Definition of striking in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈstrīkiNG/


1Attracting attention by reason of being unusual, extreme, or prominent: the murder bore a striking similarity to an earlier shooting [with clause]: it is striking that no research into the problem is occurring
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  • It is also striking that the study was concerned with the factors that influence food selection, like vegetarianism.
  • Moreover, it is very striking that Camper, dazzled by the visual aspect, completely forgets the role played by music in the films.
  • In this light, one may be surprised by some striking similarities between Islam and its two local forerunners.
noticeable, obvious, conspicuous, impactful, evident, marked, notable, unmistakable, strong;
remarkable, extraordinary, incredible, amazing, astounding, astonishing, staggering
1.1Dramatically good-looking or beautiful: she is naturally striking a striking landscape
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  • Even if a CD cover is striking or beautiful, it's still small.
  • Anne Heazle was the winner of the monthly competition with her beautiful and striking flower arrangement.
  • She lifted out the coat, a deep, elegant Chinese red far more striking and beautiful than the catalogue picture.
impressive, imposing, grand, splendid, magnificent, spectacular, breathtaking, superb, marvelous, wonderful, stunning, staggering, sensational, dramatic
stunning, attractive, good-looking, beautiful, glamorous, gorgeous, prepossessing, ravishing, handsome, pretty
informal knockout, drop-dead gorgeous
archaic fair, comely
2 [attributive] (Of an employee) on strike: striking mine workers
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  • One week later, food and beverage workers joined them, expanding the number of striking employees to 800.
  • Both the striking workers and the employer's association have admitted privately that ‘everybody is tired of the strike’.
  • A meeting between the striking workers and the employers' association has been scheduled for Monday, 15 July.


The action of striking: substantial damage was caused by the striking of a submerged object
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  • His long-range striking from dead balls was impressive in the first half and no less so into the wind after the break.
  • The Tipperary minor's smooth striking from placed balls yielded the No.14 five points, jab lifting from long range and roll lifting closer in.
  • The lads' ground striking has improved 100% since the start of the league.


within striking distance

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Syllabification: strik·ing

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