Origin of struck
Definition for struck (2 of 2)
verb (used with object), struck or (Obsolete) strook; struck or especially for 31–34, strick·en or (Obsolete) strook; strik·ing.
- 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.
verb (used without object), struck or (Obsolete) strook, strik·ing.
- 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.
Origin of strike
Examples from the Web for struck
He spoke of the present-day tragedies and turmoil that struck the city while he and his classmates were in the academy.
He has struck a promising tone these last few days with his rhetoric about trying to “see each other.”
Like that tourist handing out cigars, I, too, had a family member in one of the towers that had been struck by a plane.The Life and Hard Times Of The Family A Cuban Defector Left Behind|Brin-Jonathan Butler|December 19, 2014|DAILY BEAST
I struck up a conversation with a man in his fifties or sixties who had a Brooklyn accent.
That struck the ACLU—and the judge in the case, Alvin Hellerstein—as a specious argument.The Detainee Abuse Photos Obama Didn’t Want You To See|Noah Shachtman, Tim Mak|December 15, 2014|DAILY BEAST
By and by, the African, while kicking, struck bottom with one foot.Wyoming|Edward Sylvester Ellis
His heavy gun, swinging low, struck her as she stepped down.The Man of the Forest|Zane Grey
In another minute nine o'clock struck, and a gentle tap at the door called them both back into the world again.Tom Brown's School Days|Thomas Hughes
It struck me that he had a great deal of time and very few visitors, except thieves.Frulein Schmidt and Mr. Anstruther|Elizabeth von Arnim
I struck several, but each went out in the high wind before igniting the tobacco.The International Spy|Allen Upward
British Dictionary definitions for struck (1 of 2)
British Dictionary definitions for struck (2 of 2)
verb strikes, striking or struck
- 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 Formsstrikeless, adjective
Word Origin for strike
Science definitions for struck
Culture definitions for struck
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.
Idioms and Phrases with struck
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