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streak

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noun \ˈstrēk\

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 (such 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 himb :  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 in a Sentence

  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 and Etymology 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

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Definition of streak

  1. transitive verb
  2. :  to make streaks on or in tears streaking her face

  3. intransitive verb
  4. 1 :  to move swiftly :  rush a jet streaking across the sky

  5. 2 :  to have a streak (as of winning or outstanding performances)

  6. 3 :  to run naked through a public place

streaker

noun

Examples of streak in a Sentence

  1. A shooting star streaked across the sky.

  2. A skateboarder streaked past us.

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First Known Use of streak

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STREAK Defined for English Language Learners

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streak

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noun \ˈstrēk\

Definition of streak for English Language Learners

  • : 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

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streak

verb

Definition of streak for English Language Learners

  • : 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


STREAK Defined for Kids

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streak

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noun \ˈstrēk\

Definition of streak for Students

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

  2. 2 :  a narrow band of light a streak of lightning

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

  4. 4 :  a short series of something a winning streak

streaked

\ˈstrēkt, ˈstrē-kəd\ adjective

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streak

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verb

Definition of streak for Students

streaked

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streaking

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

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


Medical Dictionary

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streak

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noun \ˈstrēk\

Medical Definition of streak

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

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


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streak

transitive verb

Medical Definition of streak

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



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