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
His roommate, Jeremy Basdeo, walked in on the startling aftermath.
Now, an archive in Texas has yielded another startling Wharton discovery: an entirely unknown play.
At 1-all in the third set — del Potro took the first, then lost the second — there was the startling way Almagro paused at the baseline, placed his hands on his knees and shook his head, then fell backward onto the court.
One in 4 Alzheimer’s deaths in the United States are now occurring at home — a startling increase that marks a shift away from hospitals and nursing homes, according to a report released Thursday.
One in 4 Alzheimer's disease deaths are now occurring at home -- a startling increase that marks a shift away from hospitals and nursing homes.
None [of the patients studied] wanted to be transformed into a creature so startling that his friends would fail to recognize him.
A temporary one-room permanent collection installation in 2013 juxtaposed 19th century American landscape paintings and photographs that revealed startling visual shifts from new technology.
The Columbus Iselin set out to test a hypothesis that emerged in 1989, when an oceanographer named John Martin published a startling new theory in Nature.
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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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