striation

noun

stri·​a·​tion strī-ˈā-shən How to pronounce striation (audio)
1
a
: the fact or state of being striated
b
: arrangement of striations or striae
2
: a minute groove, scratch, or channel especially when one of a parallel series
3
: any of the alternate dark and light cross bands of a myofibril of striated muscle

Examples of striation in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web His eyes glowed a bright blue, his dark brown hair disappeared, and his face and scalp took on a lighter blue hue with long, almost veiny, striations. Jp Mangalindan, Peoplemag, 3 May 2024 The flattened result yields a surface that brings to mind the beautiful sandstone striations of the Wave in Northern Arizona. Jenn Harris, Los Angeles Times, 8 Apr. 2024 Yet many still bear a signature of their provenance in the form of faint longitudinal striations. Karen Wright, Discover Magazine, 11 Nov. 2019 Once sliced, the chicken’s interior does a remarkable impression of breast meat, down to the pale striations, although Park says the V-5 bird is more of a hybrid cut. Tim Carman, Washington Post, 15 Sep. 2023 Cast in concrete in hulking wooden molds, these stones disclose their vibrant striations only when Meyer shapes his functional sculptures — including a series of blocky, prehistoric-looking earth-tone tables and stools — using a diamond saw blade or a tool akin to a giant wire cheese slicer. Zoey Poll, New York Times, 15 Sep. 2023 The pops look like rectangles of white and fuchsia marble, with striations of a deep, vibrant pink throughout. Jenn Harris, Los Angeles Times, 24 July 2023 The water helps bring out the colors in the soil: standard tan sand and darker striations of charcoal and even some hot pink that show where prehistoric roasting pits existed. Shelley Jones, Chicago Tribune, 15 June 2023 The striations he's created digging deep into the surfaces he's built up, create a rhythm in his work, almost like bars of music. Tom Teicholz, Forbes, 3 May 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

circa 1847, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Time Traveler
The first known use of striation was circa 1847

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Cite this Entry

“Striation.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/striation. Accessed 21 Jun. 2024.

Kids Definition

striation

noun
stri·​a·​tion strī-ˈā-shən How to pronounce striation (audio)
1
: the fact or state of being striated
2
: a tiny groove, scratch, or channel especially when one of a parallel series
3
: any of the alternate dark and light cross bands of a myofibril of striated muscle

Medical Definition

striation

noun
stri·​a·​tion strī-ˈā-shən How to pronounce striation (audio)
1
: the fact or state of being striated
2
: a minute groove, scratch, or channel especially when one of a parallel series
3
: any of the alternate dark and light cross bands of a myofibril of striated muscle
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