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English noun: strike

1. strike (act) a group's refusal to work in protest against low pay or bad work conditions

SamplesThe strike lasted more than a month before it was settled.

Synonymswork stoppage

Broader (hypernym)job action

Narrower (hyponym)sit-down, sit-down strike, sympathetic strike, sympathy strike, walkout, wildcat strike

2. strike (act) an attack that is intended to seize or inflict damage on or destroy an objective

SamplesThe strike was scheduled to begin at dawn.

Broader (hypernym)attack, onrush, onset, onslaught

Narrower (hyponym)first strike, preventive attack, preventive strike, surgical strike

3. strike (event) a gentle blow

Synonymsrap, tap

Broader (hypernym)blow, bump

4. strike (act) a score in tenpins: knocking down all ten with the first ball

SamplesHe finished with three strikes in the tenth frame.


Broader (hypernym)score

5. strike (act) (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

SamplesThis pitcher throws more strikes than balls.

Broader (hypernym)delivery, pitch

6. strike (act) a conspicuous success

SamplesThat song was his first hit and marked the beginning of his career.
That new Broadway show is a real smasher.
The party went with a bang.

Synonymsbang, hit, smash, smasher

Broader (hypernym)success

Narrower (hyponym)blockbuster, megahit, sleeper, smash hit

English verb: strike

1. strike (contact) deliver a sharp blow, as with the hand, fist, or weapon

SamplesThe teacher struck the child.
The opponent refused to strike.
The boxer struck the attacker dead.

ExamplesThe fighter managed to strike his opponent

Pattern of useSomebody ----s.
Somebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s somebody.
Something ----s somebody.
Something ----s something

Broader (hypernym)touch

Narrower (hyponym)batter, beak, beat, beat, buffet, bunt, butt, chop, clout, cut down, dab, down, hew, jab, knap, knock, knock about, knock down, lash, pat, peck, pick, pull down, push down, rap, sclaff, sclaff, sideswipe, slap, spur, strike hard, tap, tip, whip

Verb groupcollide with, hit, impinge on, run into, strike

2. strike (emotion) have an emotional or cognitive impact upon

SamplesThis child impressed me as unusually mature.
This behavior struck me as odd.

ExamplesThe bad news will strike him, The good news will strike her

Synonymsaffect, impress, move

Pattern of useSomething ----s somebody

Narrower (hyponym)alienate, awaken, cloud, disturb, engrave, hit home, impress, impress, infect, ingrain, instill, jar, move, pierce, sadden, smite, stir, strike a chord, strike a note, strike dumb, strike home, surprise, sweep away, sweep off, touch, trouble, upset, zap

Causeexperience, feel

Verb groupactuate, come to, hit, incite, motivate, move, prompt, propel, strike

3. strike (contact) hit against; come into sudden contact with

SamplesThe car hit a tree.
He struck the table with his elbow.

ExamplesThe car strikes the tree

Synonymscollide with, hit, impinge on, run into

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s somebody.
Something ----s somebody.
Something ----s something

Broader (hypernym)touch

Narrower (hyponym)bang, bottom, bottom out, broadside, bump, bump into, butt against, clash, collide, connect, glance, jar against, knock, knock against, ping, rear-end, run into, spang, spat, stub, thud

Verb groupstrike


4. strike (competition) make a strategic, offensive, assault against an enemy, opponent, or a target

SamplesThe Germans struck Poland on Sept. 1, 1939.
We must strike the enemy's oil fields.
In the fifth inning, the Giants struck, sending three runners home to win the game 5 to 2.


Pattern of useSomebody ----s.
Somebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s somebody.
Something ----s somebody.
Something ----s something

Broader (hypernym)assail, attack

Narrower (hyponym)chop, retaliate, slice, strike back, stroke

Verb grouphit, hit, pip, shoot, strike

5. strike (communication) indicate (a certain time) by striking

SamplesThe clock struck midnight.
Just when I entered, the clock struck.

Pattern of useSomething ----s something

Broader (hypernym)read, record, register, show

6. strike (contact) affect or afflict suddenly, usually adversely

SamplesWe were hit by really bad weather.
He was stricken with cancer when he was still a teenager.
The earthquake struck at midnight.


Pattern of useSomething ----s.
Something ----s somebody.
Something ----s something.
Somebody ----s PP

Broader (hypernym)affect, bear on, bear upon, impact, touch, touch on

Verb grouphit, strike

7. strike (social) stop work in order to press demands

SamplesThe auto workers are striking for higher wages.
The employees walked out when their demand for better benefits was not met.

Synonymswalk out

Pattern of useSomebody ----s

Broader (hypernym)dissent, protest, resist

8. strike (stative) touch or seem as if touching visually or audibly

SamplesLight fell on her face.
The sun shone on the fields.
The light struck the golden necklace.
A strange sound struck my ears.

Synonymsfall, shine

Pattern of useSomething ----s something

Broader (hypernym)come about, fall out, go on, hap, happen, occur, pass, pass off, take place

9. strike (social) attain

SamplesThe horse finally struck a pace.

Synonymscome to

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Something ----s something

Broader (hypernym)accomplish, achieve, attain, reach

10. strike (contact) produce by manipulating keys or strings of musical instruments, also metaphorically

SamplesThe pianist strikes a middle C.
Strike `z' on the keyboard.
Her comments struck a sour note.


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)touch

11. strike (change) cause to form (an electric arc) between electrodes of an arc lamp

SamplesStrike an arc.

Pattern of useSomething ----s something

Broader (hypernym)form, shape

Verb groupstrike

12. strike (possession) find unexpectedly

SamplesThe archeologists chanced upon an old tomb.
She struck a goldmine.
The hikers finally struck the main path to the lake.

Synonymsattain, chance on, chance upon, come across, come upon, discover, fall upon, happen upon, light upon

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)find, regain

13. strike (creation) produce by ignition or a blow

SamplesStrike fire from the flintstone.
Strike a match.

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Something ----s something

Broader (hypernym)create, make

Verb groupstrike

14. strike (contact) remove by erasing or crossing out or as if by drawing a line

SamplesPlease strike this remark from the record.
Scratch that remark.

Synonymsexcise, expunge, scratch

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s somebody.
Something ----s somebody.
Something ----s something

Broader (hypernym)cancel, delete

15. strike (perception) cause to experience suddenly

SamplesPanic struck me.
An interesting idea hit her.
A thought came to me.
The thought struck terror in our minds.
They were struck with fear.

Synonymscome to, hit

Pattern of useSomething ----s somebody

Verb groupaffect, impress, move, strike

16. strike (motion) drive something violently into a location

SamplesHe hit his fist on the table.
She struck her head on the low ceiling.


Pattern of useSomebody ----s somebody PP.
Somebody ----s something PP

Broader (hypernym)displace, move

Narrower (hyponym)smash

17. strike (motion) occupy or take on

SamplesHe assumes the lotus position.
She took her seat on the stage.
We took our seats in the orchestra.
She took up her position behind the tree.
Strike a pose.

Synonymsassume, take, take up

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)move

Verb groupfill, occupy, take

18. strike (creation) form by stamping, punching, or printing

SamplesStrike coins.
Strike a medal.

Synonymscoin, mint

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)create from raw material, create from raw stuff

19. strike (contact) smooth with a strickle

SamplesStrickle the grain in the measure.


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)even, even out, flush, level

Entailsmooth, smoothen

20. strike (contact) pierce with force

SamplesThe bullet struck her thigh.
The icy wind struck through our coats.

Pattern of useSomething is ----ing PP.
Something ----s something

Broader (hypernym)penetrate, perforate

21. strike (cognition) arrive at after reckoning, deliberating, and weighing

SamplesStrike a balance.
Strike a bargain.

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)figure out, lick, puzzle out, solve, work, work out

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