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Definition 1: a group's refusal to work in protest against low pay or bad work conditions - [noun denoting act]

Samples where strike or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • the strike lasted more than a month before it was settled

Synonyms for strike in the sense of this definition

(strike is a kind of ...) a temporary action by workers to protest management decision or to make demands

(... is a kind of strike ) a strike in which workers refuse to leave the workplace until a settlement is reached

(... is a kind of strike ) a strike in support of other workers who are on strike; a strike not resulting from direct grievances against the workers' employer

(... is a kind of strike ) a strike in which the workers walk out

(... is a kind of strike ) a strike undertaken by workers without approval from the officials of their union

Definition 2: a score in tenpins: knocking down all ten with the first ball - [noun denoting act]

Samples where strike or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • he finished with three strikes in the tenth frame

Synonyms for strike in the sense of this definition

(strike is a kind of ...) the act of scoring in a game or sport

"the winning score came with less than a minute left to play"

Definition 3: an attack that is intended to seize or inflict damage on or destroy an objective - [noun denoting act]

Samples where strike or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • the strike was scheduled to begin at dawn

(strike is a kind of ...) (military) an offensive against an enemy (using weapons)

"the attack began at dawn"

(... is a kind of strike ) the initial use of nuclear weapons to attack a country that also has nuclear weapons; considered feasible only when the attacker can destroy the other country's ability to retaliate

"the Pakistani president promised no first strike against India"

(... is a kind of strike ) an attack (usually without prior warning) intended to deal only with a specific target

(... is a kind of strike ) a strike that is carried out in order to deter expected aggression by hostile forces

Definition 4: a conspicuous success - [noun denoting act]

Samples where strike or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • that 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

Synonyms for strike in the sense of this definition

(strike is a kind of ...) an attainment that is successful

"his success in the marathon was unexpected" "his new play was a great success"

(... is a kind of strike ) an unusually successful hit with widespread popularity and huge sales (especially a movie or play or recording or novel)

(... is a kind of strike ) an unexpected hit

"that movie was the sleeper of the summer"

Definition 5: (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 - [noun denoting act]

Samples where strike or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • this pitcher throws more strikes than balls

(strike is a kind of ...) (baseball) the act of throwing a baseball by a pitcher to a batter

Definition 6: a gentle blow - [noun denoting event]

Synonyms for strike in the sense of this definition

(strike is a kind of ...) an impact (as from a collision)

"the bump threw him off the bicycle"

Definition 7: cause to form (an electric arc) between electrodes of an arc lamp - [verb of change]

Samples where strike or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • strike an arc

(strike is a kind of ...) give shape or form to

"shape the dough" "form the young child's character"

(strike has a similar meaning as ...) produce by ignition or a blow

"strike fire from the flintstone" "strike a match"

Definition 8: arrive at after reckoning, deliberating, and weighing - [verb of cognition]

Samples where strike or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • strike a balance
  • strike a bargain

(strike is a kind of ...) find the solution to (a problem or question) or understand the meaning of

"did you solve the problem?" "Work out your problems with the boss" "this unpleasant situation isn't going to work itself out" "did you get it?" "Did you get my meaning?" "He could not work the math problem"

Definition 9: indicate (a certain time) by striking - [verb of communication]

Samples where strike or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • The clock struck midnight
  • Just when I entered, the clock struck

(strike is a kind of ...) indicate a certain reading; of gauges and instruments

"The thermometer showed thirteen degrees below zero" "The gauge read `empty'"

Definition 10: make a strategic, offensive, assault against an enemy, opponent, or a target - [verb of competition]

Samples where strike or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • The 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

Synonyms for strike in the sense of this definition

(strike is a kind of ...) launch an attack or assault on; begin hostilities or start warfare with

"Hitler attacked Poland on September 1, 1939 and started World War II" "Serbian forces assailed Bosnian towns all week"

(... is a kind of strike ) hit a ball so that it causes a backspin

(... is a kind of strike ) hit sharply

(... is a kind of strike ) strike a ball with a smooth blow

(... is a kind of strike ) make a counterattack and return like for like, especially evil for evil

"The Empire strikes back" "The Giants struck back and won the opener" "The Israeli army retaliated for the Hamas bombing"

(strike has a similar meaning as ...) hit with a missile from a weapon

(strike has a similar meaning as ...) affect or afflict suddenly, usually adversely

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

Definition 11: deliver a sharp blow, as with the hand, fist, or weapon - [verb of contact]

Samples where strike or its synonyms are used according to this definition

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

(strike is a kind of ...) make physical contact with, come in contact with

"Touch the stone for good luck" "She never touched her husband"

(... is a kind of strike ) strike as if by whipping

"The curtain whipped her face"

(... is a kind of strike ) hit repeatedly

"beat on the door" "beat the table with his shoe"

(... is a kind of strike ) strike (a part of one's own body) repeatedly, as in great emotion or in accompaniment to music

"beat one's breast" "beat one's foot rhythmically"

(... is a kind of strike ) strike (the ground) in making a sclaff

(... is a kind of strike ) strike hard, especially with the fist

"He clouted his attacker"

(... is a kind of strike ) strike sharply

"rap him on the knuckles"

(... is a kind of strike ) strike sharply, as in some sports

(... is a kind of strike ) hit with something flat, like a paddle or the open hand

"The impatient teacher slapped the student" "a gunshot slapped him on the forehead"

(... is a kind of strike ) strike (a golf ball) such that the ground is scraped first

(... is a kind of strike ) strike from the side

(... is a kind of strike ) strike with an axe; cut down, strike

"hew an oak"

(... is a kind of strike ) strike or punch with quick and short blows

(... is a kind of strike ) hit lightly

"pat him on the shoulder"

(... is a kind of strike ) to strike, thrust or shove against

"He butted his sister out of the way" "The goat butted the hiker with his horns"

(... is a kind of strike ) deliver a sharp blow or push

"He knocked the glass clear across the room"

(... is a kind of strike ) cause to come or go down

"The policeman downed the heavily armed suspect" "The mugger knocked down the old lady after she refused to hand over her wallet"

(... is a kind of strike ) strike with a spur

(... is a kind of strike ) hit lightly with a picking motion

(... is a kind of strike ) strike lightly

"He tapped me on the shoulder"

(... is a kind of strike ) strike against forcefully

"Winds buffeted the tent"

(strike has a similar meaning as ...) hit against; come into sudden contact with

"The car hit a tree" "He struck the table with his elbow"

Definition 12: hit against; come into sudden contact with - [verb of contact]

Samples where strike or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • The car hit a tree
  • He struck the table with his elbow

Synonyms for strike in the sense of this definition

(strike is a kind of ...) make physical contact with, come in contact with

"Touch the stone for good luck" "She never touched her husband"

(... is a kind of strike ) strike (one's toe) accidentally against an object

"She stubbed her toe in the dark and now it's broken"

(... is a kind of strike ) crash together with violent impact

"The cars collided" "Two meteors clashed"

(... is a kind of strike ) collide violently with an obstacle

"I ran into the telephone pole"

(... is a kind of strike ) knock against with force or violence

"My car bumped into the tree"

(... is a kind of strike ) hit the ground

"the car bottomed out where the driveway meets the road"

(... is a kind of strike ) strike the ground, as with a ship's bottom

(... is a kind of strike ) strike with a dull sound

"Bullets were thudding against the wall"

(... is a kind of strike ) strike with a sound like that of falling rain

"Bullets were spatting the leaves"

(... is a kind of strike ) land on or hit solidly

"The brick connected on her head, knocking her out"

(... is a kind of strike ) collide with the broad side of

"her car broad-sided mine"

(... is a kind of strike ) collide with the rear end of

"The car rear-ended me"

(... is a kind of strike ) leap, jerk, bang

"Bullets spanged into the trees"

(... is a kind of strike ) hit with a pinging noise

"The bugs pinged the lamp shade"

(... is a kind of strike ) hit at an angle

(strike has a similar meaning as ...) deliver a sharp blow, as with the hand, fist, or weapon

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

Definition 13: affect or afflict suddenly, usually adversely - [verb of contact]

Samples where strike or its synonyms are used according to this definition

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

Synonyms for strike in the sense of this definition

(strike is a kind of ...) have an effect upon

"Will the new rules affect me?"

(strike has a similar meaning as ...) make a strategic, offensive, assault against an enemy, opponent, or a target

"The 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"

Definition 14: produce by manipulating keys or strings of musical instruments - [verb of contact]

Samples where strike or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • The pianist strikes a middle C
  • strike `z' on the keyboard

Synonyms for strike in the sense of this definition

(strike is a kind of ...) make physical contact with, come in contact with

"Touch the stone for good luck" "She never touched her husband"

Definition 15: remove by erasing or crossing out or as if by drawing a line - [verb of contact]

Samples where strike or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • Please strike this remark from the record
  • scratch that remark

Synonyms for strike in the sense of this definition

(strike is a kind of ...) remove or make invisible

"Please delete my name from your list"

Definition 16: pierce with force - [verb of contact]

Samples where strike or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • The bullet struck her thigh
  • The icy wind struck through our coats

(strike is a kind of ...) pass into or through, often by overcoming resistance

"The bullet penetrated her chest"

Definition 17: smooth with a strickle - [verb of contact]

Samples where strike or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • strickle the grain in the measure

Synonyms for strike in the sense of this definition

(strike is a kind of ...) make level or straight

"level the ground"

(strike implies ...) make smooth or smoother, as if by rubbing

"smooth the surface of the wood"

Definition 18: produce by ignition or a blow - [verb of creation]

Samples where strike or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • strike fire from the flintstone
  • strike a match

(strike is a kind of ...) make or cause to be or to become

"make a mess in one's office" "create a furor"

(strike has a similar meaning as ...) cause to form (an electric arc) between electrodes of an arc lamp

"strike an arc"

Definition 19: form by stamping, punching, or printing - [verb of creation]

Samples where strike or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • strike coins
  • strike a medal

Synonyms for strike in the sense of this definition

(strike is a kind of ...) make from scratch

Definition 20: disassemble a temporary structure, such as a tent or a theatrical set - [verb of creation]

Samples where strike or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • after the show, we'll have to strike the set and pack up

(strike is a kind of ...) take apart into its constituent pieces

Definition 21: have an emotional or cognitive impact upon - [verb of emotion]

Samples where strike or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • This child impressed me as unusually mature
  • This behavior struck me as odd
  • he was dumb-struck by the news
  • her comments struck a sour note

Synonyms for strike in the sense of this definition

(... is a kind of strike ) affect in a contagious way

"His laughter infects everyone who is in the same room"

(... is a kind of strike ) move or affect (a person's emotions or bodily feelings) deeply or sharply

"The cold pierced her bones" "Her words pierced the students"

(... is a kind of strike ) impress positively

"The young chess player impressed her audience"

(... is a kind of strike ) overwhelm emotionally

"Her swept her away"

(... is a kind of strike ) move deeply

"This book upset me" "A troubling thought"

(... is a kind of strike ) affect emotionally

"A stirring movie" "I was touched by your kind letter of sympathy"

(... is a kind of strike ) arouse sympathy or compassion in

"Her fate moved us all"

(... is a kind of strike ) make unhappy

"The news of her death saddened me"

(... is a kind of strike ) make withdrawn or isolated or emotionally dissociated

"the boring work alienated his employees"

(... is a kind of strike ) make gloomy or depressed

"Their faces were clouded with sadness"

(... is a kind of strike ) affect suddenly with deep feeling

"He was smitten with love for this young girl"

(... is a kind of strike ) refer to or be relevant or familiar to

"I hope this message hits home!"

(... is a kind of strike ) affect in a disagreeable way

"This play jarred the audience"

(... is a kind of strike ) strike suddenly and with force

"This show zaps the viewers with some shocking scenes"

(... is a kind of strike ) render speechless, as by surprising or shocking

"we were struck dumb by the candidate's announcement"

(... is a kind of strike ) impress or affect deeply

"The event engraved itself into her memory"

(... is a kind of strike ) cause to be surprised

"The news really surprised me"

(... is a kind of strike ) make aware

"They were awakened to the sad facts"

(... is a kind of strike ) produce or try to produce a vivid impression of

"Mother tried to ingrain respect for our elders in us"

(strike causes ...) undergo an emotional sensation or be in a particular state of mind

"She felt resentful" "He felt regret"

(strike has a similar meaning as ...) give an incentive for action

"This moved me to sacrifice my career"

(strike has a similar meaning as ...) cause to experience suddenly

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

Definition 22: drive something violently into a location - [verb of motion]

Samples where strike or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • he hit his fist on the table
  • she struck her head on the low ceiling

Synonyms for strike in the sense of this definition

(strike is a kind of ...) cause to move or shift into a new position or place, both in a concrete and in an abstract sense

"Move those boxes into the corner, please" "I'm moving my money to another bank" "The director moved more responsibilities onto his new assistant"

(... is a kind of strike ) hit violently

"She smashed her car against the guard rail"

Definition 23: occupy or take on - [verb of motion]

Samples where strike or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • He 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

Synonyms for strike in the sense of this definition

(strike is a kind of ...) move so as to change position, perform a nontranslational motion

"He moved his hand slightly to the right"

(strike has a similar meaning as ...) assume, as of positions or roles

"She took the job as director of development" "he occupies the position of manager" "the young prince will soon occupy the throne"

Definition 24: cause to experience suddenly - [verb of perception]

Samples where strike or its synonyms are used according to this definition

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

Synonyms for strike in the sense of this definition

(strike has a similar meaning as ...) have an emotional or cognitive impact upon

"This child impressed me as unusually mature" "This behavior struck me as odd" "he was dumb-struck by the news" "her comments struck a sour note"

Definition 25: find unexpectedly - [verb of possession]

Samples where strike or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • the archeologists chanced upon an old tomb
  • she struck a goldmine
  • The hikers finally struck the main path to the lake

Synonyms for strike in the sense of this definition

(strike is a kind of ...) come upon after searching; find the location of something that was missed or lost

"Did you find your glasses?" "I cannot find my gloves!"

Samples where strike or its synonyms are used according to this definition

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

Synonyms for strike in the sense of this definition

(strike is a kind of ...) express opposition through action or words

"dissent to the laws of the country"

Samples where strike or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • The horse finally struck a pace

Synonyms for strike in the sense of this definition

(strike is a kind of ...) to gain with effort

"she achieved her goal despite setbacks"

Definition 28: touch or seem as if touching visually or audibly - [verb of stative]

Samples where strike or its synonyms are used according to this definition

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

Synonyms for strike in the sense of this definition

(strike is a kind of ...) come to pass

"What is happening?" "The meeting took place off without an incidence" "Nothing occurred that seemed important"

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