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strik·ing / ˈstrīking/ • adj. 1. attracting attention by reason of being unusual, extreme, or prominent: the murder bore a striking similarity to an earlier shooting | it is striking that no research into the problem is occurring. ∎  dramatically good-looking or beautiful: she is naturally striking a striking landscape.2. (of an employee) on strike: striking mine workers.• n. the action of striking: substantial damage was caused by the striking of a submerged object.PHRASES: within striking distancesee distance.DERIVATIVES: strik·ing·ly adv. a strikingly beautiful girl.