• WordNet 3.6
    • v strike cause to form (an electric arc) between electrodes of an arc lamp "strike an arc"
    • v strike arrive at after reckoning, deliberating, and weighing "strike a balance","strike a bargain"
    • v strike indicate (a certain time) by striking "The clock struck midnight","Just when I entered, the clock struck"
    • v strike make a strategic, offensive, assault against an enemy, opponent, or a target "The Germans struck Poland on Sept. 1, 1939","We must strike the enemy's oil fields","in the fifth inning, the Giants struck, sending three runners home to win the game 5 to 2"
    • v strike affect or afflict suddenly, usually adversely "We were hit by really bad weather","He was stricken with cancer when he was still a teenager","The earthquake struck at midnight"
    • v strike produce by manipulating keys or strings of musical instruments, also metaphorically "The pianist strikes a middle C","strike `z' on the keyboard","her comments struck a sour note"
    • v strike pierce with force "The bullet struck her thigh","The icy wind struck through our coats"
    • v strike hit against; come into sudden contact with "The car hit a tree","He struck the table with his elbow"
    • v strike smooth with a strickle "strickle the grain in the measure"
    • v strike deliver a sharp blow, as with the hand, fist, or weapon "The teacher struck the child","the opponent refused to strike","The boxer struck the attacker dead"
    • v strike remove by erasing or crossing out or as if by drawing a line "Please strike this remark from the record","scratch that remark"
    • v strike form by stamping, punching, or printing "strike coins","strike a medal"
    • v strike produce by ignition or a blow "strike fire from the flintstone","strike a match"
    • v strike have an emotional or cognitive impact upon "This child impressed me as unusually mature","This behavior struck me as odd"
    • v strike occupy or take on "He assumes the lotus position","She took her seat on the stage","We took our seats in the orchestra","She took up her position behind the tree","strike a pose"
    • v strike drive something violently into a location "he hit his fist on the table","she struck her head on the low ceiling"
    • v strike cause to experience suddenly "Panic struck me","An interesting idea hit her","A thought came to me","The thought struck terror in our minds","They were struck with fear"
    • v strike find unexpectedly "the archeologists chanced upon an old tomb","she struck a goldmine","The hikers finally struck the main path to the lake"
    • v strike stop work in order to press demands "The auto workers are striking for higher wages","The employees walked out when their demand for better benefits was not met"
    • v strike attain "The horse finally struck a pace"
    • v strike touch or seem as if touching visually or audibly "Light fell on her face","The sun shone on the fields","The light struck the golden necklace","A strange sound struck my ears"
    • n strike a conspicuous success "that song was his first hit and marked the beginning of his career","that new Broadway show is a real smasher","the party went with a bang"
    • n strike (baseball) a pitch that the batter swings at and misses, or that the batter hits into foul territory, or that the batter does not swing at but the umpire judges to be in the area over home plate and between the batter's knees and shoulders "this pitcher throws more strikes than balls"
    • n strike a score in tenpins: knocking down all ten with the first ball "he finished with three strikes in the tenth frame"
    • n strike an attack that is intended to seize or inflict damage on or destroy an objective "the strike was scheduled to begin at dawn"
    • n strike a group's refusal to work in protest against low pay or bad work conditions "the strike lasted more than a month before it was settled"
    • n strike a gentle blow
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Additional illustrations & photos:

Apparatus for Striking a Light Apparatus for Striking a Light
Striking Them Down As a Mason Does--2-29-204 Striking Them Down As a Mason Does--2-29-204
Just as he was going to strike Just as he was going to strike
Entellus about to strike the final blow Entellus about to strike the final blow

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Three consecutive strikes in bowling is called a turkey
    • Strike A bushel; four pecks.
    • Strike (Iron Working) A puddler's stirrer.
    • Strike A sudden finding of rich ore in mining; hence, any sudden success or good fortune, esp. financial.
    • Strike An instrument with a straight edge for leveling a measure of grain, salt, and the like, scraping off what is above the level of the top; a strickle.
    • Strike An iron pale or standard in a gate or fence.
    • Strike An old measure of four bushels.
    • Strike (Baseball) Any actual or constructive striking at the pitched ball, three of which, if the ball is not hit fairly, cause the batter to be put out; hence, any of various acts or events which are ruled as equivalent to such a striking, as failing to strike at a ball so pitched that the batter should have struck at it. "It's one, two, three strikes you're out in the old ball game."
    • Strike Fullness of measure; hence, excellence of quality. "Three hogsheads of ale of the first strike ."
    • Strike (Tenpins) Same as Ten-strike.
    • Strike (Bowling, U. S) The act of leveling all the pins with the first bowl; also, the score thus made. Sometimes called double spare. Throwing a strike entitles the player to add to the score for that frame the total number of pins knocked down in the next two bowls.
    • Strike The act of quitting work; specifically, such an act by a body of workmen, usually organized by a labor union, done as a means of enforcing compliance with demands made on their employer. "Strikes are the insurrections of labor."
    • Strike The act of striking.
    • Strike The extortion of money, or the attempt to extort money, by threat of injury; blackmailing.
    • Strike (Geol) The horizontal direction of the outcropping edges of tilted rocks; or, the direction of a horizontal line supposed to be drawn on the surface of a tilted stratum. It is at right angles to the dip.
    • Strike To advance; to cause to go forward; -- used only in past participle. "Well struck in years."
    • Strike To affect in some particular manner by a sudden impression or impulse; as, the plan proposed strikes me favorably; to strike one dead or blind. "How often has stricken you dumb with his irony!"
    • Strike To become attached to something; -- said of the spat of oysters.
    • Strike To borrow money of; to make a demand upon; as, he struck a friend for five dollars.
    • Strike To break forth; to commence suddenly; -- with into; as, to strike into reputation; to strike into a run.
    • Strike To cause or produce by a stroke, or suddenly, as by a stroke; as, to strike a light. "Waving wide her myrtle wand,
      She strikes a universal peace through sea and land."
    • Strike To cause to ignite; as, to strike a match.
    • Strike To cause to sound by one or more beats; to indicate or notify by audible strokes; as, the clock strikes twelve; the drums strike up a march.
    • Strike To come in collision with; to strike against; as, a bullet struck him; the wave struck the boat amidships; the ship struck a reef.
    • Strike (Masonry) To cut off, as a mortar joint, even with the face of the wall, or inward at a slight angle.
    • Strike To deliver a quick blow or thrust; to give blows.
    • Strike To give, as a blow; to impel, as with a blow; to give a force to; to dash; to cast. "They shall take of the blood, and strike it on the two sideposts.""Who would be free, themselves must strike the blow."
    • Strike To hit upon, or light upon, suddenly; as, my eye struck a strange word; they soon struck the trail.
    • Strike To hit; to collide; to dush; to clash; as, a hammer strikes against the bell of a clock.
    • Strike To lade into a cooler, as a liquor.
    • Strike To level, as a measure of grain, salt, or the like, by scraping off with a straight instrument what is above the level of the top.
    • Strike To lower a flag, or colors, in token of respect, or to signify a surrender of a ship to an enemy.
    • Strike To lower; to let or take down; to remove; as, to strike sail; to strike a flag or an ensign, as in token of surrender; to strike a yard or a topmast in a gale; to strike a tent; to strike the centering of an arch.
    • Strike To make a sudden impression upon, as by a blow; to affect sensibly with some strong emotion; as, to strike the mind, with surprise; to strike one with wonder, alarm, dread, or horror. "Nice works of art strike and surprise us most on the first view.""They please as beauties, here as wonders strike ."
    • Strike To make an attack; to aim a blow.
    • Strike To make and ratify; as, to strike a bargain.
    • v. i Strike To move; to advance; to proceed; to take a course; as, to strike into the fields. "A mouse . . . struck forth sternly [bodily]."
    • Strike To pass with a quick or strong effect; to dart; to penetrate.
    • Strike To punish; to afflict; to smite. "To punish the just is not good, nor strike princes for equity."
    • Strike To quit work in order to compel an increase, or prevent a reduction, of wages.
    • Strike To run upon a rock or bank; to be stranded; as, the ship struck in the night.
    • Strike To sound by percussion, with blows, or as with blows; to be struck; as, the clock strikes .
    • Strike To stamp or impress with a stroke; to coin; as, to strike coin from metal: to strike dollars at the mint.
    • Strike To steal money.
    • Strike To stroke or pass lightly; to wave. "Behold, I thought, He will . . . strike his hand over the place, and recover the leper."
    • Strike To take forcibly or fraudulently; as, to strike money.
    • Strike To thrust in; to cause to enter or penetrate; to set in the earth; as, a tree strikes its roots deep.
    • Strike To touch or hit with some force, either with the hand or with an instrument; to smite; to give a blow to, either with the hand or with any instrument or missile. "He at Philippi kept
      His sword e'en like a dancer; while I struck The lean and wrinkled Cassius."
    • Strike To touch; to act by appulse.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Carnivorous animals will not eat another animal that has been hit by a lightning strike.
    • strike To go; proceed; advance; in modern use, especially, to go or move suddenly, or with a sudden turn.
    • strike To flow; glide; run.
    • strike To pass with sudden quickness and effect; dart; pierce.
    • strike To come suddenly or unexpectedly.
    • strike To run or extend in any particular direction, especially with reference to the points of the compass: a word used chiefly by geologists in speaking of the strata, or of stratified masses, but also by miners in indicating the position of the lode or vein. The latter, however, generally use run in preference to strike.
    • strike To lower a sail, a flag, or colors in token of respect; hence, to surrender, as to a superior or an enemy; yield.
    • strike To touch; glance; graze; impinge by appulse.
    • strike To run a ground or a shore; run upon a bank, rock, or other obstacle; strand: as, the ship struck at midnight.
    • strike To inflict a blow, stroke, or thrust; attack: as, to strike in the dark.
    • strike To hit; beat; tap: as, the hammer strikes on the bell of a clock.
    • strike To sound by percussion, with or as with blows; be struck: as, the clock strikes.
    • strike To use one's weapons; deal blows; fight: as, to strike for one's country.
    • strike To press a claim or demand by coercive or threatening action of some kind; in common usage, to quit work along with others, in order to compel an employer to accede to some demand, as for increase of pay, or to protest against something, as a reduction of wages: as, to strike for higher pay or shorter hours of work.
    • strike To steal, as by pocket-picking.
    • strike To give the last plowing before the seed is sown.
    • strike To take root, as a slip of a plant.
    • strike To fasten to stones, shells, etc., as young oysters; become fixed or set.
    • strike To move with friction; grate; creak.
    • strike In the United States army, to perform menial services for an officer; act as an officer's servant: generally said of an enlisted man detailed for that duty.
    • strike To become saturated with salt, as fish in the process of pickling or curing.
    • strike To run; change or fade, as colors of goods in washing or cleaning.
    • strike To refuse to lead, as fish when, instead of following close along the leader and passing into the bowl of the weir, they retreat from the net, and with a sweep double the whole weir.
    • strike To put in one's word suddenly; interpose; interrupt.
    • strike To begin; set about.
    • strike To fall in; conform; join or unite.
    • strike To arrive; come in; make for the shore: said of fish.
    • strike To turn into quickly or abruptly; betake one's self to in haste.
    • strike To direct one's course, as in swimming: as, to strike out for the shore.
    • strike To make a sudden move or excursion: as, to strike out into an irregular course of life.
    • strike In base-ball, to be put out because of failure to strike the ball after a certain number of trials: said of the batter.
    • strike To make acquaintance; become associated: with with.
    • strike To pass the hand over lightly; stroke: as, to strike the beard or hair.
    • strike To pass lightly as in stroking.
    • strike To make level or even, as a measure of grain, salt, etc., by drawing a strickle or straight-edge along the top, or, in the case of potatoes, by seeking to make the projections equal to the depressions: as, to strike a bushel of wheat; a struck or striked as distinguished from a heaped measure.
    • strike To balance the accounts in.
    • strike To lower or dip; let, take, or haul down: as, to strike the topmasts; to strike a flag, as in token of surrender or salute; to strike or lower anything below decks.
    • strike To take down or apart; pack up and remove; fold: as, to strike a tent; to strike a scene on the stage of a theater.
    • strike To lade into a cooler, as cane-juice in sugar-making.
    • strike To dab; rub; smear; anoint.
    • strike To efface with a stroke of a pen; erase; remove from a record as being rejected, erroneous, or obsolete: with away, out, off, etc.: as, to strike out an item in an account.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Lightning strikes 6,000 times every minute on the entire planet
    • v.t Strike strīk to give a blow to: to hit with force, to smite: to pierce: to dash: to stamp: to coin: to thrust in: to cause to sound: to let down, as a sail: to ground upon, as a ship: to punish: to affect strongly: to affect suddenly with alarm or surprise: to make a compact or agreement, to ratify: to take down and remove: to erase (with out, off): to come upon unexpectedly: to occur to: to appear to: to assume: to hook a fish by a quick turn of the wrist: :
    • v.i Strike to give a quick blow: to hit: to dash: to sound by being struck: to touch: to run aground: to pass with a quick effect: to dart: to take root: to lower the flag in token of respect or surrender: to give up work in order to secure higher wages or the redress of some grievance:
    • n Strike act of striking for higher wages: :
    • v.t Strike strīk (slang) to steal
    • v.t Strike strīk (B.) to stroke
    • v.i Strike (U.S.) to do menial work for an officer: to become saturated with salt: to run, or fade in colour:—pa.t. struck; pa.p. struck (obs. strick′en)
    • n Strike (geol.) the direction of the outcrop of a stratum—the line which it makes when it appears at the surface of the earth, always being at right angles to the dip of the bend
    • n Strike (U.S.) any dishonest attempt to extort money by bringing in a bill in the hope of being bought off by those interested: full measure, esp. of malt: the whole coinage made at one time: an imperfect matrix for type: the metal plate into which a door-latch strikes as the door closes: the crystalline appearance of hard soaps
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  • Mexican Proverb
    Mexican Proverb
    “He who strikes first, strikes twice.”
  • Ninon De L'Enclos
    Ninon De L'Enclos
    “That which is striking and beautiful is not always good; but that which is good is always beautiful.”
  • Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
    “Strike the dog dead, it's but a critic!”
  • Samuel Gompers
    Samuel Gompers
    “Show me the country that has no strikes and I'll show you the country in which there is no liberty.”
  • Mark Twain
    “One of the striking differences between a cat and a lie is that the cat has only nine lives.”
  • Ludwig Van Beethoven
    Ludwig Van Beethoven
    “Music should strike fire from the heart of man, and bring tears from the eyes of woman.”


Strike a chord - If strikes a chord, it is familiar to you, reminds you of something or is connected to you somehow.
Strike while the iron is hot - If you strike while the iron is hot you do something when things are going well for you and you have a good chance to succeed.


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. striken, to strike, proceed, flow, AS. strīcan, to go, proceed, akin to D. strijken, to rub, stroke, strike, to move, go, G. streichen, OHG. strīhhan, L. stringere, to touch lightly, to graze, to strip off (but perhaps not to L. stringere, in sense to draw tight), striga, a row, a furrow. Cf. Streak Stroke


In literature:

A pause and a swift start often tempted to a strike.
"The Book of the National Parks" by Robert Sterling Yard
In 1892 this union had conducted a great strike against the Carnegie Works and had lost public sympathy and the strike.
"The New Nation" by Frederic L. Paxson
A strike was at once ordered.
"Ralph on the Engine" by Allen Chapman
To drive him to his knees, to cut him down, to strike and strike for the people he loved and for God.
"The Saracen: Land of the Infidel" by Robert Shea
Ah, who will convey to thee what the Striking is?
"The Saracen: The Holy War" by Robert Shea
She struggled fiercely, silently, striking at him with her free fist.
"Rimrock Trail" by J. Allan Dunn
After that we had several strikes, but not one of them was what I could call a hungry, smashing strike.
"Tales of Fishes" by Zane Grey
Refused membership, they have easily become strike breakers.
"Negro Migration during the War" by Emmett J. Scott
The chief manufacturing city of England has not a striking effect upon the visitor as he approaches it.
"England, Picturesque and Descriptive" by Joel Cook
Rumors of war and high finance, trade unions, strikes and sabotage burst on my startled artist's ears.
"The Harbor" by Ernest Poole

In poetry:

'STRIKE me blind!' we swore.
God, and I was stricken!
I have seen the morning fade
And noonday thicken.
"The Blind Sailor" by Theodore Goodridge Roberts
Ah, my deare angrie Lord,
Since thou dost love, yet strike;
Cast down, yet help afford;
Sure I will do the like.
"Bitter-Sweet" by George Herbert
Change upon all the Eternal Gods had made
And on the Gods alike—
Fated as dawn but, as the dawn, delayed
Till the just hour should strike—
"The Last Ode" by Rudyard Kipling
When blows are rained thy blade no longer
Shall strike where clear thy war cry rose,
O man, whose love than man's seemed stronger,
Whose voice no more high Tara knows.
"The Death Of The Boar" by John Douglas Sutherland Campbell
He who was never weak in fight
Heard the loud voices strike the height;
To Grinie he cried, "Though the hounds do not bay,
I wait not their voice, to the hunt I'll away."
"The Death Of The Boar" by John Douglas Sutherland Campbell
Have yet some pity, and forbear to strike
One without power to strive, or fly alike,
Nor trample on a heart, which now must be
Towards all defenceless—most of all towards thee.
"To------." by Frances Anne Kemble

In news:

Neither side bends in Raley's strike.
a striking octagonal, stucco-and-wood, castle-like structure featured in several architectural magazines….
1 on their 18-acre Berkshire site: a striking octagonal, stucco-and-wood, castle-like structure featured in several architectural magazines.
Unique furniture, handcrafted from reclaimed materials, in a striking gallery space under the Manhattan Bridge.
Harvesting Cash The Milk Lobby Strikes Back.
They formed in 1972, but never had any success on the charts until 1980 when lightning-striked and they hit number one with 'Keep On Loving You.
If lightning strikes a lake.
Can Software Stop Bird Strikes on Wind Farms.
Israel At 'War to the Bitter End ,' Strikes Key Hamas Sites.
These doves are at once completely unnerving and strikingly beautiful.
Center, an emergency worker carries an Israeli infant from the site of a rocket strike.
The video of Derek Williams begging for help before dying in the back of a Milwaukee police squad car strikes a nerve with the victims' mothers.
Air strikes hit Gaza police.
Ever thought that 3-0 strike should have really been ball four.
Court strikes down Mich. Obama vows not to forget storm victims rebuilding.

In science:

This is a striking result, indeed the Dirac operator is not a minimum of the Higgs potential, as one could expect.
Left-Right Symmetric Models in Noncommutative Geometries?
The most striking feature of noncommutative instantons is the absence of small instanton singularity in moduli space of noncommutative instantons.
Gauge theories on noncommutative spaces
The most striking conclusion of our analysis is that, with increasing temperature, the system can undergo multiple transitions between alternating gauge theory, matrix string theory, and supergravity phases.
Duality Cascade and Oblique Phases in Non-Commutative Open String Theory
In the case of ARW the similarity between the W (∆qout ) and W (∆qin ) and the corresponding distributions in Fig. 1 in the scaling region is striking.
Adaptive Random Walks on the Class of Web Graph
Unexpectedly, it has also had striking applications in algebra.
Lectures on controlled topology: mapping cylinder neighborhoods