1. [ noun ] (work) a group's refusal to work in protest against low pay or bad work conditions
Synonyms: work_stoppage

"the strike lasted more than a month before it was settled"

Related terms: direct_action job_action sit-down walkout wildcat_strike sympathy_strike
2. [ noun ] (military) an attack that is intended to seize or inflict damage on or destroy an objective

"the strike was scheduled to begin at dawn"

Related terms: attack preventive_attack first_strike surgical_strike
3. [ noun ] (baseball) a pitch that is in the strike zone and that the batter does not hit

"this pitcher throws more strikes than balls"

Related terms: pitch
4. [ verb ] 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"

Related terms: touch slap beat knock down rap peck tap whip buffet butt dab spur jab beat clout chop sclaff sclaff hew sideswipe fell hit rap hit
5. [ verb ] have an emotional or cognitive impact upon
Synonyms: impress move affect

"This child impressed me as unusually mature" "This behavior struck me as odd"

Related terms: surprise disturb impress impress touch move hit_home sweep_away sadden awaken pierce strike_dumb zap cloud engrave infect smite jar hit motivate feel
6. [ verb ] hit against; come into sudden contact with
Synonyms: hit impinge_on collide_with run_into

"The car hit a tree" "He struck the table with his elbow"

Related terms: miss touch bump run_into ping connect collide thud spang broadside bottom bottom_out spat rear-end collision contact striker
7. [ verb ] (military) make a strategic, offensive, assault against an enemy, opponent, or a target
Synonyms: hit

"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 5-2"

Related terms: attack retaliate slice stroke chop hit shoot
8. [ verb ] indicate (a certain time) by striking

"The clock struck midnight" "Just when I entered, the clock struck"

Related terms: read
9. [ verb ] affect or afflict suddenly, usually adversely
Synonyms: hit

"We were hit by really bad weather" "He was stricken with cancer when he was still a teenager" "The earthquake struck at midnight"

Related terms: affect clap
10. [ verb ] (work) stop work in order to press demands
Synonyms: walk_out

"The auto workers are striking for higher wages" "The employees walked out when their demand for better benefits was not met"

Related terms: protest walkout
11. [ verb ] touch or seem as if touching visually or audibly
Synonyms: fall shine

"Light fell on her face" "The sun shone on the fields" "The light struck the golden necklace" "A strange sound struck my ears"

Related terms: be anticipate happen
12. [ verb ] produce by manipulating keys or strings of musical instruments, also metaphorically
Synonyms: hit

"The pianist strikes a middle C" "strike `z' on the keyboard" "her comments struck a sour note"

Related terms: touch
13. [ verb ] attain
Synonyms: come_to

"The horse finally struck a pace"

Related terms: achieve
14. [ noun ] a gentle blow
Synonyms: tap rap
Related terms: bump hit rap tap
15. [ noun ] (sport) a score in tenpins: knocking down all ten with the first ball
Synonyms: ten-strike

"he finished with three strikes in the tenth frame"

Related terms: score
16. [ verb ] cause to form between electrodes of an arc lamp

"strike an arc"

Related terms: shape
17. [ verb ] remove by erasing or crossing out
Synonyms: excise expunge

"Please strike this remark from the record"

Related terms: delete deletion
18. [ verb ] produce by ignition or a blow

"strike fire from the flintstone" "strike a match"

Related terms: make
19. [ verb ] find unexpectedly
Synonyms: come_upon discover come_across happen_upon attain chance_on chance_upon fall_upon light_upon

"the archeologists chanced upon an old tomb" "she struck a goldmine" "The hikers finally struck the main path to the lake"

Related terms: find discovery
20. [ verb ] touch or hit with a light, quick blow
Synonyms: flick

"flicked him with his hand"

Related terms: brush
21. [ verb ] find unexpectedly
Synonyms: come_upon discover come_across happen_upon light_upon chance_on fall_upon chance_upon attain

: "the archeologists chanced upon an old tomb" "she struck a goldmine" "The hikers finally struck the main path to the lake"

Related terms: find
22. [ verb ] form by stamping, punching, or printing
Synonyms: coin mint

"strike coins" "strike a medal"

Related terms: create_from_raw_material coin coiner mint mintage
23. [ verb ] cause to experience suddenly
Synonyms: hit come_to

"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"

Related terms: affect
24. [ verb ] arrive at after reckoning, deliberating, and weighing

"strike a balance" "strike a bargain"

Related terms: solve
25. [ verb ] smooth with a strickle
Synonyms: strickle

"strickle the grain in the measure"

Related terms: level smooth
26. [ verb ] occupy or take on, as of a position or posture
Synonyms: take assume take_up

"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"

Related terms: move fill
27. [ verb ] drive something violently into a location
Synonyms: hit

"he hit his fist on the table" "she struck her head on the low ceiling"

Related terms: move smash
28. [ verb ] pierce with force

"The bullet struck her thigh" "The icy wind struck through our coats"

Related terms: penetrate
29. [ noun ] a conspicuous success
Synonyms: hit smasher smash bang

"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"

Related terms: success sleeper blockbuster
Similar spelling:   striker