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
  1. adjective
    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”
    synonyms: outstanding, prominent, salient, spectacular
    obvious to the eye or mind
  2. adjective
    sensational in appearance or thrilling in effect
    “his striking good looks always created a sensation”
    synonyms: dramatic, spectacular
    making a strong or vivid impression
  3. noun
    the physical coming together of two or more things
    synonyms: 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
  4. noun
    the act of contacting one thing with another
    synonyms: 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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