strik·​ing | \ ˈstrī-kiŋ How to pronounce striking (audio) \

Definition of striking

: attracting attention or notice through unusual or conspicuous qualities a place of striking beauty

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strikingly adverb

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noticeable, remarkable, prominent, outstanding, conspicuous, salient, striking mean attracting notice or attention. noticeable applies to something unlikely to escape observation. a piano recital with no noticeable errors remarkable applies to something so extraordinary or exceptional as to invite comment. a film of remarkable intelligence and wit prominent applies to something commanding notice by standing out from its surroundings or background. a doctor who occupies a prominent position in the town outstanding applies to something that rises above and excels others of the same kind. honored for her outstanding contributions to science conspicuous applies to something that is obvious and unavoidable to the sight or mind. conspicuous bureaucratic waste salient applies to something of significance that merits the attention given it. the salient points of the speech striking applies to something that impresses itself powerfully and deeply upon the observer's mind or vision. the region's striking poverty

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The poverty of the city is striking. There is a striking resemblance between the girls. an actress known for her striking good looks
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Recent Examples on the Web How little the work that women do to take care of their own families is supported and how little the professionals that care for us are valued was so striking to me. Natalie Gontcharova,, "“They Will Suffer The Longest”: Ai-jen Poo On Why Domestic Workers Need Help Right Now," 6 May 2020 Some draftees played it cool, and some played it even cooler — new Raiders wide receiver Henry Ruggs III rocked a bathrobe — but the most striking images were those of giant humans overwhelmed by emotions. Mike Finger,, "Finger: From sofa to sofa, NFL draft finds new appeal," 26 Apr. 2020 The striking image clearly indicates that bacteria take on specific spots on the tongue. Popular Science, "This photo confirms that your tongue is basically a microbe party," 20 Apr. 2020 Most striking was Willner’s ode to the music of Walt Disney’s animated films. Los Angeles Times, "Hal Willner, longtime music producer and ‘SNL’ veteran, dies of COVID-19 complications at 64," 7 Apr. 2020 This observation was so striking that Gelfman wrote an article, which appeared online last month in JAMA Cardiology. Domenica Bongiovanni, Indianapolis Star, "How a Marian University doctor found a medical mystery in Michelangelo's 'David'," 15 Jan. 2020 If Jenn's to survive, this denizen of the depths—which emerges, in one of the film's most striking images, from a hellmouth on the ocean floor—must be banished. Isaac Feldberg, Fortune, "What to Watch (and Skip) in Theaters and on Netflix This Weekend," 27 Dec. 2019 Dwayne Johnson‘s long-gestating Black Adam project finally has a release date — and a striking new image of Johnson as the mythic DC Comics character. Chancellor Agard,, "Dwayne Johnson reveals Black Adam release date and striking concept art," 14 Nov. 2019 Many people sense a mysterious connection to the afterlife, dramatized here in a striking image, as a beach full of fish washed up on an inky black shore. Wired, "Hideo Kojima's Death Stranding Is Beautiful, Smart—and Kinda Boring," 7 Nov. 2019

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First Known Use of striking

1725, in the meaning defined above

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29 May 2020

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“Striking.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 May. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of striking

: unusual or extreme in a way that attracts attention
: very attractive especially in an unusual or interesting way


strik·​ing | \ ˈstrī-kiŋ \

Kids Definition of striking

: attracting attention : remarkable a striking resemblance

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