(noun, verb)


1. 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

Definition categories: act

2. an attack that is intended to seize or inflict damage on or destroy an objective

- the strike was scheduled to begin at dawn

Definition categories: act, attack, onrush, onset, onslaught

3. a gentle blow

Similar word(s): rap, tap

Definition categories: event, blow, bump

4. a score in tenpins: knocking down all ten with the first ball

- he finished with three strikes in the tenth frame

Definition categories: act, score

5. (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

Definition categories: act, delivery, pitch

6. a conspicuous success

Similar word(s): bang, hit, smash, smasher

Definition categories: act, success


1. deliver a sharp blow, as with the hand, fist, or weapon

- the opponent refused to strike

Definition categories: contact, touch

2. have an emotional or cognitive impact upon

Similar word(s): affect, impress, move

Definition categories: emotion

3. hit against; come into sudden contact with

Similar word(s): hit

Definition categories: contact, touch

4. make a strategic, offensive, assault against an enemy, opponent, or a target

- We must strike the enemy's oil fields

Similar word(s): hit

Definition categories: competition, assail, attack

5. indicate (a certain time) by striking

Definition categories: communication, read, record, register, show

6. affect or afflict suddenly, usually adversely

Similar word(s): hit

Definition categories: contact, affect, impact, touch

7. stop work in order to press demands

Definition categories: social, dissent, protest, resist

8. touch or seem as if touching visually or audibly

Similar word(s): fall, shine

Definition categories: stative, hap, happen, occur, pass

9. attain

Definition categories: social, accomplish, achieve, attain, reach

10. produce by manipulating keys or strings of musical instruments

- The pianist strikes a middle C

- strike `z' on the keyboard

Similar word(s): hit

Definition categories: contact, touch

11. cause to form (an electric arc) between electrodes of an arc lamp

- strike an arc

Definition categories: change, form, shape

12. find unexpectedly

Similar word(s): attain, discover

Definition categories: possession, find, regain

13. produce by ignition or a blow

- strike fire from the flintstone

- strike a match

Definition categories: creation, create, make

14. remove by erasing or crossing out or as if by drawing a line

- Please strike this remark from the record

Similar word(s): excise, expunge, scratch

Definition categories: contact, cancel, delete

15. cause to experience suddenly

Similar word(s): hit

Definition categories: perception

16. drive something violently into a location

Similar word(s): hit

Definition categories: motion, displace, move

17. occupy or take on

- strike a pose

Similar word(s): assume, take

Definition categories: motion, move

18. disassemble a temporary structure, such as a tent or a theatrical set

- after the show, we'll have to strike the set and pack up

Definition categories: creation, disassemble, dismantle

19. form by stamping, punching, or printing

- strike coins

- strike a medal

Similar word(s): coin, mint

Definition categories: creation

20. smooth with a strickle

Similar word(s): strickle

Definition categories: contact, even, flush, level

21. pierce with force

Definition categories: contact, penetrate, perforate

22. arrive at after reckoning, deliberating, and weighing

- strike a balance

- strike a bargain

Definition categories: cognition, lick, solve, work

Sentences with strike as a verb:

- Please strike the last sentence.

- Strike the door sharply with your foot and see if it comes loose.  A bullet struck him.  The ship struck a reef.

- A hammer strikes against the bell of a clock.

- We will strike a medal in your honour.

- The clock struck twelve.  The drums strike up a march.

- to strike a light

- to strike a match

- A tree strikes its roots deep.

- The first thing to strike my eye was a beautiful pagoda.  Tragedy struck when his brother was killed in a bush fire.

- to strike money

- to strike the mind with surprise;  to strike somebody with wonder, alarm, dread, or horror

- The proposed plan strikes me favourably.  May the Lord strike down those sinners!  I was struck dumb with astonishment.

- to strike into reputation;  to strike into a run

- to strike a bargain