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verb (pastand past participle struck /strək/)
1 [with object] hit forcibly and deliberately with one’s hand or a weapon or other implement:he raised his hand, as if to strike me one man was struck on the head with a stick [no object]:Edgar struck out at her inflict (a blow): [with two objects]:he struck her two blows on the leg accidentally hit (a part of one’s body) against something:she fell, striking her head against the side of the boat come into forcible contact or collision with:he was struck by a car on Whitepark Road (of a beam or ray of light or heat) fall on (an object or surface):the light struck her ring, reflecting off the diamond (in sporting contexts) hit or kick (a ball) so as to score a run, point, or goal:he struck the ball into the back of the net [no object] (of a clock) indicate the time by sounding a chime or stroke: [with complement]:the church clock struck twelve ignite (a match) by rubbing it briskly against an abrasive surface. produce (fire or a spark) as a result of friction:his iron stick struck sparks from the pavement bring (an electric arc) into being. produce (a musical note) by pressing or hitting a key. 2 [with object] (of a disaster, disease, or other unwelcome phenomenon) occur suddenly and have harmful or damaging effects on:an earthquake struck the island [no object]:tragedy struck when he was killed in a car crash [as adjectivein combination]: (struck)storm-struck areas [no object] carry out an aggressive or violent action, typically without warning:it was eight months before the murderer struck again
(usually be struck down
) kill or seriously incapacitate (someone):he was struck down by a mystery virus
(strike something into
) cause or create a particular strong emotion in (someone):drugs—a subject guaranteed to strike fear into parents' hearts
[with object and complement] cause (someone) to be in a specified state:he was struck dumb 3 [with object] (of a thought or idea) come into the mind of (someone) suddenly or unexpectedly:a disturbing thought struck Melissa cause (someone) to have a particular impression: [with clause]:it struck him that Marjorie was unusually silent the idea struck her as odd
(be struck by/with
) find particularly interesting, noticeable, or impressive:Lucy was struck by the ethereal beauty of the scene
4 [no object] (of employees) refuse to work as a form of organized protest, typically in an attempt to obtain a particular concession or concessions from their employer:workers may strike over threatened job losses [with object] North American undertake an organized protest against (an employer). 5 [with object] cancel, remove, or cross out with or as if with a pen:strike his name from the list striking words through with a pen
(strike someone off
) officially remove someone from membership of a professional group:he had been struck off as a disgrace to the profession
(strike something down
) North American abolish a law or regulation:the law was struck down by the Supreme Court
6 [with object] make (a coin or medal) by stamping metal. (in cinematography) make (another print) of a film. reach, achieve, or agree to (something involving agreement, balance, or compromise):the team has struck a deal with a sports marketing agency you have to strike a happy medium (in financial contexts) reach (a figure) by balancing an account:last year’s loss was struck after allowing for depreciation of 67 million dollars Canadian form (a committee):the government struck a committee to settle the issue 7 [with object] discover (gold, minerals, or oil) by drilling or mining. [no object]
) discover or think of, especially unexpectedly or by chance:pondering, she struck upon a brilliant idea
come to or reach:several days out of the village, we struck the Gilgit Road 8 [no object] move or proceed vigorously or purposefully:she struck out into the lake with a practiced crawl he struck off down the track
) start out on a new or independent course or endeavor:after two years he was able to strike out on his own
9 [with object] take down (a tent or the tents of an encampment):it took ages to strike camp dismantle (theatrical scenery):the minute we finish this evening, they’ll start striking the set lower or take down (a flag or sail), especially as a salute or to signify surrender:the ship struck her German colors 10 [with object] insert (a cutting of a plant) in soil to take root. [no object] (of a plant or cutting) develop roots:small conifers will strike from cuttings [no object] (of a young oyster) attach itself to a bed. 11 [no object] Fishing secure a hook in the mouth of a fish by jerking or tightening the line after it has taken the bait or fly.
1a refusal to work organized by a body of employees as a form of protest, typically in an attempt to gain a concession or concessions from their employer:dockers voted for an all-out strike local government workers went on strike [as modifier]:strike action [with modifier] a refusal to do something expected or required, typically by a body of people, with a similar aim:a rent strike 2a sudden attack, typically a military one:the threat of nuclear strikes (in bowling) an act of knocking down all the pins with one’s first ball. Fishing an act or instance of jerking or tightening the line to secure a fish that has already taken the bait or fly. 3a discovery of gold, minerals, or oil by drilling or mining:the Lena goldfields strike of 1912 4 Baseball a pitch that is counted against the batter, in particular one that the batter swings at and misses, or that passes through the strike zone without the batter swinging, or that the batter hits foul (unless two strikes have already been called). A batter accumulating three strikes is out. a pitch that passes through the strike zone and is not hit. North American something to one’s discredit:when they returned from Vietnam they had two strikes against them 5the horizontal or compass direction of a stratum, fault, or other geological feature.
1discover gold during the course of drilling or mining:as miners explored further, they struck gold in other nearby areas 2be very successful in an undertaking or enterprise:he struck gold with his first picture, which was nominated for two Oscars
1retaliate:he struck back at critics who claim he is too negative 2(of a gas burner) burn from an internal point before the gas has become mixed with air.