In particular, I've been looking into the word strike and all of its noun senses. That led me to look at lightning strike, which seems to be defined only in a metaphorical sense in both the OED and Merriam-Webster's Unabridged (online).
In every dictionary I've looked at, strike has the sense "the act of striking" listed (with minor variations from dictionary to dictionary). But in citations and illustrative quotations the one doing the striking is either a) some kind of intentional agent like a person or animal, or b) a clock.
I seriously doubt that I've sussed out a brand new sense of strike from the very common phrase lightning strike that the editors of major dictionaries have somehow overlooked. I wanted to ask the community if they would consider lightning strike to be covered in the sense of "the act of striking".
I would be more detailed in my actual post than I have been here. But my question is not so much about the use of strike or lightning strike and more about how it is accounted for in monolingual English-language dictionaries like the OED and Merriam-Webster.