streak

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noun

1
: a line or mark of a different color or texture from the ground : stripe
2
a
: 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
3
a
: a narrow band of light
b
: a lightning bolt
4
a
: 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

streak

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verb

streaked; streaking; streaks

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
streaker noun

Examples of streak in a Sentence

Noun He left streaks where he wiped the glass. The miners had streaks of coal dust on their faces. a streak of 11 straight victories Verb A shooting star streaked across the sky. A skateboarder streaked past us.
Recent Examples on the Web
Noun
That is tied for the longest streak with a power-play goal in franchise history. Jordan McPherson, Miami Herald, 18 Feb. 2024 Mountain West women’s basketball NEVADA 68, BOISE STATE 65, OT The Broncos used a four-game winning streak to climb into fourth place in the Mountain West the past two weeks, but a tough loss Saturday in Reno allowed the Wolf Pack (14-12, 8-5) to tie them in the standings. Jim Keyser, Idaho Statesman, 18 Feb. 2024 The Aztecs have won all 18 games at Viejas Arena since, equaling the longest active home win streak in the nation with four other teams (Kansas, Houston, Drake and Morehead State). Mark Zeigler, San Diego Union-Tribune, 16 Feb. 2024 Jackson had a team-best 19 points and four rebounds in Thursday night’s 79-70 victory over Texas San Antonio, drawing a game-high nine fouls with his presence in the paint, pushing the Charlotte 49ers’ win streak in Halton Arena to nine games. Hunter Bailey, Charlotte Observer, 16 Feb. 2024 Retail sales, which captures spending on all goods and food services, fell 0.8% in January, the Commerce Department reported Thursday, breaking a two-month streak of increases. Bryan Mena, CNN, 15 Feb. 2024 Heading into Couturier’s first game as captain against the Toronto Maple Leafs at Scotiabank Arena on Thursday, Philadelphia is riding a four-game winning streak and sits third in the Metropolitan Division with 64 points, two ahead of Toronto in the Eastern Conference’s first wild-card spot. Carol Schram, Forbes, 15 Feb. 2024 For the streak to continue, the Panthers would have to finish ahead of Mitty in pool play. Nathan Canilao, The Mercury News, 14 Feb. 2024 Sacramento has endured a stormy streak due to an atmospheric river, resulting in above average rain totals for the month of January. Jacqueline Pinedo, Sacramento Bee, 13 Feb. 2024
Verb
Many of the few eagles who reside here are tagged, but this one was not, and the tail was streaked with black, not yet pure white, suggesting an immature age of 4 to 5 years. Ernie Cowan, San Diego Union-Tribune, 18 Feb. 2024 Some of the large apartment buildings were still standing, but black smoke stains streaked upward out of most windows. Michael Tobin, Fox News, 12 Feb. 2024 Her long light brown hair, streaked with gray, was pulled back into a tight ponytail at the nape of her neck. Deborah Bonello, Los Angeles Times, 14 Nov. 2023 Lice appeared as large as lobsters, while the wings of birds were abnormally stretched, their feathers streaked with garish colors. Merve Emre, The New Yorker, 29 Jan. 2024 Viewers can see up to about 120 shooting stars streaking across the sky per hour under perfect conditions. Margaret Osborne, Smithsonian Magazine, 2 Jan. 2024 The Trail Blazers were threatening to cut a 28-point deficit to single digits late in the third quarter, when Jones snagged a long defensive rebound and whipped the ball to Osman streaking up the court. Jeff McDonald, San Antonio Express-News, 30 Dec. 2023 The Quadrantids will streak through the sky at a speed of about 25 miles per second. Aliza Chasan, CBS News, 3 Jan. 2024 Meteors are known to streak across the open night sky, meaning using such tools could in fact limit your view. Jennifer Hassan, Washington Post, 3 Jan. 2024 See More

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Word History

Etymology

Noun

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

First Known Use

Noun

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

Verb

1576, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

Time Traveler
The first known use of streak was before the 12th century

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Cite this Entry

“Streak.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/streak. Accessed 26 Feb. 2024.

Kids Definition

streak

1 of 2 noun
1
: a line or mark of a different color or texture from its background : stripe
2
: the color of the fine powder of a mineral obtained by scratching or rubbing against a hard white surface
3
a
: a narrow band of light
b
: a lightning bolt
4
a
: a small amount : trace, strain
streak of stubbornness
b
: a brief period or series
a streak of luck
was on a winning streak
5
: a narrow layer
a streak of fat in bacon

streak

2 of 2 verb
1
: to make or have streaks on or in
2
: to move swiftly : rush
a jet streaking across the sky

Medical Definition

streak

1 of 2 noun
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

streak

2 of 2 transitive verb
: to implant (inoculum) in a line on a solid medium

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