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Adjective: striking  strI-king
  1. Sensational in appearance or thrilling in effect
    "his striking good looks always created a sensation";
    - dramatic, spectacular
  2. Having a quality that thrusts itself into attention
    "a striking thing about Piccadilly Circus is the statue of Eros in the centre";
    - outstanding, prominent, salient, spectacular
Noun: striking  strI-king
  1. The physical coming together of two or more things
    - contact, impinging
  2. The act of contacting one thing with another
    - hit, hitting
Verb: strike (struck)  strIk
  1. Deliver a sharp blow, as with the hand, fist, or weapon
    "The teacher struck the child"; "the opponent refused to strike"; "The boxer struck the attacker dead"
  2. Have an emotional or cognitive impact upon
    "This behaviour struck me as odd"; "he was dumb-struck by the news"; "her comments struck a sour note";
    - affect, impress, move
  3. Come into sudden contact with
    "He struck the table with his elbow";
    - hit, impinge on, run into, collide with, impact
  4. Make a strategic, offensive, assault against an enemy, opponent, or a target
    "The Germans struck Poland on Sept. 1, 1939"; "We must strike the enemy's oil fields"; "in the fifth inning, the Giants struck, sending three runners home to win the game 5 to 2";
    - hit
  5. Indicate (a certain time) by striking
    "The clock struck midnight"; "Just when I entered, the clock struck"
  6. Affect or afflict suddenly, usually adversely
    "The earthquake struck at midnight";
    - hit
  7. Stop work in order to press demands
    "The auto workers are striking for higher wages";
    - walk out
  8. Touch or seem as if touching visually or audibly
    "The light struck the golden necklace"; "A strange sound struck my ears";
    - fall, shine
  9. Attain
    "The horse finally struck a pace";
    - come to
  10. Produce by manipulating keys or strings of musical instruments
    "strike 'z' on the keyboard"; "The pianist strikes a middle C";
    - hit
  11. Cause to form (an electric arc) between electrodes of an arc lamp
    "strike an arc"
  12. Find unexpectedly
    "she struck a goldmine"; "The hikers finally struck the main path to the lake";
    - fall upon, come upon, light upon, chance upon, come across, chance on, happen upon, attain, discover
  13. Produce by ignition or a blow
    "strike fire from the flintstone"; "strike a match"
  14. Remove by erasing or crossing out or as if by drawing a line
    "Please strike this remark from the record";
    - scratch, expunge, excise
  15. Cause to experience suddenly
    "Panic struck me"; "The thought struck terror in our minds"; "They were struck with fear";
    - hit, come to
  16. Drive something violently into a location
    "she struck her head on the low ceiling";
    - hit
  17. Occupy or take on
    "strike a pose";
    - assume, take, take up
  18. Disassemble a temporary structure, such as a tent or a theatrical set
    "after the show, we'll have to strike the set and pack up"
  19. Form by stamping, punching, or printing
    "strike coins"; "strike a medal";
    - mint, coin
  20. Smooth with a strickle
    "strike the grain in the measure";
    - strickle
  21. Pierce with force
    "The bullet struck her thigh"; "The icy wind struck through our coats"
  22. Hook by a pull on the line
    "strike a fish";
    - seize
  23. Arrive at after reckoning, deliberating, and weighing
    "strike a balance"; "strike a bargain"

Derived forms: strikings

See also: conspicuous, drop, impressive

Type of: accomplish, achieve, affect, assail, attack, attain, bear on, bear upon, break apart, break up, cancel, come about, create, create from raw material, create from raw stuff, delete, disassemble, dismantle, displace, dissent, even, even out, fall out, figure out, find, flush, form, go on, hap [archaic], happen, happening, hook, impact, level, lick [N. Amer, informal], make, move, natural event, occur, occurrence, occurrent, pass, pass off, penetrate, perforate, protest, puzzle out, reach, read, record, regain, register, resist, shape, show, solve, suss [Brit, informal], suss out [Brit, informal], take apart, take place, touch, touch on, touching, unriddle, work, work out

Antonym: miss

Encyclopedia: Striking

Strike, John