Definition for STRIKE

STRIKE, v.i.

  1. To make a quick blow or thrust. It pleas'd the king / To strike at me upon his misconstruction. – Shak.
  2. To hit; to collide; to dash against; to clash; as, a hammer strikes against the bell of a clock.
  3. To sound by percussion; to be struck. The clock strikes.
  4. To make an attack. A puny subject strikes / At thy great glory. – Shak.
  5. To hit; to touch; to act on by appulse. Hinder light from striking on it, and its colors vanish. Locke.
  6. To sound with blows. Whilst any trump did sound, or drum struck up. – Shak.
  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. – Dryden.
  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. – South. To strike out, to wander; to make a sudden excursion; as to strike out into an irregular course of life. – Collier. To strike, among workmen in manufactories, in England, is to quit work in a body or by combination, in order to compel their employers to raise their wages.

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