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Definition of "strike" []

  • To hit sharply, as with the hand, the fist, or a weapon. (verb-transitive)
  • To inflict (a blow). (verb-transitive)
  • To penetrate or pierce: was struck in the leg by a bullet. (verb-transitive)
  • To collide with or crash into: She struck the desk with her knee. (verb-transitive)
  • To cause to come into violent or forceful contact: She struck her knee against the desk. (verb-transitive)
  • To deliver (a blow or stroke) to (a person) (verb)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

  • To come or cause to come into sudden or violent contact (with) (verb)
  • To make an attack on (verb)
  • To produce (fire, sparks, etc) or (of fire, sparks, etc) to be produced by ignition (verb)
  • To cause (a match) to light by friction or (of a match) to be lighted (verb)
  • To press (the key of a piano, organ, etc) or to sound (a specific note) in this or a similar way (verb)
  • To indicate (a specific time) by the sound of a hammer striking a bell or by any other percussive sound (verb)
  • (of a venomous snake) to cause injury by biting (verb)
  • To affect or cause to affect deeply, suddenly, or radically, as if by dealing a blow (verb)
  • To render incapable or nearly so (verb)
  • To enter the mind of (verb)
  • To render (verb)
  • To be perceived by; catch (verb)
  • To arrive at or come upon (something), esp suddenly or unexpectedly (verb)
  • To set (out) or proceed, esp upon a new course (verb)
  • To afflict with a disease, esp unexpectedly (verb)
  • To discover or come upon a source of (ore, petroleum, etc) (verb)
  • (of a plant) to produce or send down (a root or roots) (verb)
  • To take apart or pack up; break (esp in the phrase strike camp) (verb)
  • To take down or dismantle (a stage set, formwork, etc) (verb)
  • To lower or remove (a specified piece of gear) (verb)
  • To haul down or dip (a flag, sail, etc) in salute or in surrender (verb)
  • To lower (cargo, etc) into the hold of a ship (verb)
  • To attack (an objective) with the intention of causing damage to, seizing, or destroying it (verb)
  • To impale the hook in the mouth of (a fish) by suddenly tightening or jerking the line after the bait or fly has been taken (verb)
  • To form or impress (a coin, metal, etc) by or as if by stamping (verb)
  • To level (a surface) by use of a flat board (verb)
  • To assume or take up (an attitude, posture, etc) (verb)
  • (of workers in a factory, etc) to cease work collectively as a protest against working conditions, low pay, etc (verb)
  • To reach by agreement (verb)
  • To form (a jury, esp a special jury) by cancelling certain names among those nominated for jury service until only the requisite number remains (verb)
  • To make (a certain number of strokes) per minute (verb)
  • To make a stroke or kick in swimming (verb)
  • (in Malaysia) to win (a lottery or raffle) (verb)
  • An act or instance of striking (noun)
  • A cessation of work by workers in a factory, industry, etc, as a protest against working conditions or low pay (noun)
  • A military attack, esp an air attack on a surface target (noun)
  • A pitched ball judged good but missed or not swung at, three of which cause a batter to be out (noun)
  • The act or an instance of knocking down all the pins with the first bowl of a single frame (noun)
  • The score thus made (noun)
  • A sound made by striking (noun)
  • The mechanism that makes a clock strike (noun)
  • The discovery of a source of ore, petroleum, etc (noun)
  • The horizontal direction of a fault, rock stratum, etc, which is perpendicular to the direction of the dip (noun)
  • The act or an instance of striking (noun)
  • The number of coins or medals made at one time (noun)
  • An unexpected or complete success, esp one that brings financial gain (noun)

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Use "strike" in a sentence
  • "We talked about Amelia, who had yesterday gone on a word strike and insisted on pantomiming."
  • "Clearly we need to open Gold and prepare a business continuity plan, appointing a silver for each BCU with daily updates to Gold on how the strike is affecting police performance."
  • "So, now that the strike is a certainty, what can AirFrance-KLM do now, and how can they deal with this better in the future, to minimize impact on …"