Synonyms of striking


1. contact, impinging, striking, happening, occurrence, occurrent, natural event

usage: the physical coming together of two or more things; "contact with the pier scraped paint from the hull"

2. hit, hitting, striking, touch, touching

usage: the act of contacting one thing with another; "repeated hitting raised a large bruise"; "after three misses she finally got a hit"


1. strike, touch

usage: deliver a sharp blow, as with the hand, fist, or weapon; "The teacher struck the child"; "the opponent refused to strike"; "The boxer struck the attacker dead"

2. affect, impress, move, strike

usage: have an emotional or cognitive impact upon; "This child impressed me as unusually mature"; "This behavior struck me as odd"

3. hit, strike, impinge on, run into, collide with, touch

usage: hit against; come into sudden contact with; "The car hit a tree"; "He struck the table with his elbow"

4. strike, hit, attack, assail

usage: make a strategic, offensive, assault against an enemy, opponent, or a target; "The Germans struck Poland on Sept. 1, 1939"; "We must strike the enemy's oil fields"; "in the fifth inning, the Giants struck, sending three runners home to win the game 5 to 2"

5. strike, read, register, show, record

usage: indicate (a certain time) by striking; "The clock struck midnight"; "Just when I entered, the clock struck"

6. hit, strike, affect, impact, bear upon, bear on, touch on, touch

usage: affect or afflict suddenly, usually adversely; "We were hit by really bad weather"; "He was stricken with cancer when he was still a teenager"; "The earthquake struck at midnight"

7. strike, walk out, protest, resist, dissent

usage: stop work in order to press demands; "The auto workers are striking for higher wages"; "The employees walked out when their demand for better benefits was not met"

8. fall, shine, strike, happen, hap, go on, pass off, occur, pass, fall out, come about, take place

usage: touch or seem as if touching visually or audibly; "Light fell on her face"; "The sun shone on the fields"; "The light struck the golden necklace"; "A strange sound struck my ears"

9. come to, strike, achieve, accomplish, attain, reach

usage: attain; "The horse finally struck a pace"

10. strike, hit, touch

usage: produce by manipulating keys or strings of musical instruments, also metaphorically; "The pianist strikes a middle C"; "strike `z' on the keyboard"; "her comments struck a sour note"

11. strike, shape, form

usage: cause to form (an electric arc) between electrodes of an arc lamp; "strike an arc"

12. fall upon, strike, come upon, light upon, chance upon, come across, chance on, happen upon, attain, discover, find, regain

usage: find unexpectedly; "the archeologists chanced upon an old tomb"; "she struck a goldmine"; "The hikers finally struck the main path to the lake"

13. strike, make, create

usage: produce by ignition or a blow; "strike fire from the flintstone"; "strike a match"

14. strike, scratch, expunge, excise, delete, cancel

usage: remove by erasing or crossing out or as if by drawing a line; "Please strike this remark from the record"; "scratch that remark"

15. hit, strike, come to

usage: cause to experience suddenly; "Panic struck me"; "An interesting idea hit her"; "A thought came to me"; "The thought struck terror in our minds"; "They were struck with fear"

16. hit, strike, move, displace

usage: drive something violently into a location; "he hit his fist on the table"; "she struck her head on the low ceiling"

17. assume, take, strike, take up, move

usage: occupy or take on; "He assumes the lotus position"; "She took her seat on the stage"; "We took our seats in the orchestra"; "She took up her position behind the tree"; "strike a pose"

18. mint, coin, strike, create from raw material, create from raw stuff

usage: form by stamping, punching, or printing; "strike coins"; "strike a medal"

19. strickle, strike, flush, level, even out, even

usage: smooth with a strickle; "strickle the grain in the measure"

20. strike, penetrate, perforate

usage: pierce with force; "The bullet struck her thigh"; "The icy wind struck through our coats"

21. strike, solve, work out, figure out, puzzle out, lick, work

usage: arrive at after reckoning, deliberating, and weighing; "strike a balance"; "strike a bargain"


1. dramatic, spectacular, striking, impressive (vs. unimpressive)

usage: 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"

2. outstanding, prominent, salient, spectacular, striking, conspicuous (vs. inconspicuous)

usage: 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"

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