Definition of strike
- to lower or take down (a sail, mast, etc.).
- to lower (a sail, flag, etc.) as a salute or as a sign of surrender.
- to lower (something) into the hold of a vessel by means of a rope and tackle.
- to hook (a fish that has taken the bait) by making a sharp jerk on the line.
- (of a fish) to snatch at (the bait).
- to declare or engage in a suspension of (work) until an employer grants certain demands, such as pay increases, an improved pension plan, etc.
- to declare or engage in a suspension of work against (a factory, employer, industry, etc.) until certain demands are met.
- U.S. Army. to act as a voluntary paid servant to a commissioned officer.
- U.S. Navy. to work hard: strive (followed by for): He is striking for yeoman.
- to lower the flag or colors, especially as a salute or as a sign of surrender.
- to run up the white flag of surrender.
- a pitch that is swung at and missed by the batter.
- a pitch that passes through the strike zone and is not swung at by the batter.
- a foul tip caught by the catcher when there are already two strikes against the batter.
- a foul bunt when there are already two strikes against the batter.
- a ball hit foul and not caught on the fly when there are less than two strikes against the batter.
- the knocking down of all of the pins with the first bowl.
- the score so made.Compare spare (def. 22).
- a sharp jerk on the line, made in order to set the hook in the mouth of the fish.
- a pull on the line, made by the fish in the process of taking the bait.
- the direction of the line formed by the intersection of the bedding plane of a bed or stratum of sedimentary rock with a horizontal plane.
- the direction or trend of a structural feature, as an anticlinal axis or the lineation resulting from metamorphism.
- Printing. to print: They struck off 300 copies of the book.
- to remove or cancel, as from a record, list, etc.: His name was struck off the waiting list.
- to produce rapidly and easily: She struck off several letters and had no more work to do.
- to depart rapidly: We struck off for the country.
- Baseball. to put out or be put out by a strike-out: The pitcher walked two and struck out three. He struck out twice in three times at bat.
- (of a person or effort) to fail: His next two business ventures struck out.
- to lose favor.
- to erase; cross out.
- to set forth; venture forth: She struck out on her own at the age of 18.
- to begin to play or to sing: The orchestra struck up a waltz.
- to set in operation; begin: Strike up the band!
- to bring into being; commence; begin: to strike up an acquaintance with new neighbors.
Idioms about strike
- to deal an effective blow, hit a vulnerable part, or wound critically or mortally: The second arrow struck home.
- to have the intended effect; hit the mark: The sermon on Christian charity struck home.
- to come upon a valuable mineral or oil deposit.
- to have sudden or unexpected financial success: She struck it rich in real estate.
Origin of strike
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MORE ABOUT STRIKE
What does strike mean?
Strike means to hit or deal a blow with a fist or object.
When you strike something, you are hitting it or impacting it with something, as in a boxer striking their opponent or a kid striking a piñata.
An object can also strike another object, like a meteor striking the ground.
A strike can also be the act of hitting or dealing a blow, as in The strike from the wrecking ball caused the entire wall to collapse.
Strike has many different meanings that often involve something coming into physical or metaphorical contact with something else. For example, you can get struck by lightning or a good idea might strike your mind.
Workers are said to strike or go on strike when they refuse to work until their demands are met. This kind of collective refusal by workers is called a strike.
Example: The boxer was known for striking his opponents just before the bell struck.
Where does strike come from?
The first records of strike come from before the year 1000. It comes from the Old English strīcan, meaning “to stroke” or “to make level.” The English words stroke and streak have similar origins.
The word strike has a lot of different uses and specific meanings as both a verb and a noun.
When a clock indicates a certain time, we say it strikes that time, as in The clock struck one. When you strike a note, you play it on an instrument or sing it. A prospector might strike gold or oil (find it after digging or drilling for it). A dancer might strike a pose (position themselves into it).
You are probably familiar with the strikes in baseball. When the batter fails to hit the ball when it’s in the strike zone, that’s a strike. When a batter misses three times, they’re out. And to have a strike against you is to have made a mistake or failed at something when you have a limited number of tries. A military attack can be called a strike, such as an air strike (an attack made by aircraft) or a drone strike (an attack made using drones).
These are just some examples of the many different meanings of strike. (Did we strike the right balance?)
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What are some other forms related to strike?
- struck (simple past tense verb)
- stricken (perfect past tense verb)
- strikeless (adjective)
- antistrike (adjective)
- nonstrike (adjective)
- outstrike (verb)
What are some synonyms for strike?
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How is strike used in real life?
Strike is a very commonly used word, particularly in its literal sense.
2 and 3 trains are resuming service north of 96 St after emergency teams assisted a person who was struck by a train at 125 St.
Expect extensive delays in both directions as service resumes.
— NYCT Subway. Wear a Mask. Fill out the Census. (@NYCTSubway) July 31, 2020
It's weird that people act like fighters know what they are doing after getting severely hurt by a strike to the head.
— campbecc (@campbecc234) November 7, 2017
i really like this image bc it's basically the 🙂 emoji, and it strikes me with fear pic.twitter.com/apyYudmY49
— shik 🎃 🦇 (@shikuuz) September 16, 2020
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How to use strike in a sentence
For months before the pandemic struck, I was commuting to work by foot.
One officer then discharged his service weapon, striking Chavez, who fell to the ground.4 Houston Cops Who Shot And Killed Nicolas Chavez Fired|Hope Wright|September 11, 2020|Essence.com
After I spoke with Foxworth, the New York City teachers union decided to not strike, after the city agreed to delay in-person learning by 11 days.Why Can’t Schools Get What the N.F.L. Has? (Ep. 431)|Stephen J. Dubner|September 10, 2020|Freakonomics
The last thing the Bucks can afford to do now is strike out looking.The Bucks Played It Safe And Made The Wrong Kind Of History|Chris Herring (firstname.lastname@example.org)|September 9, 2020|FiveThirtyEight
In 2017, when Hurricane Maria struck, his nonprofit organization Waves for Water went to work.
The influential al Qaeda propagandist, who was born in New Mexico, died in a U.S. drone strike later that year.
Should lightning strike and Hillary Clinton forgoes a presidential run, Democrats have a nominee in waiting.Sen. Warren’s Main Street Crusade to Pressure Clinton|Eleanor Clift|January 8, 2015|DAILY BEAST
A senior Iranian official in Pakistan later confirmed the strike took place, declining to elaborate.
Saleem believes that the strike came from a nearby airbase across the Iranian border.
Leave it to Katniss to cut through a story with one perfectly aimed strike.Jennifer Lawrence’s Righteous Fury Says Everything We Wanted to Say|Kevin O’Keeffe|December 29, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The heir apparent and his brothers were cowering in fear, afraid to strike, yet hoping that others would strike for them.The Red Year|Louis Tracy
On this the royal band of music would strike up its liveliest airs, and a great bell would toll its evening warning.Our Little Korean Cousin|H. Lee M. Pike
It is much easier to strike quickly than slowly, but practice in the slow movement will develop both muscular and nervous power.Music-Study in Germany|Amy Fay
Not while I had the open prairie underfoot and the summer sky above, and hands to strike a blow or pull a trigger.Raw Gold|Bertrand W. Sinclair
(Thoughtfully to himself) I wonder how a rough scenario would strike the managers.First Plays|A. A. Milne
British Dictionary definitions for strike
- to lower or remove (a specified piece of gear)
- to haul down or dip (a flag, sail, etc) in salute or in surrender
- to lower (cargo, etc) into the hold of a ship
- to deliver an effective blow
- to achieve the intended effect
- to discover an extensive deposit of a mineral, petroleum, etc
- to have an unexpected financial success
- the act or an instance of knocking down all the pins with the first bowl of a single frame
- the score thus madeCompare spare (def. 17)
Derived forms of strikestrikeless, adjective
Word Origin for strike
Scientific definitions for strike
Cultural definitions for strike
A concerted refusal by employees in a particular business or industry to work. Its goal is usually to force employers to meet demands respecting wages and other working conditions.
Other Idioms and Phrases with strike
In addition to the idioms beginning with strike
- strike a balance
- strike a bargain
- strike a chord
- strike a happy medium
- strike down
- strike it rich
- strike out
- strike the right note
- strike while the iron is hot
- go out (on strike)
- happy medium, strike a
- lightning never strikes twice
- on strike
- two strikes against