"Whilst any trump did sound, or drum struck up." Shak.
1. The act of striking.
2. An instrument with a straight edge for leveling a measure of grain, salt, and the like, scraping off what
is above the level of the top; a strickle.
3. A bushel; four pecks. [Prov. Eng.] Tusser.
4. An old measure of four bushels. [Prov. Eng.]
5. Fullness of measure; hence, excellence of quality.
Three hogsheads of ale of the first strike.Sir W. Scott.
6. An iron pale or standard in a gate or fence. [Obs.]
7. The act of quitting work; specifically, such an act by a body of workmen, done as a means of enforcing
compliance with demands made on their employer.
Strikes are the insurrections of labor.F. A. Walker.
8. (Iron Working) A puddler's stirrer.
9. (Geol.) The horizontal direction of the outcropping edges of tilted rocks; or, the direction of a horizontal
line supposed to be drawn on the surface of a tilted stratum. It is at right angles to the dip.
10. The extortion of money, or the attempt to extort money, by threat of injury; blackmailing.
Strike block (Carp.), a plane shorter than a jointer, used for fitting a short joint. Moxon. Strike
of flax, a handful that may be hackled at once. [Obs. or Prov. Eng.] Chaucer. Strike of sugar.
(Sugar Making) (a) The act of emptying the teache, or last boiler, in which the cane juice is exposed to
heat, into the coolers. (b) The quantity of the sirup thus emptied at once.
1. One who, or that which, strikes; specifically, a blacksmith's helper who wields the sledge.
2. A harpoon; also, a harpooner.
Wherever we come to an anchor, we always send out our strikers, and put out hooks and lines overboard,
to try fish.Dampier.
3. A wencher; a lewd man. [Obs.] Massinger.
4. A workman who is on a strike.
5. A blackmailer in politics; also, one whose political influence can be bought. [Political Cant]
(Strik"ing), a. & n. from Strike, v.