stri·​ate | \ ˈstrī-ˌāt How to pronounce striate (audio) \
striated; striating

Definition of striate

 (Entry 1 of 2)

transitive verb

: to mark with striations or striae


stri·​ate | \ ˈstrī-ət How to pronounce striate (audio) , -ˌāt \

Definition of striate (Entry 2 of 2)

Examples of striate in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Around the halfway point, when a stretch of Mitchell’s striated soprano-saxophone ornamentations gives way to jaunty patterns in the wider orchestra, there is a sense of a singular intelligence at work. New York Times, "One Work of Dance, Theater and More to Experience This Weekend," 26 Mar. 2020 The entire background pattern is rendered in thick, roiled paint — a hallucinatory expanse of vines or waves — and the child’s white shirt and socks are striated from the back end of the brush. Roberta Smith, New York Times, "Noah Davis Is Gone; His Paintings Continue to Hypnotize," 6 Feb. 2020 The admiralty-style anchor, commonly used between the time of the Civil War to World War II, is heavily striated – time and oxidation have given it the appearance of driftwood, despite being made of metal. USA TODAY, "Jornada del Muerto, Livestrong rebrand, Mach 8 tunnel: News from around our 50 states," 12 Feb. 2020 The admiralty style anchor, commonly used between the Civil War and World War II, is heavily striated — time and oxidation have given it the appearance of driftwood. Author: Sam Allen, Anchorage Daily News, "Dredging near Ketchikan reveals big anchor that could be a century old," 10 Feb. 2020 Once cleared of the thick, low-lying scrub, striated sandstone ledges and caves became visible. Time, "Most Australians Don't Spend a Lot of Time Thinking About the Bush. The Wildfires Remind Us What We Could Lose," 23 Jan. 2020 The design, with an emphasis on natural Florida light, cypress wood and striated concrete inspired by Spanish moss, marks a radical change from the current home. Matthew J. Palm,, "Mennello Museum to ‘grow up’ with dramatic facelift in $20 million expansion," 29 Oct. 2019 Plate short ribs are similar to brisket in that their meat is striated with flavorful fat and collagen. Claire Perez,, "Claire’s tip of the week: Long vs. short beef ribs," 15 Nov. 2019 The last upheavals of the Apennines striate the region, dropping straight into the sea and creating a sensation of geography in motion. Frances Mayes, National Geographic, "Discover Italy’s most delicious secret," 11 July 2019

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1646, in the meaning defined above


1670, in the meaning defined above

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“Striate.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 Mar. 2021.

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