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strike (make)

Definition:

to produce by ignition or a blow

Class:

creation verb (sewing, baking, painting, performing, etc.)

Past tense:

struck

Past participles:

stricken | struck

Present participle:

striking

3rd-person singular present:

strikes

Type of:

make

Original source:

Princeton WordNet

Usage examples:

  • strike a match
  • strike fire from the flintstone

Etymology:

[verb] Old English strican "pass over lightly, stroke, smooth, rub", ... |...
(Source: Online Etymology)  [more]

All senses of strike...

Definition references  (+images)

Britannica Encyclopedia:

strike [industrial relations]

collective refusal by employees to work under the conditions required by employers. Strikes arise for a number of reasons, though principally in ... (22 of 471 words, 7 images)

www​.britannica​.com​/E​Bchecked​/topic​/569094​/strike

strike [geology]

in geology, direction of the line formed by the intersection of a fault, bed, or other planar feature and a horizontal plane. Strike indicates the ... (25 of 160 words)

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Random House Dictionary:

strike | struck [past tense] | strook [obsolete, past tense] | stricken [sense-specific, past participle] | striking [present participle] | strike camp [sense-specific] | strike hands [sense-specific] | strike home [sense-specific] | strike in [sense-specific] | ...

to deal a blow or stroke to (a person or thing), as with the fist, a weapon, or a hammer; hit. | to inflict, deliver, or deal (a blow, stroke, attack, ... (30 of 1802 words, 88 definitions, 44 usage examples, pronunciation)

dictionary​.infoplease​.com​/strike

Oxford Dictionary:

strike | struck [past tense] | pose | at/against | roots | it | strike out | strike something up | be struck down | ...

hit forcibly and deliberately with one's hand or a weapon or other implement | inflict (a blow) | accidentally hit (a part of one's body) against ... (24 of 1595 words, 75 definitions, 75 usage examples, pronunciations)

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/strike

Collins Dictionary:

strike | strike home [sense-specific] | strike it lucky [sense-specific] | strike it rich [sense-specific] | take strike [sense-specific] | ten-strike [synonym, sense-specific] | strickle [sense-specific] | catch [synonym, sense-specific] | strikeless [adjective, derived]

to deliver (a blow or stroke) to (a person) | to come or cause to come into sudden or violent contact (with) | [transitive] to make an attack on | to ... (28 of 1419 words, 52 definitions, 23 usage examples, pronunciation)

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/strike

American Heritage Dictionary:

strike | struck [past tense] | stricken [present participle] | striking [3rd-person singular present] | strike down | strike out | strike up | S [abbreviation, sense-specific]

To hit sharply, as with the hand, the fist, or a weapon. | To inflict (a blow). | To penetrate or pierce | To collide with or crash into | To cause to ... (29 of 1259 words, 87 definitions, 41 usage examples, pronunciations)

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Macmillan British Dictionary:

strike | struck [past tense] | striking [present participle] | strikes [3rd-person singular present] | strike a blow at/against something | be struck by/with something | strike a balance between something and something | strike a blow for something | strike the/your eye | ...

[intransitive/transitive, formal] to hit against, or to crash into, someone ... | [transitive, formal] to hit someone or something with your hand, a ... (22 of 1204 words, 29 definitions, 58 usage examples, pronunciation)

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/strike

strike [countable, noun] | strikes [plural] | one strike/two strikes/three strikes against someone/something

a period of time during which people refuse to work, as a protest about pay or conditions of work | a military attack, especially one in which planes ... (27 of 269 words, 5 definitions, 11 usage examples, pronunciation)

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/strike 68

New World Dictionary:

strike | strike plate [sense-specific]

to hit with the hand or a tool, weapon, etc.; smite; specifically, ; to ... | to produce (a tone or chord) by hitting a key or keys or touching a ... (30 of 1115 words, 48 definitions, 23 usage examples, pronunciation)

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Merriam-Webster:

strike [entry 1, verb] | struck [past tense] | stricken [past participle] | striking [present participle] | strike it rich | go [synonym, sense-specific] | pierce [synonym, sense-specific] | dart [synonym, sense-specific] | strive [synonym, sense-specific] | ...

to take a course; "go" | to aim and usually deliver a blow, stroke, or thrust (as with the hand, a weapon, or a tool) ; to arrive with detrimental ... (29 of 1003 words, 43 definitions, 38 usage examples, pronunciations)

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/strike

strike [entry 2, noun] | disadvantage [synonym, sense-specific] | handicap [synonym, sense-specific] | walkout [synonym, sense-specific] | advantage [antonym, sense-specific] | asset [antonym, sense-specific] | edge [antonym, sense-specific] | plus [antonym, sense-specific] | sympathetic strike [similar, sense-specific] | ...

a tool for smoothing a surface (as of a mold) | an act or instance of striking | a work stoppage by a body of workers to enforce compliance with ... (28 of 281 words, 12 definitions)

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Wikipedia:

Strike [disambiguation]

may refer to: Strike action, also known as a walkout, a work stoppage caused by the mass refusal of employees to perform work | Culture strike, refusal of artists or art institutions (arts organizations, festivals etc.) to respectively produce and show... (40 of 752 words, 49 definitions)

en​.wikipedia​.org​/wiki​/Strike

Wiktionary:

strike | strikes [plural] | struck [past tense] | stricken [past participle] | striking [present participle] | industrial peace [antonym, sense-specific] | lockout [antonym, sense-specific] | blackmail [synonym, sense-specific]

[transitive, sometimes with out or through] To delete or cross out; to scratch or eliminate. | [transitive] To hit. | [intransitive] To carry out a violent or illegal action. | [transitive] To occur suddenly. | [intransitive] To stop working to achieve... (37 of 434 words, 22 definitions, 15 usage examples, pronunciation)

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/strike

Columbia Encyclopedia:

strike

concentrated work stoppage by a group of employees, the chief weapon of organized labor. A suspension of work on the employer's part is called a ... (25 of 227 words)

www​.infoplease​.com​/ce​6​/bus​/A​0846959​.html

Cambridge Dictionary:

strike [entry 1] | struck [sense-specific, past tense]

to refuse to continue working because of an argument with an employer about working conditions, pay levels or job losses (20 of 55 words, 2 usage examples, pronunciation)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/strike 1

strike [entry 2] | struck [sense-specific, past tense] | stricken [ESP. US, sense-specific, past tense]

to cause a person or place to suffer severely from the effects of something very unpleasant that happens suddenly (19 of 81 words, 3 usage examples, pronunciation)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/strike 2

strike [entry 3] | struck [sense-specific, past tense]

to hit or attack someone or something forcefully or violently | When a clock strikes, its bells ring to show what the time is | When a particular time ... (27 of 173 words, 4 definitions, 9 usage examples, pronunciation)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/strike 3

strike [entry 4] | struck [sense-specific, past tense] | stricken [ESP. US, sense-specific, past tense] | strike camp

[formal] to remove something officially from a document | "strike camp": to take down your tents in preparation for leaving the place where you have ... (24 of 78 words, 2 definitions, 3 usage examples, pronunciation)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/strike 4

strike [entry 5] | struck [sense-specific, past tense]

to discover a supply of oil, gas or gold underground (10 of 32 words, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/strike 5

strike [entry 6] | struck [sense-specific, past tense]

to reach or make an agreement (6 of 29 words, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/strike 6

strike [entry 7] | struck [sense-specific, past tense] | stricken [ESP. US, sense-specific, past tense]

to cause someone to have a feeling or idea about something | If a thought or idea strikes you, you suddenly think of it (23 of 125 words, 2 definitions, 6 usage examples, pronunciation)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/strike 7

strike [entry 8, formal] | strike a pose/attitude | strike a pose | strike a attitude

to move your body into a particular position (8 of 46 words, 2 usage examples, pronunciation)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/strike 8

strike [entry 9] | struck [sense-specific, past tense]

to make a metal disc-shaped object such as a coin with a machine that quickly presses a picture into a piece of metal (23 of 52 words, 2 usage examples, pronunciation)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/strike 9

strike [entry 10] | on strike | out on strike | go on strike

when workers refuse to continue working because of an argument with an employer about working conditions, pay levels or job losses | "on strike": ... (23 of 147 words, 3 definitions, 9 usage examples, pronunciation)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/strike 10

strike [entry 11]

when something hits or attacks with force | a sudden short military attack, especially one by aircraft or missiles (18 of 85 words, 2 definitions, 5 usage examples, pronunciation)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/strike 11

strike [entry 12]

when a valuable substance is discovered underground (7 of 27 words, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/strike 12

strike [entry 13]

Iin baseball) a ball that has been thrown by the pitcher and not been hit successfully when it should have been | [United States] a failure, mistake ... (26 of 75 words, 2 definitions, 3 usage examples, pronunciation)

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Encarta Dictionary:

strike | strikes [plural] | struck [past tense] | stricken [past participle] | striking [present participle]

to hit somebody or something with a hand, tool, weapon, or other object | to deliver or inflict something such as a blow or punch | to crash into, ... (27 of 1148 words, 50 definitions, pronunciations)

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861715611​/definition​.html  [offline]

Etymology references

Online Etymology:

strike

First use: 1810

Origin: [verb] Old English strican "pass over lightly, stroke, smooth, rub", ... | [noun] "concentrated cessation of work by a body of employees", from ... (23 of 214 etymology words)

www​.etymonline​.com​/index​.php term=strike

New World Dictionary:

strike

Origin: "strike" via obsolete sense "to put (tools) out of use" in protest of grievances | compare "strike" | Middle English striken, to proceed, flow, ... (22 of 60 etymology words)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/strike

Oxford Dictionary:

strike | struck [past tense] | pose | at/against | roots | it | strike out | strike something up | be struck down | ...

Origin: Old English strīcan "go, flow" and "rub lightly", of West Germanic origin; related to German streichen "to stroke", also to "stroke". ... (21 of 30 etymology words)

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/strike

Wiktionary:

strike | strikes [plural] | struck [past tense] | stricken [past participle] | striking [present participle]

Origin: Middle English striken, from Old English strīcan, from Proto-Germanic *strīkaną. Cognate with Dutch strijken, German streichen and streiken, Danish stryge, Icelandic strýkja, strýkva.

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/strike

Collins Dictionary:

strike

Origin: Old English strīcan; related to Old Frisian strīka to stroke, Old High German strīhhan to smooth, Latin stria furrow

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/strike

American Heritage Dictionary:

strike | struck [past tense] | stricken [present participle] | striking [3rd-person singular present]

Origin: Middle English striken, from Old English strīcan, to stroke; see streig- in Indo-European roots.

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/strike

Merriam-Webster:

strike [entry 1, verb] | struck [past tense] | stricken [past participle] | striking [present participle]

First use: before 12th century

Origin: Middle English, from Old English strīcan to stroke, go; akin to Old High German strīhhan to stroke, Latin stringere to touch ... (24 of 28 etymology words)

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/strike

Encarta Dictionary:

strike | strikes [plural] | struck [past tense] | stricken [past participle] | striking [present participle]

Origin: Old English strīcan from Germanic, "touch lightly"

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861715611​/definition​.html  [offline]

Audio references

Wiktionary:

strike | strikes [plural] | struck [past tense] | stricken [past participle] | striking [present participle]

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "strike"

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/strike

Collins Dictionary:

strike

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "strike"

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/strike

Macmillan British Dictionary:

strike | struck [past tense] | striking [present participle] | strikes [3rd-person singular present]

Audio: British English pronunciation of "strike"

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/strike

strike [countable, noun] | strikes [plural]

Audio: British English pronunciation of "strike"

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Macmillan American Dictionary:

strike [verb] | struck [past tense] | striking [present participle] | strikes [3rd-person singular present]

Audio: North American pronunciation of "strike"

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/american​/strike

strike [countable, noun] | strikes [plural]

Audio: North American pronunciation of "strike"

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Cambridge Dictionary:

strike [entry 3] | struck [sense-specific, past tense]

Audio 1: British English pronunuciation of "strike"

Audio 2: North American English pronunuciation of "strike"

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the Free Dictionary:

strike

Audio 1: North American English pronunciation of "strike"

Audio 2: British English pronunciation of "strike"

Audio 3: North American English pronunciation of "strike" by speech synthesizer

www​.thefreedictionary​.com​/strike

Google Dictionary:

strike | strikes [plural] | struck [past tense] | striking [present participle]

Audio: English pronunciation of "strike"

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Merriam-Webster Pronunciation:

strike

Audio: North American pronunciation of "strike"

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YourDictionary Audio:

strike

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "strike" by speech synthesizer

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freedictionary.org:

Strike

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