- Strike is a term used in baseball for a pitched ball that is counted against the batter.
An example of strike is when a ball that was perfectly pitched is missed by the batter.
- The definition of a strike is the conviction of an unlawful act or when all the pins are knocked down with a bowling ball.
An example of strike is being caught, charged and convicted of armed robbery.
- Strike is defined as to hit, attack, crash into or pierce the skin of someone or something.
- An example of strike is one person punching another.
- An example of strike is the military of one country bombing another.
- An example of strike is a car crashing into a stop sign.
transitive verbstruck, struck, stricken, striking
- to hit with the hand or a tool, weapon, etc.; smite; specif.,
- to give a blow to; hit with force: to strike a nail with a hammer
- to give (a blow, etc.)
- to remove, knock off, etc. by or as by a blow: to strike a gun from someone's hand
- to make or impress by stamping, punching, printing, etc.: to strike coins in a mint
- to pierce or penetrate: struck in the head by a bullet
- to harpoon or shoot (a whale)
- to hook (a fish that has risen to the bait) by a pull on the line
- to seize (the bait): said of a fish
- to produce (a tone or chord) by hitting a key or keys or touching a string or strings on a musical instrument
- to touch the strings of (a musical instrument)
- to announce (time), as by causing a hammer to hit a bell: said of clocks, etc.
- to cause to come into violent or forceful contact; specif.,
- to cause to hit something: to strike one's head on a beam
- to thrust (a weapon, implement, etc.) in or into something
- to bring forcefully into contact: to strike cymbals together
- to cause to ignite by friction: to strike a match
- to produce (a light, etc.) by friction
- to make (an arc) in an arc lamp
- to come into violent or forceful contact with; crash into; hit: the stone struck a head
- to wound with the fangs: said of snakes
- to attack
- to afflict, as with disease, pain, or death
- to come into contact with; specif.,
- to fall on; shine on: light striking the wall
- to catch or reach (the ear): said of a sound
- ☆ to come upon; arrive at: the bus struck the main road
- to make (a path, trail, etc.) as one goes along
- to notice, find, or hit upon suddenly or unexpectedly
- ☆ to discover, as after drilling or prospecting: to strike oil
- to appear to: the sight that struck my eyes
- to affect as if by contact, a blow, etc.; specif.,
- to come into the mind of; occur to: an idea struck me
- to be attractive to or impress (someone's fancy, sense of humor, etc.)
- to seem to: an idea that strikes me as silly
- to cause to become suddenly: to be struck dumb
- to influence, inspire, or overcome suddenly with strong feeling: to be struck with amazement
- to cause (a feeling, emotion, etc.) to come suddenly; arouse: to strike terror to the heart
- to remove or expunge (from a list, minutes, record, etc.)
- to make and ratify (a bargain, agreement, truce, etc.)
- to arrive at by figuring, estimating, etc.: to strike a balance
- to lower or haul down (a sail, flag, etc.), as in surrendering: sailors formerly struck sails in protest of grievances, to prevent a ship from sailing
- to take down (a tent, etc.)
- to abandon (a camp) as by taking down tents
Origin of strikefrom strike via obs. sense “to put (tools) out of use” in protest of grievances to refuse to continue to work at (a factory, company, etc.) until certain demands have been met
- Obsolete to stroke or smooth
- to level (a measure of grain, sand mold, etc.) by stroking the top with a straight instrument; strickle
- to assume (an attitude, pose, etc.)
- to send down or put forth (roots): said of plants, etc.
- to cause (cuttings, etc.) to take root
- Obsolete to wage (battle)
Origin of strikecf. strikeTheater
- to dismantle and remove (scenery or a set)
- to remove the scenery of (a play)
- to turn (a light) down or off
Origin of strikeMiddle English striken, to proceed, flow, strike with rod or sword ; from Old English strican, to go, proceed, advance, akin to German streichen ; from Indo-European an unverified form streig- ; from base an unverified form ster-, a streak, strip, to stroke from source Classical Latin stringere, to couch, strigilis, scraper, German strahl, ray
- to deliver a blow or blows
- to aim a blow or blows: to strike in vain at a ball
- to attack: the enemy struck at dawn
- to take part in a fight or struggle (for some objective)
- to make a sound or sounds as by being struck: said of a bell, clock, etc.
- to be announced by the striking of a bell, chime, etc.: said of the time
- to make sudden and violent contact; hit; collide (against, on, or upon)
- to be noticed; have an effect
- to ignite or be capable of igniting, as a match
- to seize or snatch at a bait: said of a fish
- to make a darting movement in an attempt to inflict a wound: said of a snake, tiger, etc.
- to penetrate or pierce (to, through, etc.)
- to come suddenly or unexpectedly; fall, light, etc. (on or upon): to strike on the right combination
- to run upon a reef, rock, etc.: said of a ship
- to lower sail
- to haul down one's flag in token of surrender
- to refuse to continue to work until certain demands are met; go on strike
- to send out roots; take root: said of a plant
- to begin, advance, or proceed, esp. in a new way or direction; turn
- to move or pass quickly; dart
- ☆ U.S. Navy to be in training (for a specified rating)
- the act of striking; blow; specif., a military attack: an air strike
- a concerted refusal by employees to go on working, in an attempt to force an employer to grant certain demands, as for higher wages, better working conditions, etc.
- any similar refusal by a person or group of people to do something, undertaken as a form of protest: a hunger strike, a buyers' strike
- the discovery of a rich deposit of oil, coal, minerals, etc.
- ☆ any sudden success, esp. one bringing large financial return
- ☆ the pull on the line by a fish seizing or snatching at bait
- the pull that a fisherman gives the line to engage a baited hook in a fish's mouth
- the number of coins, medals, etc. struck at one time
- the part of a timepiece that strikes
- the metal piece on a doorjamb, into which the latch fits when the door is shutalso strike plate
- ☆ Baseball a pitched ball that is struck at but missed, declared within the strike zone but not struck at, or hit foul but not caught: the batter is out after three strikes but the third strike cannot be a foul ball unless it was on a bunt attempt or unless it was a foul tip that was caught by the catcher
- ☆ Bowling
- the act of knocking down all the pins on the first bowl
- the score made in this way
- Geol., Mining the trace of a rock bed, fault, or vein on the horizontal, at right angles to the direction of dip
be struck with
have two strikes against one☆
(out) on strike
- to cause to fall by a blow, etc.; knock down
- to do away with; undo, cancel, etc.
- to have a disastrous or disabling effect upon: said of illness, etc.
- to show agreement by clasping hands
- to make a bargain, contract, etc.
- to deliver an effective or crippling blow
- to achieve a desired or significant effect
strike it rich☆
- to discover a rich deposit of ore, oil, etc.
- to become rich or successful suddenly
- to separate, or remove, by or as by a blow or cut
- to remove from a record, list, etc.; erase; expunge
- to print
- to make by hitting or striking
- to originate; produce; devise
- to aim or strike a blow; hit out
- to remove from a record, etc.; erase; expunge
- to begin moving or acting; start out
- ☆ Baseball
- to be put out as the result of three strikes
- to put (a batter) out by pitching three strikes
- ☆ to be a failure
- to begin or cause to begin playing, singing, sounding, etc.
- to begin (a friendship, conversation, etc.)
- to emboss (metal, decorative figures, etc.)
verbstruck struck , struck struck or strick·en , strik·ing, strikes
- a. To hit sharply, as with a hand, fist, weapon, or implement: struck the table in anger; strikes the ball with a nine iron; struck the nail with a hammer.b. To inflict (a blow).
- To penetrate or pierce: was struck in the leg by a bullet.
- a. To collide with or crash into: She struck the desk with her knee.b. To cause to come into violent or forceful contact: She struck her knee against the desk.c. To thrust (a weapon, for example) in or into someone or something: struck the sword into the dragon.d. To damage or destroy, as by forceful contact: Lightning struck the tree.
- To make a military attack on; assault.
- To afflict suddenly, as with a disease or impairment: was stricken with cancer.
- To cause to become suddenly in a certain way: struck him dead.
- a. To snap at or seize (a bait).b. To hook (a fish that has taken the bait) by a pull on the line.
- To wound by biting. Used especially of a snake.
- To form by stamping, printing, or punching: strike a medallion.
- To produce or play by manipulating strings or keys: strike a B flat; strike w, t, and y on the keyboard.
- To indicate by a percussive or chiming sound: The clock struck nine.
- To produce as if by playing a musical instrument: The report struck a positive note in the final paragraph.
- a. To produce by friction or a blow: struck fire from the flints.b. To produce flame, light, or a spark by friction: strike a match.
- To remove or separate suddenly, as with a blow: struck the wasp from his shoulder; struck off the diseased branch with a machete.
- To eliminate or expunge: strike a trial witness's answer to a question as inadmissible hearsay.
- a. To come upon (a mineral deposit) by effort; discover: struck gold.b. To come to; reach or attain: finally struck the main trail.
- a. To fall upon; shine on: A bright light struck her face.b. To become audible to: An odd sound struck his ear.
- To affect keenly or forcibly; impress: The suggestion struck her as foolish.
- To enter the mind of: The thought struck me from out of the blue.
- a. To cause (a strong emotion) to penetrate deeply: struck terror into their hearts.b. To affect or overcome with strong emotion: She was struck with alarm at the news.
- 21. a. To make and confirm the terms of (a bargain).b. To achieve (a balance, for example) by careful consideration.
- 22. To position one's body in (a pose, for example); assume.
- 23. Nautical a. To haul down (a mast or sail).b. To lower (a flag or sail) in salute or surrender.c. To lower (cargo) into a hold.
- 24. To remove (theatrical properties, a set, or technical equipment) from a stage.
- 25. To dismantle and pack up for departure: strike camp.
- 26. To undertake a strike against (an employer).
- 27. a. To level or even (a measure, as of grain).b. To smooth or shape with a strickle.
- 28. a. To send (plant roots) out or down.b. To cause (a plant cutting) to take root.
- To deal a blow or blows, as with the fist or a weapon; hit.
- To aim a stroke or blow: struck at his opponent but missed.
- To make contact suddenly or violently; collide: A car and a bus struck at the intersection.
- To begin a military attack: The enemy struck unexpectedly.
- Sports To score a goal: The home team struck early in the game.
- To penetrate or pierce: The cold struck right through our jackets.
- To take bait: The fish are striking.
- To dart or shoot suddenly forward in an attempt to inflict a bite or wound. Used of snakes and wild animals.
- To set out or proceed, especially in a new direction: struck off into the forest.
- To begin to move: The horse struck into a gallop.
- a. To send out roots.b. To sprout.
- a. To indicate the time by making a percussive or chiming sound: The clock struck just as we left.b. To become indicated by a percussive or chiming sound: The hour has struck.
- To become ignited.
- To discover something suddenly or unexpectedly: struck on a new approach.
- To fall, as light or sound: sunlight striking on the cliffs; a din struck upon their ears.
- To have an effect; make an impression.
- To engage in a strike against an employer.
- To interrupt by pushing oneself forward: struck rudely into the conversation.
- To strive diligently for a specific technical rating in the US Navy.
- An act or gesture of striking.
- An attack, especially a military air attack on a single group of targets.
- Sports A scoring attempt, often resulting in a goal.
- a. A cessation of work by employees in support of demands made on their employer, as for higher pay or improved conditions.b. A temporary stoppage of normal activity undertaken as a protest.
- A sudden achievement or valuable discovery, as of a precious mineral.
- a. The taking of bait by a fish.b. A pull on a fishing line indicating this.
- A quantity of coins or medals struck at the same time.
- a. Baseball A pitched ball that is counted against the batter, typically one that is swung at and missed, fouled off, or judged to have passed through the strike zone.b. A perfectly thrown ball: The quarterback threw a strike to the receiver.
- An unfavorable condition, circumstance, or characteristic; a disadvantage: “[They] were trying to sell a movie with several strikes against it as a mass-audience ‘property’” (John Sayles).
- Sports The knocking down of all the pins in bowling with the first bowl of a frame.
- The taking root and growing of a plant cutting.
- Geology The course or bearing of a structural surface, such as an inclined bed, as it intersects a horizontal plane.
- The removal of all properties, sets, and technical equipment following a final performance, as of a play or concert.
- A strickle.
Origin of strikeMiddle English striken, from Old English strīcan, to stroke; see streig- in Indo-European roots. Our Living Language The central role that baseball has played in American culture is known to all, but is particularly evident in the abundance of baseball expressions applied to circumstances outside the sport. When people say that they have struck out in an endeavor, they are using one such expression. We routinely speak of ballpark figures or estimates, of some unexpected quirk of fate or tricky question on an exam being a curve ball, of minor-league or bush-league players in a field or business, who might one day enter the big leagues. If we can't go to lunch with a person who invites us, we take a rain check. We can go to bat or pinch-hit for a friend. We can be off base about something or so disconnected we are out in left field. When we cooperate we are playing ball, and when we get serious or even ruthless about something, we are playing hardball. Some unfortunate people are said to have been born with two strikes against them if bad things come their way right off the bat. The list could go on and on, but that would only be running up the score.
(third-person singular simple present strikes, present participle striking, simple past struck, past participle struck or stricken)
- (sometimes with out or through) To delete or cross out; to scratch or eliminate.
- Please strike the last sentence.
- To hit.
- Strike the door sharply with your foot and see if it comes loose.
- A bullet struck him.
- The ship struck a reef.
- To give, as a blow; to impel, as with a blow; to give a force to; to dash; to cast.
- To thrust in; to cause to enter or penetrate.
- A tree strikes its roots deep.
- To punish; to afflict; to smite.
- (intransitive) To deliver a quick blow or thrust; to give blows.
- A hammer strikes against the bell of a clock.
- To touch; to act by appulse.
- (intransitive) To act suddenly, especially in a violent or criminal way.
- The bank robber struck on the 2nd and 5th of May.
- (figuratively) To impinge upon.
- The first thing to strike my eye was a beautiful pagoda.
- Tragedy struck when his brother was killed in a bush fire.
- (intransitive) To stop working to achieve better working conditions.
- The workers struck for a week before the new contract went through.
- To impress, seem or appear (to).
- Golf has always struck me as a waste of time.
- To manufacture, as by stamping.
- We will strike a medal in your honour.
- To take down, especially in the following contexts:
- (intransitive, dated) To run upon a rock or bank; to be stranded.
- The ship struck in the night.
- To cause or produce by a stroke, or suddenly, as by a stroke.
- to strike a light
- To cause to ignite by friction.
- to strike a match
- To cause to sound by one or more beats; to indicate or notify by audible strokes. Of a clock, to announce (an hour of the day), usually by one or more sounds.
- The clock struck twelve.
- The drums strike up a march.
- (intransitive) To sound by percussion, with blows, or as if with blows.
- To create an impression.
- The news struck a sombre chord.
- (sports) To score a goal.
- (intransitive) To set off on a walk or trip.
- They struck off along the river.
- (intransitive) To pass with a quick or strong effect; to dart; to penetrate.
- (dated) To break forth; to commence suddenly; with into.
- to strike into reputation; to strike into a run
- (intransitive) To become attached to something; said of the spat of oysters.
- To make a sudden impression upon, as if by a blow; to affect with some strong emotion.
- to strike the mind with surprise; to strike somebody with wonder, alarm, dread, or horror
- To affect by a sudden impression or impulse.
- The proposed plan strikes me favourably.
- May the Lord strike down those sinners!
- I was struck dumb with astonishment.
- To make and ratify.
- to strike a bargain
- To level (a measure of grain, salt, etc.) with a straight instrument, scraping off what is above the level of the top.
- (masonry) To cut off (a mortar joint, etc.) even with the face of the wall, or inward at a slight angle.
- To hit upon, or light upon, suddenly.
- My eye struck a strange word in the text.
- They soon struck the trail.
- (slang, archaic) To borrow money from; to make a demand upon.
- He struck a friend for five dollars.
- To lade into a cooler, as a liquor.
- To stroke or pass lightly; to wave.
Custom influences which participle is used in set phrases and specific contexts, but in general, the past participle "struck" is more common when speaking of intransitive actions (e.g. He'd struck it rich, or He's struck out on his own, etc.), while "stricken" is more commonly used for transitive actions, especially constructions where the subject is the object of an implied action (e.g. The Court has stricken the statement from the record, or The city was stricken with disease, etc.)
- (baseball) a status resulting from a batter swinging and missing a pitch, or not swinging at a pitch in the strike zone, or hitting a foul ball that is not caught
- (bowling) the act of knocking down all ten pins in on the first roll of a frame
- a work stoppage (otherwise concerted stoppage of an activity) as a form of protest
- a blow or application of physical force against something
- (finance) In an option contract, the price at which the holder buys or sells if they choose to exercise the option.
- An old English measure of corn equal to the bushel.
- (cricket) the status of being the batsman that the bowler is bowling at
- the primary face of a hammer, opposite the peen
- (geology) the compass direction of the line of intersection between a rock layer and the surface of the Earth.
- An instrument with a straight edge for levelling a measure of grain, salt, etc., scraping off what is above the level of the top; a strickle.
- An iron pale or standard in a gate or fence.
- (ironworking) A puddler's stirrer.
- The discovery of a source of something.
Part or all of this entry has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster's Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.
- (work stoppage): industrial peace; lockout
strike - Legal Definition
- An organized stoppage of labor by employees in order to compel the employer to meet their demands.
- The dismissal of a prospective juror from the panel, whether for cause or peremptorily.
- A negative mark on one’s record (as in, three strikes and you’re out).