So this startling move towards Internet censorship should come as no surprise.
Cirque du Soleil obviously sprang to startling success with a variety of shows since its 1987 founding.
And then there's Newsweek's lease foibles: last year, it paid $13 million in rent, a startling figure for a company its size.
c.1300, "run to and fro," frequentative of sterten (see start (v.)). Sense of "move suddenly in surprise or fear" first recorded 1520s. Transitive meaning "frighten suddenly" is from 1590s. The word retains more of the original meaning of start (v.). Related: Startled; startling.