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streak

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noun \ˈstrēk\

Simple Definition of streak

  • : a long, thin mark that is a different color from its background

  • : a quality that is noticeable especially because it is different from a person's other qualities

  • : a period of repeated success or failure

Full Definition of streak

  1. 1 :  a line or mark of a different color or texture from the ground :  stripe

  2. 2a :  the color of the fine powder of a mineral obtained by scratching or rubbing against a hard white surface and constituting an important distinguishing characterb :  inoculum implanted in a line on a solid mediumc :  any of numerous virus diseases of plants (as tobacco and corn) resembling mosaic but usually producing at least some linear markings

  3. 3a :  a narrow band of lightb :  a lightning bolt

  4. 4a :  a slight admixture :  trace <had a mean streak in him>b :  a brief run (as of luck)c :  a consecutive series <was on a winning streak>

  5. 5 :  a narrow layer (as of fat)

  6. 6 :  an act or instance of streaking

Examples of streak

  1. He left streaks where he wiped the glass.

  2. The miners had streaks of coal dust on their faces.

  3. a streak of 11 straight victories



Origin of streak

Middle English streke, from Old English strica; akin to Old High German strich line, Latin striga row — more at strike


First Known Use: before 12th century

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streak

verb

Simple Definition of streak

  • : to make long lines of a different color on or in (something)

  • : to go or move very quickly

  • : to run through a public place naked in order to get attention

Full Definition of streak

  • transitive verb
    1. :  to make streaks on or in <tears streaking her face>

    2. intransitive verb
    3. 1 :  to move swiftly :  rush <a jet streaking across the sky>

    4. 2 :  to have a streak (as of winning or outstanding performances)

    5. 3 :  to run naked through a public place

    streak·er noun

    Examples of streak

    1. A shooting star streaked across the sky.

    2. A skateboarder streaked past us.



    1576

    First Known Use of streak

    1576




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