Definition of


  1. (noun, act) a conspicuous success
    that new Broadway show is a real smasher
    the party went with a bang
  2. (noun, act) (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
  3. (noun, act) a score in tenpins: knocking down all ten with the first ball
  4. (noun, act) an attack that is intended to seize or inflict damage on or destroy an objective
  5. (noun, act) a group's refusal to work in protest against low pay or bad work conditions
  6. (noun, event) a gentle blow
  7. (verb, change) cause to form (an electric arc) between electrodes of an arc lamp
  8. (verb, cognition) arrive at after reckoning, deliberating, and weighing
    strike a bargain
  9. (verb, communication) indicate (a certain time) by striking
    Just when I entered, the clock struck
  10. (verb, competition) make a strategic, offensive, assault against an enemy, opponent, or a target
    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
  11. (verb, contact) affect or afflict suddenly, usually adversely
    He was stricken with cancer when he was still a teenager
    The earthquake struck at midnight
  12. (verb, contact) produce by manipulating keys or strings of musical instruments, also metaphorically
    strike `z' on the keyboard
    her comments struck a sour note
  13. (verb, contact) pierce with force
    The icy wind struck through our coats
  14. (verb, contact) hit against; come into sudden contact with
    He struck the table with his elbow
  15. (verb, contact) smooth with a strickle
  16. (verb, contact) deliver a sharp blow, as with the hand, fist, or weapon
    the opponent refused to strike
    The boxer struck the attacker dead
  17. (verb, contact) remove by erasing or crossing out or as if by drawing a line
    scratch that remark
  18. (verb, creation) form by stamping, punching, or printing
    strike a medal
  19. (verb, creation) produce by ignition or a blow
    strike a match
  20. (verb, emotion) have an emotional or cognitive impact upon
    This behavior struck me as odd
  21. (verb, motion) occupy or take on
    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
  22. (verb, motion) drive something violently into a location
    she struck her head on the low ceiling
  23. (verb, perception) cause to experience suddenly
    An interesting idea hit her
    A thought came to me
    The thought struck terror in our minds
    They were struck with fear
  24. (verb, possession) find unexpectedly
    she struck a goldmine
    The hikers finally struck the main path to the lake
  25. (verb, social) stop work in order to press demands
    The employees walked out when their demand for better benefits was not met
  26. (verb, social) attain
  27. (verb, stative) touch or seem as if touching visually or audibly
    The sun shone on the fields
    The light struck the golden necklace
    A strange sound struck my ears

via WordNet, Princeton University

Alternate forms of Strike

Derivations: strike, striker, striking

Hyponyms: alienate, awaken, bang, batter, beak, beat, blockbuster, bottom, bottom out, broadside, buffet, bump, bump into, bunt, butt, butt against, chop, clash, cloud, clout, collide, connect, cut down, dab, disturb, down, engrave, first strike, glance, hew, hit home, impress, infect, ingrain, instill, jab, jar, jar against, knap, knock, knock about, knock against, knock down, lash, megahit, move, pat, peck, pick, pierce, ping, preventive attack, preventive strike, pull down, push down, rap, rear-end, retaliate, run into, sadden, sclaff, sideswipe, sit-down, sit-down strike, slap, sleeper, slice, smash, smash hit, smite, spang, spat, spur, stir, strike a chord, strike a note, strike back, strike dumb, strike hard, strike home, stroke, stub, surgical strike, surprise, sweep away, sweep off, sympathetic strike, sympathy strike, tap, thud, tip, touch, trouble, upset, walkout, whip, wildcat strike, zap

Hypernyms: accomplish, achieve, affect, assail, attack, attain, bear on, bear upon, blow, bump, cancel, come about, create, create from raw material, create from raw stuff, delete, delivery, displace, dissent, even, even out, fall out, figure out, find, flush, form, go on, hap, happen, impact, job action, level, lick, make, move, occur, onrush, onset, onslaught, pass, pass off, penetrate, perforate, pitch, protest, puzzle out, reach, read, record, regain, register, resist, score, shape, show, solve, success, take place, touch, touch on, work, work out

Origin of the word Strike

  1. O.E. strican "pass over lightly, stroke, smooth, rub," also "go, proceed" (past tense strac, pp. stricen), from P.Gmc. *strik- (cf. O.N. strykva "to stroke," O.Fris. strika, M.Du. streken, Du. strikjen "to smooth, stroke, rub," O.H.G. strihhan, Ger. streichen), from PIE base *str(e)ig- "to stroke, rub,… more
  2. "concentrated cessation of work by a body of employees," 1810, from verb meaning "refuse to work to force an employer to meet demands" (1768), from strike (v.). Perhaps from notion of striking or "downing" one's tools, or from sailors' practice of striking (lowering) a ship's sails as a symbol of refusal to go to sea (1768), which preserves the verb's original sen… more

via Online Etymology Dictionary, ©2001 Douglas Harper

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