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

transitive verb

: to mark with striations or striae


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stri·​ate ˈstrī-ət How to pronounce striate (audio)

Examples of striate in a Sentence

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Others cited Dairy Queen’s ice cream cake—two layers of soft serve, striated by the brand’s signature fudge-and-crunch center—as a highlight of childhood parties. Zoe Denenberg, Bon Appétit, 5 Aug. 2023 There are three main types of muscle tissue: smooth muscle lines the gut wall and organs, except the heart; cardiac muscle is striated and covers the heart; and skeletal muscle, which can be found in the arms and legs, is also striated. Lauren J. Young, Scientific American, 2 July 2023 On every landing, something was always peeling: walls striated with gray paint like shedding snakes; red and gold fú signs (for good fortune) coming unstuck from the last new year. Phoebe Chen, New York Times, 25 Apr. 2023 Flaco is enormous and distinctive, with a strong, tufted brow, orange eyes, and bright brown-and-white feathers that blend and striate together. Naaman Zhou, The New Yorker, 22 Feb. 2023 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, 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, 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, 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, 10 Feb. 2020 See More

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Word History

First Known Use


1646, in the meaning defined above


1670, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of striate was in 1646

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“Striate.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Sep. 2023.

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