• synonyms


  1. a group of any of the major bast fibers, as flax or jute, prepared for conversion into sliver form.
  2. any of the pieces cut from a layer of carded and combed silk.
Show More

Origin of strick

1375–1425; late Middle English strik bundle of hemp or flax, stick for leveling heaping measures; cf. strickle
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Examples from the Web for stricks

Historical Examples

  • At other times, the thin ends of the stricks are also cut off by the same instrument.

    The Jute Industry: From Seed to Finished Cloth

    T. Woodhouse and P. Kilgour

  • In the case of hackling by machinery, the flax is first roughed and arranged in stricks, as above described under hand hackling.

British Dictionary definitions for stricks


  1. textiles any bast fibres preparatory to being made into slivers
Show More

Word Origin

C15 stric, perhaps of Low German origin; compare Middle Dutch stric, Middle Low German strik rope
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for stricks



"bundle of broken hemp, etc.," c.1400, from root of strike (v.). Also as a verb (c.1400).

Show More
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper