stri·ate | \ˈstrī-ˌāt \
striated; striating

Definition of striate 

(Entry 1 of 2)

transitive verb

: to mark with striations or striae


stri·ate | \ˈstrī-ət, -ˌāt\

Definition of striate (Entry 2 of 2)

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The artist’s future is foreshadowed by several enthusiastic if embryonic paintings, a fantastic homemade tuxedo jacket of clear plastic striated with silvery threads, and of course, the tantalizing suggestion of puppets. Sharon Mizota,, "The mystery of the puppet-head box: Why an Iowa childhood has been unpacked in an L.A. gallery," 30 May 2018 Neither of those versions made it to reality: all that’s left of Childs’ attempts at flair is a rectilinear base striated in limestone and dimpled on each facade. Justin Davidson, Daily Intelligencer, "Superhuman City," 18 Apr. 2018 Not only do the reedist’s striated, razor-sharp improvisations cut through the din like butter, her slashing, protean playing seems to inspire her partners toward even greater extremes. Peter Margasak, Chicago Reader, "Punishing improvisation duo Tashi Dorji & Tyler Damon traffics in pure sound," 8 Mar. 2018 Colorado, a purple state balanced between Democrats and Republicans, is striated with difference. Michael Paterniti, GQ, "Dragonman, the Man Who Sells “People-Hunting Guns”," 7 Mar. 2018 Those with binoculars or telescope should be able to see Saturn’s rings and Jupiter’s signature striated lines. Richard Tribou,, "Two full moons and lots of planet watching on tap in March," 26 Feb. 2018 If New Orleans is an aging beauty queen drunk on the fumes of her glorious past, Plaquemines Parish, to the southeast, is plain old sloshed — not to mention saturated, striated, slivered and surrounded by water. Jennifer Moses, New York Times, "At the Mouth of the Mississippi, a Weird and Fragile Beauty," 21 Feb. 2018 Submarine canyons striate that ridge line, forming perfect habitats for game fish like bigeye tuna and marlin. James D. Walsh, Daily Intelligencer, "A Son Took His Mother Out Fishing. She Never Came Back.," 23 Jan. 2018 The work is a masterpiece of polyrhythms and textures—a five-section juggernaut of slashing lines, striated timbres, and fragile, burned-out pizzicati that retracts into a tender puddle of fluttery long tones that whisper away into the ether. Peter Margasak, Chicago Reader, "A season-long focus on the music of Hungarian composer György Ligeti opens with a performance by the peerless Arditti Quartet," 12 Oct. 2017

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