A past participle of strike.
1. Struck or wounded, as by a projectile.
a. Affected by something overwhelming, such as disease, trouble, or painful emotion.
b. Incapacitated; disabled.
3. Having the contents made even with the top of a measuring device or container; level: a stricken measure of flour.
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