work stoppage
2.strike - an attack that is intended to seize or inflict damage on or destroy an objective; "the strike was scheduled to begin at dawn"
3.strike - a pitch that is in the strike zone and that the batter does not hit; "this pitcher throws more strikes than balls"
4.strike - a gentle blow
Synonyms: rap, tap
5.strike - a score in tenpins: knocking down all ten with the first ball; "he finished with three strikes in the tenth frame"
Synonyms: ten-strike
6.strike - 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"
Synonyms: hit, smasher, bang, smash
Verb1.strike - hit against; come into sudden contact with; "The car hit a tree"; "He struck the table with his elbow"
2.strike - 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"
3.strike - have an emotional or cognitive impact upon; "This child impressed me as unusually mature"; "This behavior struck me as odd"
Synonyms: impress, affect, move
4.strike - 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"
Synonyms: hit
5.strike - indicate (a certain time) by striking; "The clock struck midnight"; "Just when I entered, the clock struck"
6.strike - 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"
Synonyms: hit
7.strike - 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"
Synonyms: walk out
8.strike - 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"
Synonyms: shine, fall
9.strike - attain; "The horse finally struck a pace"
Synonyms: come to
10.strike - 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"
Synonyms: hit
11.strike - cause to form between electrodes of an arc lamp; "strike an arc"
12.strike - find unexpectedly; "the archeologists chanced upon an old tomb"; "she struck a goldmine"; "The hikers finally struck the main path to the lake"
13.strike - produce by ignition or a blow; "strike fire from the flintstone"; "strike a match"
14.strike - remove by erasing or crossing out; "Please strike this remark from the record"
Synonyms: excise, expunge
15.strike - 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"
Synonyms: come to, hit
16.strike - drive something violently into a location; "he hit his fist on the table"; "she struck her head on the low ceiling"
Synonyms: hit
17.strike - 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"
Synonyms: assume, take up, take
18.strike - form by stamping, punching, or printing; "strike coins"; "strike a medal"
Synonyms: mint, coin
19.strike - smooth with a strickle; "strickle the grain in the measure"
Synonyms: strickle
20.strike - pierce with force; "The bullet struck her thigh"; "The icy wind struck through our coats"
21.strike - arrive at after reckoning, deliberating, and weighing; "strike a balance"; "strike a bargain"
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collision, come to, come to mind, come up with, complain, complaint, compunction, conclude, concuss, confirm, confront each other, conjure up, conk, contrive, counterattack, counteroffensive, coup de main, crack, crack down on, crack up, crash, crash into, cripple, crippling attack, cross out, crown, crump, crunch, cry out against, cudgel, cuff, cut, cutoff, dash, dash into, dawn on, dawn upon one, dead set at, dead stop, deadlock, deal, deal a blow, deck, delete, deliver, demonstrate, demonstrate against, demonstration, demur, demurrer, descend on, descend upon, descent on, detection, determination, determine, determining, detonate, devise, ding, direct, disable, discharge, disclosure, discover, discovery, dismantle, display, dispute, distinguishment, diversion, diversionary attack, dream up, drive, drop, edit, edit out, eject, eliminate, encounter, end, endgame, ending, engrave, enter a protest, eradicate, erase, espial, excavation, exception, excruciate, exhumation, expostulate, expostulation, exposure, expunge, expurgate, fail, fall, fall foul of, fall on, fall upon, feign, fell, fetch, fetch a blow, final whistle, find, find out, finding, finding out, fire, fire off, flank, flank attack, flog, flop, foul, frontal attack, full stop, gang up on, gas, gas attack, get, get nowhere, get out, go at, go for, go into, go on strike, go out, goal, grab, grab one, grand slam, grievance, grievance committee, grinding halt, gun, gun for, halt, hammer, harrow, harry, have at, head-on attack, hectograph, hit a clip, hit against, hit like lightning, hit the mark, hit upon, hold out, hole, hole in one, holler, home run, homer, horsewhip, howl, hunt down, hurt, hurtle, ignite, impact, impinge, implant, impress forcibly, imprint, improvise, incapacitate, indignation meeting, indispose, induce, infiltrate, infiltration, inflict, influence, inspire, insurge, insurrect, invalid, invent, invention, issue, jab, job action, jump, kick, kill, knock, knock against, knock cold, knock down, knock off, knock out, lambaste, land on, lash, launch an attack, lay at, lay hands on, lay into, lay off, let fly, let have it, let off, light, light into, lightning attack, lightning war, load, locate, locating, location, lock out, lockout, lucky strike, mace, make, make an impression, march, march against, march upon, martyr, mass attack, meet, megadeath, mimeograph, mint, miss the boat, mount an attack, mount the barricades, move, mug, mugging, multigraph, mutineer, mutiny, nail, nonviolent protest, object, objection, obliterate, occur, occur to, offense, offensive, offer itself, omit, onset, onslaught, open an offensive, outlaw strike, overkill, overprint, overthrow, panzer warfare, paste, pelt, pepper, percuss, pick off, picket, picketing, pistol, pitch into, plug, plunk, poke, pommel, pop, pot, potshoot, potshot, pounce upon, present itself, press objections, prime, print, proof, protest, protest demonstration, protestation, prove, publish, puck, pull, pull a proof, pummel, punch, push, put on, put out, put to bed, put to press, qualm, rack, raise a howl, rally, ratify, reach, rebel, recognition, rediscover, rediscovery, register with, reissue, reluct, reluctate, remonstrance, remonstrate, remonstration, remove, reprint, rescind, revelation, revolt, revolute, revolution, revolutionize, riddle, riot, rise, rise to mind, rise up, rock, rub out, rulebook slowdown, run, run against, run at, run down, run into, run off, run riot, run to earth, rush, sail into, sally, score, scourge, scratch, scruple, secure, serendipity, set on, set upon, settle on, shock tactics, shoot, shoot at, shoot down, shut down, shut it down, shut up shop, sick-in, sideswipe, sink in, sit in, sit-down, sit-down strike, sit-in, slam, slam into, slap, slap the face, slat, slog, slosh, slow down, slowdown, slug, smack, smack into, smash, smash into, smash up, snap, snipe, soak, sock, sortie, spotting, squawk, stalemate, stamp, stand, standoff, standstill, state a grievance, stay, stick out, stop, stoppage, storm, strike against, strike at, strike hard, strike home, strike off, strike out, strike the mind, strike up, stumble on, subvert, suggest itself, surprise, swap, swat, sway, swipe, swoop down on, sympathy strike, take, take a potshot, take apart, take away, take on, take the offensive, teach in, teach-in, tell, thrash, thrust, thump, thwack, tie-up, torment, torpedo, torture, touch, touchdown, trace, trace down, track down, traumatize, treasure trove, trouvaille, trove, try, turnout, uncovering, unearthing, unprovoked assault, void, wade into, walk out, wallop, whack, wham, whip, whomp, whop, wildcat strike, wipe out, work out, work stoppage, wring, yell bloody murder, yerk
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strike a chord
strike a note
strike back
Strike block
strike down
strike dumb
strike hard
strike home
strike leader
Strike of flax
Strike of sugar
strike off
strike out
strike pay
strike up
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