(Strick"en) p. p. & a. from Strike.
1. Struck; smitten; wounded; as, the stricken deer. [See Strike, n.]
2. Worn out; far gone; advanced. See Strike, v. t., 21.
Abraham was old and well stricken in age.Gen. xxiv. 1.
3. Whole; entire; said of the hour as marked by the striking of a clock. [Scot.]
He persevered for a stricken hour in such a torrent of unnecessary tattle.Sir W. Scott.
Speeches are spoken by the stricken hour, day after day, week, perhaps, after week.Bayne.
(Stric"kle) n. [See Strike.]
1. An instrument to strike grain to a level with the measure; a strike.
2. An instrument for whetting scythes; a rifle.
3. (Founding) An instrument used for smoothing the surface of a core.
4. (Carp. & Mason.) A templet; a pattern.
5. An instrument used in dressing flax. [Prov. Eng.]
(Stric"kler) n. See Strickle.
(Strick"less), n. See Strickle. [Prov. Eng.]
(Strict) a. [Compar. Stricter ; superl. Strictest.] [L. strictus, p. p. of stringere to draw or bind
tight, to strain. See Strain, and cf. Strait, a.]
1. Strained; drawn close; tight; as, a strict embrace; a strict ligature. Dryden.
2. Tense; not relaxed; as, a strict fiber.
3. Exact; accurate; precise; rigorously nice; as, to keep strict watch; to pay strict attention. Shak.
It shall be still in strictest measure.Milton.
4. Governed or governing by exact rules; observing exact rules; severe; rigorous; as, very strict in observing
the Sabbath. "Through the strict senteries." Milton.
5. Rigidly; interpreted; exactly limited; confined; restricted; as, to understand words in a strict sense.
6. (Bot.) Upright, or straight and narrow; said of the shape of the plants or their flower clusters.
Syn. Exact; accurate; nice; close; rigorous; severe. Strict, Severe. Strict, applied to a person, denotes
that he conforms in his motives and acts to a principle or code by which he is bound; severe is strict
with an implication often, but not always, of harshness. Strict is opposed to lax; severe is opposed to
And rules as strict his labored work confine,Pope.
As if the Stagirite o'erlooked each line.
Soon moved with touch of blame, thus Eve: -Milton. The Strict Observance, or Friars of the Strict Observance. (R. C. Ch.) See Observance.
"What words have passed thy lips, Adam severe!"