striker (plural strikers)
- An individual who is on strike.
- Someone or something that hits someone or something else.
- (soccer) One of the players on a team in football (soccer) in the row nearest to the opposing team's goal, who are therefore principally responsible for scoring goals.
2011 September 28, Tom Rostance, “Arsenal 2 - 1 Olympiakos”, BBC Sport:
- Olympiakos had barely been in the Arsenal half but should have levelled in the 14th minute. A low corner was not dealt with and the ball fell to the feet of striker Rafik Djebbour, who saw his close-range effort brilliantly cleared from the goalline by Arteta.
- (baseball, slang, 1800s) The batter.
- (cricket) The batsman who is currently facing the bowler and defending his wicket.
- (obsolete) A harpoon.
- (obsolete) 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.
- (obsolete) A wencher; a lewd man.
- (Can we find and add a quotation of Massinger to this entry?)
- (obsolete, politics) A blackmailer in politics.
- (obsolete, politics) One whose political influence can be bought.
Part or all of this entry has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster’s Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.