STRIKE, verb transitive preterit tense struck; participle passive struck and stricken; but struck is in the most common use. Strook is wholly obsolete. [G., to pass, move or ramble, to depart, to touch, to stroke, to glide or glance over, to lower or strike as sails, to curry; Latin , to sweep together, to spread, as a plaster, to play on a violin, to card, as wool, to strike or whip, as with a rod; a stroke, stripe or lash.]
1. To touch or hit with some force, either with the hand or an instrument; to give a blow to, either with the open hand, the fist, a stick, club or whip, or with a pointed instrument, or with a ball or an arrow discharged. An arrow struck the shield; a ball strikes a ship between wind and water.
He at Philippi kept his sword een like a dancer, while I struck the lean and wrinkled Cassius.
2. To dash; to throw with a quick motion.
They shall take of the blood, and strike it on the two side-posts. Exodus 12:7.
3. To stamp; to impress; to coin; as, to strike coin at the mint; to strike dollars or sovereigns; also, to print; as, to strike five hundred copies of a book.
4. To thrust in; to cause to enter or penetrate; as, a tree strikes its root deep.
5. To punish; to afflict; as smite is also used.
To punish the just is not good, nor to strike princes for equity. Proverbs 17:26.
6. To cause to sound; to notify by sound; as, the clock strikes twelve; the drums strike up a march.
7. To run upon; to be stranded. The ship struck at twelve, and remained fast.
8. To pass with a quick or strong effect; to dart; to penetrate.
Now and then a beam of wit or passion strikes through the obscurity of the poem.
9. To lower a flag or colors in token of respect, or to signify a surrender of the ship to an enemy.
10. To break forth; as, to strike into reputation. [Not in use.]
To strike in, to enter suddenly; also, to recede from the surface, as an eruption; to disappear.
To strike in with, to conform to; to suit itself to; to join with at once.
To strike out, to wander; to make a sudden excursion; as, to strike out into an irregular course of life.
To strike among workmen in manufactories, in England, is to quit work I a body or by combination, in order to compel their employers to raise their wages.
1. An instrument with a straight edge for leveling a measure of grain, salt and the like, for scraping off what is above the level of the top.
2. A bushel; four pecks. [Local.]
3. A measure of four bushels or half a quarter. [Local.]
STRIKE of flax, a handful that may be hackled at once. [Local.]