Something striking grabs your attention because it’s vivid and surprising. Many twins have a striking resemblance. People in red satin evening gowns, the pyramids in Egypt, and platform heels with fish in them are also striking.

Anything striking is hard not to notice; it almost hits, or strikes, you with surprise, like a toddler in a tuxedo. People can be striking, and so can landscapes — one of the most striking sights in the world is the Grand Canyon, which is why so many people visit just to look at it. Non-visual things can be striking too, like a striking thought that makes you shout, “Eureka!”

Definitions of striking

adj having a quality that thrusts itself into attention

“a striking thing about Picadilly Circus is the statue of Eros in the center”
“a striking resemblance between parent and child”
outstanding, prominent, salient, spectacular
obvious to the eye or mind

adj sensational in appearance or thrilling in effect

“his striking good looks always created a sensation”
dramatic, spectacular
making a strong or vivid impression

n the physical coming together of two or more things

contact, impinging
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collision, hit
(physics) a brief event in which two or more bodies come together
engagement, interlocking, mesh, meshing
contact by fitting together
a light sharp contact (usually with something flexible)
the striking of one body against another
touch, touching
the event of something coming in contact with the body
blow, bump
an impact (as from a collision)
a forceful impact that makes a loud noise
brush, light touch
momentary contact
a light touch
Type of:
happening, natural event, occurrence, occurrent
an event that happens

n the act of contacting one thing with another

hit, hitting
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the action of bruising
crash, smash
the act of colliding with something
(baseball) the act of hitting a baseball lightly without swinging the bat
fly, fly ball
(baseball) a hit that flies up in the air
ground ball, groundball, grounder, hopper
(baseball) a hit that travels along the ground
(soccer) the act of hitting the ball with your head
scorcher, screamer
a very hard hit ball
plunk, plunker
(baseball) hitting a baseball so that it drops suddenly
impaction, impingement
a sharp collision produced by striking or dashing against something
a very long fly ball
pop fly, pop-fly, pop-up
a short high fly ball
chop, chopper
a grounder that bounces high in the air
a grounder that rolls along the infield
line drive, liner
(baseball) a hit that flies straight out from the batter
(baseball) a fly ball hit a short distance into the outfield
Texas leaguer
(baseball) a fly ball that falls between and infielder and an outfielder
Type of:
touch, touching
the act of putting two things together with no space between them

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