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Dictionary Definition

striking adj
1 sensational in appearance or thrilling in effect; "a dramatic sunset"; "a dramatic pause"; "a spectacular display of northern lights"; "it was a spectacular play"; "his striking good looks always created a sensation" [syn: dramatic, spectacular]
2 having a quality that thrusts itself into attention; "an outstanding fact of our time is that nations poisoned by anti semitism proved less fortunate in regard to their own freedom"; "a new theory is the most prominent feature of the book"; "salient traits"; "a spectacular rise in prices"; "a striking thing about Picadilly Circus is the statue of Eros in the center"; "a striking resemblance between parent and child" [syn: outstanding, prominent, salient, spectacular]


1 the physical coming together of two or more things; "contact with the pier scraped paint from the hull" [syn: contact, impinging]
2 the act of contacting one thing with another; "repeated hitting raised a large bruise"; "after three misses she finally got a hit" [syn: hit, hitting]

User Contributed Dictionary




  1. of that which makes a strong impression
    He looked quite striking in his new suit and tie.


  • Dutch: opvallend
  • Finnish: silmiinpistävä (1)
  • German: auffällig
  • Spanish: llamativo


  1. present participle of strike

Extensive Definition

Strike may refer to a refusal to work or perform, including:
  • Strike action or work strike, a work stoppage by a corporation or public institution
  • General strike, a strike action by a critical mass of the labor force in a city, region or country
  • Church strike, strike decided by the Christian church
  • Prison strike, a strike taking place inside a prison
  • Student strike a mass refusal of students to go to class, in protest of school issues, or in sympathy with a strike action or general strike
  • Culture strike, refusal to produce or show art
  • Hunger strike, voluntary refusal to eat as an act of protest
  • Rent strike, the withholding of rent to achieve certain goals
  • Sex strike, refraining from sex to achieve goals
Strike may refer to a physical confrontation or removal, including:
In economics:
  • Strike (finance) is the price at which the holder buys or sells if they choose to exercise an option
In law:
In science and technology:
In the arts and entertainment:
In sports and games:
  • Strike (baseball), a mark against a batter
  • Strike (bowling), when a player knocks down all the pins with the first ball of a frame
  • In cricket, a batsman is "on strike" when facing the bowler
  • An accurate, driven shot using the laces of the shoe in football (soccer)

See also

striking in Danish: Strike
striking in German: Strike
striking in Korean: 스트라이크 (동음이의)
striking in Italian: Strike
striking in Dutch: Strekking
striking in Japanese: ストライク
striking in Russian: Страйк

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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