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Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the verb strike:

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Definition of the noun strike

What does strike mean as a name of something?

Strike is one of the top 1000 most common nouns in the English language.

noun - plural: strikes

  1. a group's refusal to work in protest against low pay or bad work conditions
    • example: the strike lasted more than a month before it was settled
    • lexical domain: Acts - nouns denoting acts or actions
    • synonym of strike: work stoppage
    • more generic term: job action = a temporary action by workers to protest management decision or to make demands
    • more specific terms:
  2. an attack that is intended to seize or inflict damage on or destroy an objective
    • example: the strike was scheduled to begin at dawn
    • lexical domain: Acts - nouns denoting acts or actions
    • more generic words: attack / onrush / onset / onslaught = an offensive against an enemy
    • more specific terms:
      • first strike = the initial use of nuclear weapons to attack a country that also has nuclear weapons
      • surgical strike = an attack (usually without prior warning) intended to deal only with a specific target
      • preventive attack / preventive strike = a strike that is carried out in order to deter expected aggression by hostile forces
  3. a gentle blow
  4. a score in tenpins: knocking down all ten with the first ball
    • example: he finished with three strikes in the tenth frame
    • lexical domain: Acts - nouns denoting acts or actions
    • synonym of strike: ten-strike
    • more generic word: score = the act of scoring in a game or sport
  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
    • example: this pitcher throws more strikes than balls
    • lexical domain: Acts - nouns denoting acts or actions
    • more generic words: delivery / pitch = the act of throwing a baseball by a pitcher to a batter
  6. a conspicuous success

Alternative definition of the noun strike

noun

  1. [baseball] a status resulting from a batter swinging and missing a pitch, or not swinging at a pitch in the strike zone, or hitting a foul ball that is not caught
  2. [context: bowling] the act of knocking down all ten pins in on the first roll of a frame
  3. a work stoppage as a form of protest
  4. a blow or application of physical force against something
  5. [finance] In an option contract, the price at which the holder buys or sells if they choose to exercise the option.
  6. An old English measure of corn equal to the bushel.
  7. [cricket] the status of being the batsman that the bowler is bowling at
  8. the primary face of a hammer, opposite the peen

Specialised definition of the noun strike

Glossary of sports / baseball

a ball thrown by the pitcher into the strike zone, or any ball at which the batter swings and misses (2005. Chambers Sports Factfinder. Chambers Harrap Publishers Ltd)

Glossary of sports / bowling

the feat of knocking down all ten pins with the first ball. The score for the frame is 10 plus the total number of pins knocked down by the next two balls

Glossary of sports / boxing

knocking down ail ten pins in one attempt (2005. Chambers Sports Factfinder. Chambers Harrap Publishers Ltd)

Definition of the verb strike

What does strike mean as a doing word?

Strike is one of the top 1000 most common verbs in the English language.

verb - inflections:

 simple pastpast participlepresent participlethird-person singular
deletestruckstrickenstrikingstrikes
hitstruckstruckstrikingstrikes
hitstruckstrickenstrikingstrikes

  1. deliver a sharp blow, as with the hand, fist, or weapon
    • examples: the opponent refused to strike | The fighter managed to strike his opponent
    • syntax:
      Syntactic formulaExample for the syntactic formulaVerbs with the same syntax
      [Theme - concrete object] [Verb] against / into / onto [Location]The grocery cart hit against the wallVerbs of Contact by Impact: bang, bash, brush, bump, butt, clang, clash, clatter, collide, crack, crash, crunch, hammer, knock, ram, rap, slam, slap, smack, smash, squash, thud, thump
      [Theme - concrete object, plural] [Verb] togetherThe grocery carts thudded together
      [Agent - intentional control] [Verb] at [Patient]Paul hit at the window | Paula swatted at the flyVerbs of Contact by Impact: batter, beat, bump, butt, drum, hammer, hit, jab, kick, knock, lash, pound, rap, slap, smack, smash, tap
      [Agent - intentional control] [Verb] at [Patient] with [Instrument]Paul hit at the window with an open hand | Paula swatted at the fly with a dishcloth
      [Agent - intentional control] [Verb] [Instrument]Paul hit her elbow
      [Agent - intentional control] [Verb] [Instrument] against / on [Patient]Paul hit her elbow on the doorknob
      [Agent - intentional control] [Verb] [Patient]Paula hit the ball | Paula spanked the child | Paula swatted the fly
      [Agent - intentional control] [Verb] [Patient] [Adjective]Paul kicked the door open | Paula bit the bag open | They spanked him dead
      [Agent - intentional control] [Verb] [Patient] [Adjective] with [Instrument]Paul hit the door open with his foot | Paula swatted the fly dead with a dishcloth
      [Agent - intentional control] [Verb] [Patient] to / into [Oblique, state]Paul hit the window to pieces
      [Agent - intentional control] [Verb] [Patient] to / into [Oblique, state] with [Instrument]Paul hit the window to pieces with a hammer
      [Agent - intentional control] [Verb] [Patient] with [Instrument]Paula hit the ball with a stick | Paula spanked the child with her right hand | Paula swatted the fly with a dishcloth
      [Agent - intentional control] [Verb] [Patient, plural] togetherPaula hit the sticks together
      [Instrument - body part or reflexive] [Verb] [Patient]The stick hit the fence
      [Instrument - body part or reflexive] [Verb] [Patient] [Adjective]The stick hit the door open
      [Instrument - body part or reflexive] [Verb] [Patient] to / into [Oblique, state]The hammer hit the window to pieces
    • lexical domain: Contact - verbs of touching, hitting, tying, digging
    • more generic word: touch = make physical contact with, come in contact with
    • more specific terms:
      • jab = strike or punch with quick and short blows
      • dab / pat = hit lightly
      • bunt / butt = to strike, thrust or shove against
      • strike hard / knock = deliver a sharp blow or push
      • knock down / pull down / push down / cut down / down = cause to come or go down
      • spur = strike with a spur
      • beak / peck / pick = hit lightly with a picking motion
      • tap / tip = strike lightly
      • hew = strike with an axe
      • sideswipe = strike from the side
      • lash / whip = strike as if by whipping
      • beat = hit repeatedly
      • beat = strike (a part of one's own body) repeatedly, as in great emotion or in accompaniment to music
      • sclaff = strike (the ground) in making a sclaff
      • clout = strike hard, especially with the fist
      • knap / rap = strike sharply
      • chop = strike sharply, as in some sports
      • slap = hit with something flat, like a paddle or the open hand
      • sclaff = strike (a golf ball) such that the ground is scraped first
      • knock about / batter / buffet = strike against forcefully
  2. have an emotional or cognitive impact upon
  3. hit against; come into sudden contact with
  4. make a strategic, offensive, assault against an enemy, opponent, or a target
    • example: We must strike the enemy's oil fields
    • lexical domain: Competition - verbs of fighting, athletic activities
    • synonym of strike: hit
    • more generic words: assail / attack = launch an attack or assault on
    • more specific terms:
      • slice = hit a ball so that it causes a backspin
      • chop = hit sharply
      • stroke = strike a ball with a smooth blow
      • strike back / retaliate = make a counterattack and return like for like, especially evil for evil
  5. indicate (a certain time) by striking
  6. affect or afflict suddenly, usually adversely
  7. stop work in order to press demands
    • lexical domain: Activities - verbs of political and social activities and events
    • synonym of strike: walk out
    • more generic words: dissent / protest / resist = express opposition through action or words
  8. touch or seem as if touching visually or audibly
  9. attain
  10. produce by manipulating keys or strings of musical instruments
    • examples: The pianist strikes a middle C | strike `z' on the keyboard
    • syntax: the same syntax as for the sense 5
    • lexical domain: Contact - verbs of touching, hitting, tying, digging
    • synonym of strike: hit
    • more generic word: touch = make physical contact with, come in contact with
  11. cause to form (an electric arc) between electrodes of an arc lamp
    • example: strike an arc
    • lexical domain: Change - verbs of size, temperature change, intensifying, etc.
    • more generic words: form / shape = give shape or form to
  12. find unexpectedly
  13. produce by ignition or a blow
    • examples: strike fire from the flintstone | strike a match
    • lexical domain: Creation - verbs of sewing, baking, painting, performing
    • more generic words: create / make = make or cause to be or to become
  14. remove by erasing or crossing out or as if by drawing a line
    • example: Please strike this remark from the record
    • lexical domain: Contact - verbs of touching, hitting, tying, digging
    • synonyms of strike: excise / expunge / scratch
    • more generic words: cancel / delete = remove or make invisible
  15. cause to experience suddenly
  16. drive something violently into a location
    • lexical domain: Motions - verbs of walking, flying, swimming
    • synonym of strike: hit
    • more generic words: displace / move = cause to move or shift into a new position or place, both in a concrete and in an abstract sense
    • more specific word: smash = hit violently
  17. occupy or take on
    • example: strike a pose
    • lexical domain: Motions - verbs of walking, flying, swimming
    • synonyms of strike: assume / take / take up
    • more generic word: move = move so as to change position, perform a nontranslational motion
  18. disassemble a temporary structure, such as a tent or a theatrical set
  19. form by stamping, punching, or printing
  20. smooth with a strickle
    • syntax:
      Syntactic formulaExample for the syntactic formula
      [Agent - intentional control] [Verb] at [Patient]Paul hit at the window | Paula swatted at the fly
      [Agent - intentional control] [Verb] at [Patient] with [Instrument]Paul hit at the window with an open hand | Paula swatted at the fly with a dishcloth
      [Agent - intentional control] [Verb] [Instrument]Paul hit her elbow
      [Agent - intentional control] [Verb] [Instrument] against / on [Patient]Paul hit her elbow on the doorknob
      [Agent - intentional control] [Verb] [Patient]Paula hit the ball | Paula spanked the child | Paula swatted the fly
      [Agent - intentional control] [Verb] [Patient] [Adjective]Paul kicked the door open | Paula bit the bag open | They spanked him dead
      [Agent - intentional control] [Verb] [Patient] [Adjective] with [Instrument]Paul hit the door open with his foot | Paula swatted the fly dead with a dishcloth
      [Agent - intentional control] [Verb] [Patient] to / into [Oblique, state]Paul hit the window to pieces
      [Agent - intentional control] [Verb] [Patient] to / into [Oblique, state] with [Instrument]Paul hit the window to pieces with a hammer
      [Agent - intentional control] [Verb] [Patient] with [Instrument]Paula hit the ball with a stick | Paula spanked the child with her right hand | Paula swatted the fly with a dishcloth
      [Agent - intentional control] [Verb] [Patient, plural] togetherPaula hit the sticks together
      [Instrument - body part or reflexive] [Verb] [Patient]The stick hit the fence
      [Instrument - body part or reflexive] [Verb] [Patient] [Adjective]The stick hit the door open
      [Instrument - body part or reflexive] [Verb] [Patient] to / into [Oblique, state]The hammer hit the window to pieces

      Verbs of Contact by Impact (with the same syntax): batter, beat, bump, butt, drum, hammer, hit, jab, kick, knock, lash, pound, rap, slap, smack, smash, tap.

    • lexical domain: Contact - verbs of touching, hitting, tying, digging
    • synonym of strike: strickle
    • more generic terms: even / even out / flush / level = make level or straight
    • entailment: smooth / smoothen = make smooth or smoother, as if by rubbing
  21. pierce with force
    • lexical domain: Contact - verbs of touching, hitting, tying, digging
    • more generic words: penetrate / perforate = pass into or through, often by overcoming resistance
  22. arrive at after reckoning, deliberating, and weighing
    • examples: strike a balance | strike a bargain
    • lexical domain: Cognition - verbs of thinking, judging, analyzing, doubting
    • more generic terms: figure out / lick / puzzle out / solve / work / work out = find the solution to (a problem or question) or understand the meaning of

Alternative definition of the verb strike

verb

  1. [transitive] To delete or cross out; to scratch or eliminate.
  2. [transitive] To hit.
  3. [intransitive] To stop working to achieve better working conditions.
  4. [transitive] To impress, seem or appear (to).
  5. [transitive] To manufacture, as by stamping.
  6. [nautical] To haul down, or lower a mast, a flag or cargo, etc.
  7. [nautical] To capitulate: to signal a surrender by hauling down the colours.
  8. (theatrical) To dismantle and take away the set; (strike the set)
  9. [transitive] Of a clock, to announce (an hour of the day), usually by one or more sounds.
  10. [sport] To score a goal.

Specialised definition of the verb strike

Glossary of sports / cricket

if a batsman has the strike, he will receive the next ball (2005. Chambers Sports Factfinder. Chambers Harrap Publishers Ltd)

Person

Who is Strike?

Strike is an actor.

Groups

  1. Strike were a British dance band formed in 1994 consisting of Matt Cantor, Andy Gardner and the vocalist Victoria Newton.
  2. Strike is a Brazilian musical group.
    • albums: "Desvio de Conduta", "Hipertativo", "Nova Aurora"
  3. Strike is a musical group.
    • album: "Gilla mycke penga"
  4. Strike is a musical group.
    • album: "Radio Songs"

There are other groups with in their name, like Strike!!!, 3rd Strike, Full Strike, Strike Back, Cobra Strike, Strike Twice, Strike Under, Rising Strike, General strike, Keyside Strike, Autolite Strike, Strike Anywhere, strike-anywhere, The Strike Boys, Signal to Strike, preemptive strike 0. 1 and International Strike Force.

Business

Strike is a record label.

Music

  1. "Strike" a.k.a. "Strike!" is the debut album released by The Baseballs, a German rock 'n' roll cover band, in 2009.
  2. "Strike" is a musical album of Les Thugs.
    • released in (19 years ago)
  3. "Strike" is a composition, cataloged instance.
  4. "Strike" is a musical album of Newworldaquarium.
    • released on (10 years ago)
  5. "Strike" a.k.a. "Strike!!!" is a musical album of Gary D..
    • released in (14 years ago)
  6. "Strike" is a musical album of Bambole di Pezza.
    • released on (11 years ago)
  7. "Strike" is a musical EP of Crypsis.
    • released on (4 years ago)
  8. "Strike" is a musical album of Attentat Rock.
    • released in (30 years ago)
  9. "Strike" is a musical album of Job Karma.
    • released in (10 years ago)
  10. "Strike" a.k.a. "STRIKE!" is a musical album of Fifty Foot Combo.
  11. "Strike" is a musical album of Scum Of Toytown.
  12. "Strike" is a musical album of Axis of Advance.
  13. "Strike" is a composition.

Films

  1. "Strike" is a 1925 silent film made in the Soviet Union by Sergei Eisenstein. It was Eisenstein's first full-length feature film, and he would go on to make The Battleship Potemkin later that year. It was acted by the Proletcult Theatre, and composed of six parts. It was in turn, intended to be one part of a seven-part series, entitled Towards Dictatorship, that was left unfinished. Eisenstein's influential essay, Montage of Attractions was written between Strike's production and premiere.
  2. "Strike" is a Polish language film produced by a mainly German group, released in 2006 and directed by Volker Schlöndorff. The film is broadly a docudrama. It covers the formation of Solidarity. The action centers around work and labor organizing in the Lenin Shipyard in Gdańsk, Poland.
  3. "Strike" a.k.a. "The Hairy Bird", also released under the titles Strike! in Canada and All I Wanna Do in the United States, is a 1998 comedy film written and directed by Sarah Kernochan. It stars Kirsten Dunst, Gaby Hoffman, Monica Keena, Heather Matarazzo and Rachael Leigh Cook as students of the fictional Miss Godard's Preparatory School for Girls, and Lynn Redgrave as the school's headmistress. The film takes place in 1963 and focuses on several students' plotting and sabotage of a proposed merger for the school to go coed.
  4. "Strike" is an Australian film directed by George Young. It is considered a lost film.
    • country: Australia
    • language: Silent film
    • genre: Silent film
    • released in (103 years ago)
  5. "Strike" a.k.a. "7-10 Split" es una película estadounidense del 2007 interpretada por Ross Patterson, Tara Reid, y Vinnie Jones. Ha sido lanzada en algunos mercados europeos en 2007, y Japón en 2008. Ha sido renombrada como Strike para el lanzamiento en DVD para EE.UU. el 9 de junio de 2009.

Miscellanea

  1. Strike: A strike is a directed physical attack with either an inanimate object or with a part of the human body intended to cause blunt trauma or penetrating trauma upon an opponent. There are many different varieties of strikes. An attack with the hand closed into a fist is called a punch; an attack with the leg or foot is referred to as a kick; and an attack with the head is called a headbutt. There are also other variations employed in martial arts and combat sports. Buffet or beat refer to repeatedly and violently striking an opponent. Also commonly referred to as a combination, or combo, especially in boxing or fighting video games.
    • also known as Striking
  2. Strike: A strike is a term used in bowling to indicate that all of the pins have been knocked down with the first ball of a frame. On a bowling score sheet, a strike is symbolized by an X.
  3. Strike a.k.a. Scyther is one of the species of Pokémon creatures from the Pokémon media franchise.

Phrases with Strike

Phrases starting with the word Strike:

  1. strike up
  2. strike off
  3. strike out
  4. strike pay
  5. strike back
  6. strike down
  7. strike dumb
  8. Strike Gold
  9. strike hard
  10. strike home
  11. Strike rate
  12. strike zone
  13. Strike Lucky
  14. Strike plate

Phrases ending with the word Strike:

  1. On Strike
  2. to strike
  3. Air Strike
  4. ten-strike
  5. Bird strike
  6. first strike

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Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Strike

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Google previewHuman Resource Management (2007)

by S S Khanka

Forms of Industrial Disputes The industrial disputes are manifested in the following forms: Strikes: Strike is the most...

A strike is a spontaneous and concerted withdrawl of labour from production.

Google previewLabour Law in Bulgaria (2011)

by Vasil Mrŭchkov

As has already been pointed out, a strike is the ultimate means for the settlement of a labour dispute. It is a means of unilateral pressure by...

Google previewUnderstanding the Law (2007)

by Donald Carper, John McKinsey, Bill West

A strike is a concerted refusal by employees to perform the services for which they were hired.

The strike is the ultimate weapon of unions, just as the ultimate weapon of employers is the lockout—a shutdown of operations in response to union activity or demands.

Google previewThe Weekly Review (1920)

The strike is an attempt to coerce the employer, says one, and therefore is wrong. Not so, says another; capitalist industry is war, “continuous, relentless and calamitous,” while the strike is a temporary cessation of warfare, and the striker for the ...

Google previewBlack and Red (1986)

W. E. B. Du Bois and the Afro-American Response to the Cold War, 1944-1963 by Gerald Horne

" The thrust backing labor was still there though the rephrasing was both trivial 49 Every Strike Is a Dress Rehearsal for Revolution.

Google previewEisenstein, Cinema, and History (1993)

by James Goodwin

strike is an illegal act and is thus equally an action against state authority. During the 1840s, Marx and Engels considered the strike a revolutionary means through which the proletariat developed political identity and consciousness as a ...

Google previewThe New Society (2011)

The Anatomy of Industrial Order by Peter F. Drucker

The strike is the most potent political weapon against the governmental power of the enterprise; it is also the only such weapon within reach of the union. A union movement without the “right to strike” would be unable to express its opposition.

Google previewNOLS Lightning (2014)

by John Gookin, Scott Morris

A direct strike is the least common but most feared mechanism of lightning injury. Sustaining a direct strike means a stepped leader connected with a streamer coming out of your body, followed by a return stroke passing through you.

Google previewParliamentary Debates (1908)

House of Representatives by New Zealand. Parliament

A strike is a breach of a civil contract—it is nothing more : there is nothing criminal about it. 1. for one, would never have gone to the extremes that some people in the Dominion think that we ought to have gone to in the troublons times of the ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of U.S. Labor and Working-class History (2007)

by Eric Arnesen

New York City Hospital Strike (1959) Newman, Pauline M. Nixon, Edgar Daniel Norris-LaGuardia Federal Anti- Injunction Act North American Free Trade Agreement No-Strike Pledge Novels, Poetry, Drama ...

Google previewA Supplement to the Dictionary of the English Language

by Francis Henry Stratmann

nsour strike out ASM. aslzepan, comp. loveaehe. read 360* acointer insert arles. before addice strike out ASM. ânes SAX. cHRoN. 248, insert SAX. анион. 248 ...

Google previewThe Dictionary of Unfamiliar Words (2008)

by Diagram Group

sports: basketball strike zone tagging because the batter has become a runner. home plate Slab of whitened rubber sunk into the ground in front of the catcher. home run A hit that allows the batter to get around all the bases in one turn. infield ...

Google previewThe Readable Dictionary (1860)

by John Williams (of Lancaster, O.)

To STRIKE is to come into sudden contact with another body, as when a ship strikes against a rock. 2. To cause one body to come ...

Google previewThe 100 Most Significant Events in American Business: An Encyclopedia (2012)

An Encyclopedia by Quentin R. Skrabec Jr.

The strike went on for 45 days until total peace was restored. Eventually the federal and state militia prevailed. The railroads had won the wage battle but at a great cost to equipment and property. Many cities started funds to employ the ...

Google previewDictionary of Military Terms (2009)

by U.S. Department of Defense

strike — An attack to damage or destroy an objective or a capability. (JP 3-0) strike ...

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Quotes about Strike

What we have to do is strike a balance between the idea that government should do everything and the idea, the belief, that government ought to do nothing. Strike a balance. (Barbara Jordan)
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