1. To touch or hit with some force, either with the hand or with an instrument; to smite; to give a blow to, either with the hand or with any instrument or missile. "He at Philippi kept His sword e'en like a dancer; while I struck The lean and wrinkled Cassius." (Shak)
3. To give, as a blow; to impel, as with a blow; to give a force to; to dash; to cast. "They shall take of the blood, and strike it on the two sideposts." (Ex. Xii. 7) "Who would be free, themselves must strike the blow." (Byron)
8. To lower; to let or take down; to remove; as, to strike sail; to strike a flag or an ensign, as in token of surrender; to strike a yard or a topmast in a gale; to strike a tent; to strike the centering of an arch.
9. To make a sudden impression upon, as by a blow; to affect sensibly with some strong emotion; as, to strike the mind, with surprise; to strike one with wonder, alarm, dread, or horror. "Nice works of art strike and surprise us most on the first view." (Atterbury) "They please as beauties, here as wonders strike." (Pope)
10. To affect in some particular manner by a sudden impression or impulse; as, the plan proposed strikes me favorably; to strike one dead or blind. "How often has stricken you dumb with his irony!" (Landor)
19. To lade into a cooler, as a liquor.
21. To advance; to cause to go forward; used only in past participle. "Well struck in years." To strike an attitude, To strike a balance. See Attitude, and Balance. To strike a jury To cause a player to strike out; said of the pitcher. See To strike out, under Strike, To strike sail. See Sail. To strike up. To cause to sound; to begin to beat. "Strike up the drums." . To begin to sing or play; as, to strike up a tune. To raise (as sheet metal), in making diahes, pans, etc, by blows or pressure in a die. To strike work, to quit work; to go on a strike.
Origin: Struck; Struck, Stricken (Stroock, Strucken,); Striking. Struck is more commonly used in the p.p. Than stricken] [OE. Striken to strike, proceed, flow, AS. Strican to go, proceed, akin to D. Strijken to rub, stroke, strike, to move, go, G. Streichen, OHG. Strihhan, L. Stringere to touch lightly, to graze, to strip off (but perhaps not to L. Stringere in sense to draw tight), striga a row, a furrow. Cf. Streak, Stroke.
2. To deliver a quick blow or thrust; to give blows. "And fiercely took his trenchant blade in hand, With which he stroke so furious and so fell." (Spenser) "Strike now, or else the iron cools." (Shak)
8. To pass with a quick or strong effect; to dart; to penetrate. "Till a dart strike through his liver." (Prov. Vii. 23) "Now and then a glittering beam of wit or passion strikes through the obscurity of the poem." (Dryden)
12. To become attached to something; said of the spat of oysters.
13. To steal money. To strike at, to aim a blow at. To strike for, to start suddenly on a course for. To strike home, to give a blow which reaches its object, to strike with effect. To strike in. To enter suddenly. To disappear from the surface, with internal effects, as an eruptive disease. To come in suddenly; to interpose; to interrupt. "I proposed the embassy of Constantinople for Mr. Henshaw, but my Lord Winchelsea struck in." . To join in after another has begun,as in singing. To strike in with, to conform to; to suit itself to; to side with, to join with at once. "To assert this is to strike in with the known enemies of God's grace." . To strike out. To start; to wander; to make a sudden excursion; as, to strike out into an irregular course of life. To strike with full force.
To be put out for not hitting the ball during one's turn at the bat. To strike up, to commence to play as a musician; to begin to sound, as an instrument. "Whilst any trump did sound, or drum struck up." .
1. The act of striking.
7. The act of quitting work; specifically, such an act by a body of workmen, done as a means of enforcing compliance with demands made on their employer. "Strikes are the insurrections of labour." (F. A. Walker)
8. A puddler's stirrer.
9. <geology> The horizontal direction of the outcropping edges of tilted rocks; or, the direction of a horizontal line supposed to be drawn on the surface of a tilted stratum. It is at right angles to the dip.
10. The extortion of money, or the attempt to extort money, by threat of injury; blackmailing. Strike block The act of emptying the teache, or last boiler, in which the cane juice is exposed to heat, into the coolers. The quantity of the sirup thus emptied at once.
(01 Mar 1998)
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