from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • adjective Arresting the attention and producing a vivid impression on the sight or the mind. synonym: noticeable.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun The removal of the center upon which an arch has been built. See striking-plate.
  • noun The propagation of plants by cuttings or slips.
  • 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.
  • noun The taking down of the cured tobacco-plant from the tiers for stripping. See stripping, 10.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adjective Affecting with strong emotions; surprising; forcible; impressive; very noticeable
  • a. & n. from strike, v.
  • the distance through which an object can be reached by striking; the distance at which a force is effective when directed to a particular object.
  • A part of the centering of an arch, which is driven back to loosen the centering in striking it.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • adjective of that which makes a strong impression
  • verb Present participle of strike.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adjective having a quality that thrusts itself into attention
  • adjective sensational in appearance or thrilling in effect
  • noun the physical coming together of two or more things
  • noun the act of contacting one thing with another


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