• WordNet 3.6
    • adj striking 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"
    • adj striking 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"
    • n striking the act of contacting one thing with another "repeated hitting raised a large bruise","after three misses she finally got a hit"
    • n striking the physical coming together of two or more things "contact with the pier scraped paint from the hull"
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Additional illustrations & photos:

Apparatus for Striking a Light Apparatus for Striking a Light
Striking Them Down As a Mason Does--2-29-204 Striking Them Down As a Mason Does--2-29-204
Just as he was going to strike Just as he was going to strike
Entellus about to strike the final blow Entellus about to strike the final blow

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Lightning strikes the Empire States Building about seven times a year
    • Striking a. & n. from Strike v.
    • a Striking Affecting with strong emotions; surprising; forcible; impressive; very noticeable; as, a striking representation or image; a striking resemblance. "A striking fact."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Carnivorous animals will not eat another animal that has been hit by a lightning strike.
    • n striking The removal of the center upon which an arch has been built. See striking-plate.
    • n striking The propagation of plants by cuttings or slips.
    • striking Standing out prominently and conspicuously, so as strongly to impress the eye or the mind; prominent; notable; impressive; remarkable; surprising: as, a striking resemblance; a striking remark.
    • n striking The taking down of the cured tobacco-plant from the tiers for stripping. See stripping, 10.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Lightning strikes 6,000 times every minute on the entire planet
    • adj Striking affecting: surprising: forcible: impressive: exact
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  • Mexican Proverb
    Mexican Proverb
    “He who strikes first, strikes twice.”
  • Ninon De L'Enclos
    Ninon De L'Enclos
    “That which is striking and beautiful is not always good; but that which is good is always beautiful.”
  • Leo Aikman
    Leo Aikman
    “Most of us are umpires at heart; we like to call balls and strikes on somebody else.”
  • Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
    “Strike the dog dead, it's but a critic!”
  • Andy Rooney
    Andy Rooney
    “Happiness depends more on how life strikes you than on what happens.”
  • Mark Twain
    “One of the striking differences between a cat and a lie is that the cat has only nine lives.”


Strike a chord - If strikes a chord, it is familiar to you, reminds you of something or is connected to you somehow.
Strike while the iron is hot - If you strike while the iron is hot you do something when things are going well for you and you have a good chance to succeed.


Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. strícan; Ger. streichen, to move, to strike.


In literature:

One blow would strike the life from Bill's body as the lightning strikes it from a tree.
"The Snowshoe Trail" by Edison Marshall
I can tell when I strike a man out.
"Frank Merriwell's Son" by Burt L. Standish
Our new Commanding Officer is also Bishop of the St. Thomas Strike Force, it seems.
"The Alembic Plot" by Ann Wilson
With her next speech she seemed to strike off at a tangent.
"The Woman from Outside" by Hulbert Footner
Strikes one as amusing, Jack.
"Prescott of Saskatchewan" by Harold Bindloss
There is nothing particularly striking about the story.
"Newspaper Reporting and Correspondence" by Grant Milnor Hyde
An idea seemed suddenly to strike him, and turning, he thrust his head in at the door.
"The Gold Girl" by James B. Hendryx
They recounted the horrors of strikes past, and presaged them for strikes to come.
"Elizabeth Hobart at Exeter Hall" by Jean K. Baird
Great and striking is the difference between Ithaca and Pylos.
"Homer's Odyssey" by Denton J. Snider
He killed them whenever he met them; nor did he, like Crabtree, wait until the advantage was all on his side before striking.
"A Virginia Scout" by Hugh Pendexter

In poetry:

And almost everyone when age,
Disease, or sorrows strike him,
Inclines to think there is a God,
Or something very like Him.
"There Is No God, the Wicked Sayeth" by Arthur Hugh Clough
He rode by ash, he rode by oak,
He rode the thicket round,
And heard no woodman strike a stroke,
No wandering wife he found.
"The Hall And The Wood" by William Morris
"What are the stars before our eyes
That strike us well-nigh blind?"
"Oh, that is just how things arise
According as you find."
"The Ballad of Minepit Shaw" by Rudyard Kipling
Rise, my soul! on wings of fire,
Rise the rapt'rous choir among;
Hark! 'tis Nature strikes the lyre,
And leads the general song:
"Ode On The Pleasure Arising From Vicissitude" by Thomas Gray
I thought to join the heavenly choir,
To strike a harp of light;
While this forgotten, tuneless lyre
Rested 'mid shades of night.
"On Recovering From Sickness" by Caroline Oliphant
The threat'nings of thy broken law
Impress our souls with dread;
If God his sword of vengeance draw,
It strikes our spirits dead.
"Hymn 38 part 1" by Isaac Watts

In news:

Michael Stipe, Tom Gilroy Strike Back Against GOP ' Aristocracy '.
Most nights when hunger strikes, Dave and I go on the hunt for something quick, delicious and cheap.
WINK News' Jim Farell explains the lightning strike that injured 12-year-old Jesse Watlington - 11:06 am.
Basra Strikes A "Success".
Councilwoman strikes out in quest for proof of ballpark funding.
Two taken to Meritus after vehicle strikes bear on I-70.
Beef cattle community strikes gold.
Beef cattle community strikes gold.
Case of blonde girl beggar rescued from streets strikes nerve in Mexico.
What strikes you first is the sky and its emptiness.
Todd Helton walks back to the dugout after striking out against the Arizona Diamondbacks on June 5 in Phoenix, Arizona.
Ahmadinejad, at UN, Says Tehran Would Hold US Responsible for a Military Strike Against Its Nuclear Facilities.
Yemeni leader says he approves all US drone strikes.
A Spring man is accused of striking and killing a 14-year-old girl and hitting a cyclist while on a drug used for bodybuilding , court records show.
Giants pitcher Sergio Romo, left, is embraced by catcher Buster Posey on Sunday after striking out Tigers slugger Miguel Cabrera in the 10th inning, giving San Francisco a 4-3 win and a World Series sweep at Detroit's Comerica Park.

In science:

However, it is striking that both types of models show similar phases.
Stochastic Maps, Wealth Distribution in Random Asset Exchange Models and the Marginal Utility of Relative Wealth
The resulting effective Hamiltonian has a quite simple and striking structure.
Instability and Degeneracy in the BMN Correspondence
One of the more striking results of these studies is the frequency with which the metallicity distributions of these GC systems are bimodal (e.g.
The Globular Cluster System of NGC 5128 I. Survey and Catalogs
These photons will be absorbed efficiently and re-radiated at a longer wavelength (green) if they strike a WLS fibre.
Development of a compact scintillator hodoscope with wavelength-shifting fibre read-out
His result suggests a striking similarity with corresponding statistics of the distribution of the eigenvalues of random Hermitian or unitary matrices when T is large.
Large deviations and stochastic calculus for large random matrices