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.

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  1. 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. the act of knocking down all ten pins in on the first roll of a frame
  3. a work stoppage (or otherwise concerted stoppage of an activity) as a form of protest
  4. a blow or application of physical force against something
  5. 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.
    • 1882: The sum is also used for the quarter, and the strike for the bushel. — James Edwin Thorold Rogers, A History of Agriculture and Prices in England, Volume 4, p. 207.
  7. the status of being the batsman that the bowler is bowling at
    • The batsmen have crossed, and Dhoni now has the strike.
  8. the primary face of a hammer, opposite the peen
  9. the compass direction of the line of intersection between a rock layer and the surface of the Earth.
  10. An instrument with a straight edge for levelling a measure of grain, salt, etc., scraping off what is above the level of the top; a strickle.
  11. Fullness of measure; hence, excellence of quality.
  12. An iron pale or standard in a gate or fence.
  13. A puddler's stirrer.
  14. The extortion of money, or the attempt to extort money, by threat of injury; blackmail.
  15. The discovery of a source of something.


  1. To delete or cross out; to scratch or eliminate.
  2. To hit.
    A bullet struck him.
    The ship struck a reef.
  3. To give, as a blow; to impel, as with a blow; to give a force to; to dash; to cast.
  4. To thrust in; to cause to enter or penetrate.
    A tree strikes its roots deep.
  5. To punish; to afflict; to smite.
  6. To deliver a quick blow or thrust; to give blows.
    A hammer strikes against the bell of a clock.
  7. To touch; to act by appulse.
  8. To act suddenly, especially in a violent or criminal way.
  9. To impinge upon.
    The first thing to strike my eye was a beautiful pagoda.
  10. To stop working to achieve better working conditions.
  11. To impress, seem or appear (to).
  12. To manufacture, as by stamping.
  13. To take down, especially in the following contexts:
    1. To haul down or lower (a flag, mast, etc.)
      1. To capitulate; to signal a surrender by hauling down the colours.
        The frigate has struck, sir! We've beaten them, the lily-livers!
        1. To dismantle and take away (a theater set; a tent; etc.).
      2. To run upon a rock or bank; to be stranded.
The ship struck in the night.
  1. To cause or produce by a stroke, or suddenly, as by a stroke.
    to strike a light
  2. To cause to ignite by friction.
    to strike a match
  3. To cause to sound by one or more beats; to indicate or notify by audible strokes. Of a clock, to announce (an hour of the day), usually by one or more sounds.
    The clock struck twelve.
    The drums strike up a march.
  4. To sound by percussion, with blows, or as if with blows.
  5. To create an impression.
  6. To score a goal.
  7. To set off on a walk or trip.
  8. To pass with a quick or strong effect; to dart; to penetrate.
  9. To break forth; to commence suddenly; with into.
    to strike into reputation; to strike into a run
  10. To become attached to something; said of the spat of oysters.
  11. To steal money.
  12. To take forcibly or fraudulently.
    to strike money
  13. To make a sudden impression upon, as if by a blow; to affect with some strong emotion.
    to strike the mind with surprise; to strike somebody with wonder, alarm, dread, or horror
  14. To affect by a sudden impression or impulse.
    The proposed plan strikes me favourably.
    May the Lord strike down those sinners!
    I was struck dumb with astonishment.
  15. To make and ratify.
    to strike a bargain
  16. To level (a measure of grain, salt, etc.) with a straight instrument, scraping off what is above the level of the top.
  17. To cut off (a mortar joint, etc.) even with the face of the wall, or inward at a slight angle.
  18. To hit upon, or light upon, suddenly.
    My eye struck a strange word in the text.
    They soon struck the trail.
  19. To borrow money from; to make a demand upon.
    He struck a friend for five dollars.
  20. To lade into a cooler, as a liquor.
  21. To stroke or pass lightly; to wave.
  22. To advance; to cause to go forward; used only in the past participle.

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