Definition of startling
: causing momentary fright, surprise, or astonishment a startling discovery
Examples of startling in a Sentence
Startling new evidence came to light during the trial.
He made a startling discovery.
It is a city of startling contrasts.
Recent Examples of startling from the Web
Mitchell has been dazzling fans with both his basketball smarts and startling athleticism while averaging 19 points, 4.5 assists, 3 steals, 2 rebounds and 2 turnovers while shooting 50-percent on threes.
But the most startling result is that phasing out the three-in-one policy led to worse traffic during times of the day and on roads where there had never been restrictions in place, Olken says.
Only after the game would Waldrop, Allen and the rest of their team learn of the startling information supplied by Catapult -- the makers of a little device that has had an enormous impact on Alabama's top-flight program.
But Trump’s actions this week also send a startling message to women and men across the United States.
The lack of innings at the back of the Texas Rangers’ current bullpen mix is fairly startling.
And that led eventually to the startling challenge mounted by Jon Ossoff when Rep. Tom Price resigned to join Trump’s Cabinet.
The move represents a startling turn in a running battle between U.S. carriers and their Persian Gulf rivals, which U.S. airline executives say have unfair advantages because of deep government subsidies.
More startling than the low scores was smoke rising from about a half-mile away when a commercial blimp, not affiliated with the tournament, crashed into a field and burst into flames.
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First Known Use of startling
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Definition of startling for English Language Learners
: very surprising, shocking, or frightening
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Definition of startling for Students
: causing a moment of fright or surprise a startling noise a startling discovery
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