Strike v. t. [imp. Struck p. p. Struck, Stricken (Stroock Strucken Obs.); p. pr. & vb. n. Striking. Struck is more commonly used in the p. p. than stricken.]
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.
2. To come in collision with; to strike against; as, a bullet struck him; the wave struck the boat amidships; 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.
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.
4. To stamp or impress with a stroke; to coin; as, to strike coin from metal: to strike dollars at the mint.
5. To thrust in; to cause to enter or penetrate; to set in the earth; as, a tree strikes its roots deep.
6. To punish; to afflict; to smite.
To punish the just is not good, nor strike princes for equity. --Prov. xvii. 26.
7. To cause to sound by one or more beats; to indicate or notify by audible strokes; as, the clock strikes twelve; the drums strike up a march.
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.
11. To cause or produce by a stroke, or suddenly, as by a stroke; as, to strike a light.
Waving wide her myrtle wand,
She strikes a universal peace through sea and land. --Milton.
12. To cause to ignite; as, to strike a match.
13. To make and ratify; as, to strike a bargain.
Note: ☞ Probably borrowed from the L. foedus ferrire, to strike a compact, so called because an animal was struck and killed as a sacrifice on such occasions.
14. To take forcibly or fraudulently; as, to strike money. [Old Slang]
15. To level, as a measure of grain, salt, or the like, by scraping off with a straight instrument what is above the level of the top.
16. Masonry To cut off, as a mortar joint, even with the face of the wall, or inward at a slight angle.
17. To hit upon, or light upon, suddenly; as, my eye struck a strange word; they soon struck the trail.
18. To borrow money of; to make a demand upon; as, he struck a friend for five dollars. [Slang]
19. To lade into a cooler, as a liquor.
20. To stroke or pass lightly; to wave.
Behold, I thought, He will . . . strike his hand over the place, and recover the leper. --2 Kings v. 11.
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 under Attitude, and Balance.
To strike a jury Law, to constitute a special jury ordered by a court, by each party striking out a certain number of names from a prepared list of jurors, so as to reduce it to the number of persons required by law. --Burrill.
To strike a lead. (a) Mining To find a vein of ore. (b) Fig.: To find a way to fortune. [Colloq.]
To strike a ledger or To strike an account, to balance it.
To strike hands with. (a) To shake hands with. --Halliwell. (b) To make a compact or agreement with; to agree with.
To strike off. (a) To erase from an account; to deduct; as, to strike off the interest of a debt. (b) Print. To impress; to print; as, to strike off a thousand copies of a book. (c) To separate by a blow or any sudden action; as, to strike off what is superfluous or corrupt.
To strike oil, to find petroleum when boring for it; figuratively, to make a lucky hit financially. [Slang, U.S.]
To strike one luck, to shake hands with one and wish good luck. [Obs.] --Beau. & Fl.
To strike out. (a) To produce by collision; to force out, as, to strike out sparks with steel. (b) To blot out; to efface; to erase. “To methodize is as necessary as to strike out.” --Pope. (c) To form by a quick effort; to devise; to invent; to contrive, as, to strike out a new plan of finance. (d) Baseball To cause a player to strike out; -- said of the pitcher. See To strike out, under Strike, v. i.
To strike sail. See under Sail.
To strike up. (a) To cause to sound; to begin to beat. “Strike up the drums.” --Shak. (b) To begin to sing or play; as, to strike up a tune. (c) 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.
Strik·ing, a. & n. from Strike, v.
Striking distance, the distance through which an object can be reached by striking; the distance at which a force is effective when directed to a particular object.
Striking plate. (a) The plate against which the latch of a door lock strikes as the door is closed. (b) A part of the centering of an arch, which is driven back to loosen the centering in striking it.
Strik·ing, a. Affecting with strong emotions; surprising; forcible; impressive; very noticeable; as, a striking representation or image; a striking resemblance. “A striking fact.” --De Quincey. -- Strik*ing*ly, adv. -- Strik*ing*ness, n.
adj 1: sensational in appearance or thrilling in effect; "a
dramatic sunset"; "a dramatic pause"; "a spectacular
display of northern lights"; "it was a spectacular
play"; "his striking good looks always created a
sensation" [syn: dramatic, spectacular]
2: having a quality that thrusts itself into attention; "an
outstanding fact of our time is that nations poisoned by
anti semitism proved less fortunate in regard to their own
freedom"; "a new theory is the most prominent feature of
the book"; "salient traits"; "a spectacular rise in
prices"; "a striking thing about Picadilly Circus is the
statue of Eros in the center"; "a striking resemblance
between parent and child" [syn: outstanding, prominent,
n 1: the physical coming together of two or more things; "contact
with the pier scraped paint from the hull" [syn: contact,
2: the act of contacting one thing with another; "repeated
hitting raised a large bruise"; "after three misses she
finally got a hit" [syn: hit, hitting]