attractive; impressive: a scene of striking beauty.
noticeable; conspicuous: a striking lack of enthusiasm.
being on strike, as workers.
capable of attacking an enemy, especially by air: striking power.
within the extent of space through which it is possible to attack a target effectively: striking distance.

1605–15; strike + -ing2

strikingly, adverb
strikingness, noun
nonstriking, adjective
unstriking, adjective

1. remarkable, noteworthy. Unabridged
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striking (ˈstraɪkɪŋ)
1.  attracting attention; fine; impressive: a striking beauty
2.  conspicuous; noticeable: a striking difference

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Word Origin & History

"producing a vivid impression," 1752, from strike (v.) in the sense of "to catch the fancy of" (1599).
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Science Dictionary
strike   (strīk)  Pronunciation Key 
The course or bearing of a structural surface, such as an inclined bed or a fault plane, as it intersects a horizontal plane. See illustration at dip.
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Cultural Dictionary

strike definition

A concerted refusal by employees in a particular business or industry to work. Its goal is usually to force employers to meet demands respecting wages and other working conditions.

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Example sentences
Miniature carnations and spiky fir needles create a wreath that's both fragrant
  and strikingly elegant.
Over time, the isolation of different dinosaur populations led to the origin
  over strikingly different species.
But the amphibian also looks strikingly different to other species.
But an independent-minded biologist is arguing for a strikingly different way
  to understand cells.
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