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  Definition of Strike
  1. 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"
  2. a pitch that is in the strike zone and that the batter does not hit; "this pitcher throws more strikes than balls"
  3. a score in tenpins: knocking down all ten with the first ball; "he finished with three strikes in the tenth frame"
  4. an attack that is intended to seize or inflict damage on or destroy an objective; "the strike was scheduled to begin at dawn"
  5. 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"
  6. a gentle blow
  7. cause to form between electrodes of an arc lamp; "strike an arc"
  8. arrive at after reckoning, deliberating, and weighing; "strike a balance"; "strike a bargain"
  9. indicate (a certain time) by striking; "The clock struck midnight"; "Just when I entered, the clock struck"
  10. 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
  11. 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"
  12. 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"
  13. pierce with force; "The bullet struck her thigh"; "The icy wind struck through our coats"
  14. hit against; come into sudden contact with; "The car hit a tree"; "He struck the table with his elbow"
  15. smooth with a strickle; "strickle the grain in the measure"
  16. 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"
  17. remove by erasing or crossing out; "Please strike this remark from the record"
  18. form by stamping, punching, or printing; "strike coins"; "strike a medal"
  19. produce by ignition or a blow; "strike fire from the flintstone"; "strike a match"
  20. have an emotional or cognitive impact upon; "This child impressed me as unusually mature"; "This behavior struck me as odd"
  21. 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"
  22. drive something violently into a location; "he hit his fist on the table"; "she struck her head on the low ceiling"
  23. 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"
  24. find unexpectedly; "the archeologists chanced upon an old tomb"; "she struck a goldmine"; "The hikers finally struck the main path to the lake"
  25. 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"
  26. attain; "The horse finally struck a pace"
  27. 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"
Similar Words: hit, smash, smasher, bang, ten-strike, work stoppage, rap, tap, impinge on, run into, collide with, strickle, expunge, excise, mint, coin, affect, impress, move, assume, take, take up, come to, fall upon, come upon, light upon, chance upon, come across, chance on, happen upon, attain, discover, walk out, fall, shine


See Also: fell, drop, strike down, cut down


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


Grouped Verbs: shoot, hit, pip, impinge on, run into, collide with, come to, motivate, actuate, propel, move, prompt, incite, fill, take, affect, impress


Entailments: smooth, smoothen


Derivational Morphology: hit, walk out, tap, rap, knock, pink, tip, impinge on, run into, collide with, knap, hitter, striker, contact, impinging, striking, collision, hitting, deletion, excision, cut, expunction, expunging, erasure, coin, coiner, minter, moneyer, mint, mintage, affect, discovery, find, uncovering, walkout, work stoppage


Language Translations:
Breton: harz-labour   Chinese: 罷工  
Croatian: štrajk   Dutch: staking  
Esperanto: striko   Finnish: lakko  
French: grève   German: Streik  
Hungarian: sztrájk   Italian: sciopero  
Korean: 파업   Malayalam: സമരം  
Portuguese: greve   Russian: забастовка  
Spanish: huelga   Swedish: strejk  
Telugu: సమ్మె  
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