- a group of any of the major bast fibers, as flax or jute, prepared for conversion into sliver form.
- any of the pieces cut from a layer of carded and combed silk.
Origin of strick
1375–1425; late Middle English strik bundle of hemp or flax, stick for leveling heaping measures; cf. strickle
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Examples from the Web for strick
I'll never have the man who's wanting the strick of carle hemp in the making of him!'Two Penniless Princesses
Charlotte M. Yonge
Och, she's as valiant as a peacock, only strick down and overcome about your own self!Wyandotte
James Fenimore Cooper
Strick un down in a moment wethout givin' ev'n a chance to say hes prayers and to make hes paice, so to spaik?The Birthright
These two parts are severed when it is desired to utilize only the best part of the strick.The Jute Industry: From Seed to Finished Cloth
T. Woodhouse and P. Kilgour
We didn't use no matches, 'stead we'd strick a rock on a piece of steel.Slave Narratives: a Folk History of Slavery in the United States, From Interviews with Former Slaves
Work Projects Administration
- textiles any bast fibres preparatory to being made into slivers
C15 stric, perhaps of Low German origin; compare Middle Dutch stric, Middle Low German strik rope
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Word Origin and History for strick
"bundle of broken hemp, etc.," c.1400, from root of strike (v.). Also as a verb (c.1400).
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