\ˈstrēk \

Definition of streak 

(Entry 1 of 2)

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

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 character

b : inoculum implanted in a line on a solid medium

c : any of numerous virus diseases of plants (such as tobacco and corn) resembling mosaic but usually producing at least some linear markings

3a : a narrow band of light

b : a lightning bolt

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 : a narrow layer (as of fat)

6 : an act or instance of streaking


streaked; streaking; streaks

Definition of streak (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

: to make streaks on or in tears streaking her face

intransitive verb

1 : to move swiftly : rush a jet streaking across the sky

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

3 : to run naked through a public place

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Other Words from streak


streaker noun

Synonyms for streak

Synonyms: Noun

band, bar, stripe

Synonyms: Verb

band, bar, stripe

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Examples of streak in a Sentence


He left streaks where he wiped the glass. The miners had streaks of coal dust on their faces. a streak of 11 straight victories


A shooting star streaked across the sky. A skateboarder streaked past us.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Unlike other hedge-fund investors on a hot streak, the 43-year-old Mr. Talpins has kept a low profile. Gregory Zuckerman And, WSJ, "Jeffrey Talpins Is the Hedge-Fund King You’ve Never Heard Of," 2 Dec. 2018 Huda Beauty is definitely on a hot streak — this week alone the brand has launched new Demi Matte Cream lipsticks, teased a new eye shadow palette, and announced an elevator makeup challenge with a $5,000 prize. Macaela Mackenzie, Allure, "The New Huda Beauty Matte Perfection Primer Is Made Especially for Oily and Acne-Prone Skin," 19 July 2018 YurView Cox channel 4 Radio: El Patron 93.7 FM, Fox Sports 910 AM Streaming: ESPN+ Outlook: The Rising are on a six-game unbeaten streak and haven't loss since May 26. ... Clevis Murray, azcentral, "Phoenix Rising's Chris Cortez enjoying big season, life in Arizona, 'Game of Thrones'," 13 July 2018 The Sycamores enter the 2018 season on a 14-game losing streak and Curt Mallory is still looking for his first win in charge. Matthew Glenesk, Indianapolis Star, "Ranking Indiana's top 50 college football games in 2018," 11 July 2018 Hitters to Watch This Week Jesus Aguilar, 1B, Brewers Aguilar belted his 21st and 22nd homers of the season on Sunday, heading into the final week of the first half on a hot streak. Michael Beller,, "A Look at The Fantasy All-Stars Who Should Find Themselves in D.C.," 9 July 2018 Just treasure it and pass it down in the generations.’’ Belgium is now on a 24-match unbeaten streak., "Belgium holds off Brazil’s comeback effort to reach World Cup semifinals," 6 July 2018 What is clear is that, right as new mobility options are growing and in many cases thriving, Lyft is also on a hot streak. Patrick Sisson, Curbed, "How Lyft’s bikeshare investment might change how we get around cities," 3 July 2018 After a frigid start to the season that saw him hit .059 (2-for-34), Susnara has been on a red-hot streak. Paul Johnson, Naperville Sun, "Not-so-tiny Tim: Standout defensive catcher Tim Susnara heats up at the plate for Kane County Cougars," 3 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Our view of this hyperactive region is obscured by interstellar dust particles, which together absorb virtually every photon streaking toward Earth. Alan Hirshfeld, WSJ, "Book Review: Feeling Gravity’s Pull," 16 Nov. 2018 The Italian eatery offers the ideal vantage point to appreciate the capitalist vibe zooming through this city like the endless stream of motorcycles streaking past. Betsy Blumenthal, Condé Nast Traveler, "The Best Hotels in the World: 2018 Readers' Choice Awards," 9 Oct. 2018 To visitors, blurting their approval as wigs and sets streaked past, the studio’s arteries seemed like the most fun and exciting place in world. Jenna Marotta, Vogue, "In Love, Gilda A Comedy Legend Finally Gets Her Due," 20 Sep. 2018 Alleven London's Colour Shield is the product that made Bey's skin look FaceTuned during her whole set, without streaking or smudging. Cara Kelly, USA TODAY, "Packing the ultimate weekender: Our favorite products for your carry-on or beach bag," 9 July 2018 But unlike many of his prior games, in which his follow-up passes would sail over teammates’ heads or out of bounds entirely, his cross this time found a streaking Roldan perfectly. Geoff Baker, The Seattle Times, "Sounders get needed early goal en route to blowout of Houston," 8 Oct. 2018 The rest of the Democrats were caught colluding with streaking protesters. Fox News, "Nation marks 17 years since attacks of Sept. 11," 12 Sep. 2018 On the second day of the summit, planes from the British Royal Air Force streaked overhead celebrating its 100th anniversary. The Economist, "Thanks to Boris Johnson, a farcical west-Balkan summit in London," 11 July 2018 Her platinum blond–streaked mane seemed an essential part of her personal style and writerly aesthetic. Jessica Berger Gross, Longreads, "Gone Gray," 10 July 2018

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First Known Use of streak


before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1576, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

History and Etymology for streak


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

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English Language Learners Definition of streak

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: 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



English Language Learners Definition of streak (Entry 2 of 2)

: 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


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Kids Definition of streak

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a line or mark of a different color or texture from its background You left a streak of mud on the rug.

2 : a narrow band of light a streak of lightning

3 : an amount of a quality She's got a stubborn streak.

4 : a short series of something a winning streak

Other Words from streak

streaked \ˈstrēkt, ˈstrē-​kəd \ adjective


streaked; streaking

Kids Definition of streak (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : to make or have a line or mark of color in or on His hair is streaked with gray.

2 : to move swiftly : rush A jet streaked across the sky.


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Medical Definition of streak 

(Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a usually irregular line or stripe — see primitive streak

2 : inoculum implanted (as with a needle drawn across the surface) in a line on a solid medium

Medical Definition of streak (Entry 2 of 2)

: to implant (inoculum) in a line on a solid medium

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